Business travel should be pleasurable, as much as it should be efficient. If you’re that person who gets homesick but still enjoys meeting new people, closing bigger deals, and sightseeing, the thrill of business travel will never get old. Although travel can cause weariness, you can still stay sharp for your business meetings and daily routines. A few practices will ensure your travels are stress-free and successful.
Prepare yourself in advance:
Good planning saves time and money. Plan and pack smart; note down all the details of the travel in your smartphone and have the list on paper as well. Know your flight times, hotel locations, and transportation mode in advance, but allow flexibility because you’ll not always be in control of the situation. Check your schedule to ensure you’re not overbooked and you can attend all your appointments in time.
Maximise your business travel:
It’s advisable to do as much as you can during your trip, without over-burdening yourself of course, when you get the chance. For example, if you have several clients in the city you’re visiting, it’s wise to try and meet all of them, even if it will take you an extra day to do so. Record and share your experiences on social media to enhance your brand’s visibility.
Try to be self-sufficient by carrying everything you need for your trip. Carry cash in local currency and have internationally accepted credit cards for back up. This way, you’ll never get stuck because of money. In addition, carry over-the-counter medication like antibiotics, cough syrup, painkillers, allergy pills, etc. for small ailments. When you add Band-Aids, a pocket knife, and a sewing kit, you’ll rarely require assistance to fix small issues.
Keep in touch:
Maintain regular contact with your business associates to prevent simple miscommunication from escalating into a bigger problem. Double check information before long meetings and flights to ensure everyone involved is on the same page. When faced with potential challenges, be proactive in discussing them with your home office for solutions to be derived at in a timely fashion.
Work on transit:
Long flights can be beneficial when you use the transit time to work. There are many tools to help you work from anywhere. A mini-laptop will also come in handy when you want to work on a train or bus. Download email apps on your phone for easier communication with your clients and partners while on the move.
Get adequate sleep:
Nothing is worse than a fatigued person during business travel. Get adequate rest by prioritising sleep over partying or socialising to remain sharp and focused during the trip. Lack of sleep can cause mistakes that may lead to lost opportunities.
All in all, business travel should not affect your sense of humour because any challenges you might experience will only be short-term. When things are not going your way, find the irony and laugh it off. Build a network of professionals who travel regularly and you’ll get to enjoy successful travels in no time.