Travelling for work is exciting, financially rewarding and a chance to take your business to the next level. However, it can leave you feeling tired, anxious and feeling anything but professional. Here are six tips for comfortable business travel, so you arrive ready for action.
1. Carefully Consider Flights
When you’re travelling for work, it’s extra important to ensure comfort and practicality, to make it easier to fulfil your responsibilities on arrival. If you can, book flight schedules that allow ample time to check into a hotel, refresh, have something to eat and put your best ‘business face’ back on. Ask for seats in the Exit Row on board, for extra legroom. Drink lots of water and take snacks to ward off hunger cravings when you’re in a rush. Though it might be tempting, skip sugar, alcohol and coffee.
2. Make Use of Rewards Programs
If you’re a frequent flyer, a rewards program really can be beneficial. Consolidate those you already have into just one or two, to reap the biggest rewards. Make sure you get a card without foreign transactions fees and buy everything from grocery store items to new flights. Business travel is easier without having to worry about cash, plus, you can look forward to accumulating some free goodies.
The USA is one of the most frequented countries for business travellers and if that’s applicable to you, apply for Global Entry. It’s a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. You get to go through automatic kiosks at select airports and beat the crowds, which is good news for time management.
Load your phone up with Apps
Apps are your best friends while travelling for work, to keep everything you need just a tap away.
4. Load Your Phone Up With Apps
Apps are your best friends while travelling for work, to keep everything you need just a tap away. Hopper tells you ‘when to buy and when to fly’ for your next trip, AwardWallet helps you keep track of reward programs, Uber means you don’t have to worry about finding a taxi and Tripit keeps your itineraries in one, handy place.
5. Ask for Hotel Upgrades
To put your best foot forward, you want to get the most out of your hotel room. It’s truly amazing what a difference a few little luxuries can make, after a long day of meetings. The trick is to ask for a room upgrade at the front desk when it’s not busy - and you may just get lucky.
6. Pack Smart
For a business trip, there a few packing trips to make life easier. First of all, choose shoes without laces if you’re taking multiple flights, especially in the USA as you’ll have to remove them at security. Pack light and only take carry-on luggage, so you don’t waste time at the baggage claim. Roll your clothes neatly, rather than fold them, to avoid creases and create more space. Take the appropriate sized toiletries, according to airline regulations, in a clear bag to speed up security checks.
Lastly? Pack something fun, like a good read or even just your favourite chocolate, for a well-deserved treat.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.