With travel prices becoming more and more affordable, business trips are becoming much more frequent. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your business trip, check out our top 5 simple tips!
Preparation Pays Off
Make sure you are prepared. When packing your case, think about the things you would use in a normal business day. Items such as chargers, and your computer mouse, are all easily forgotten, but such crucial factors to whether your trip runs smoothly or not.
Allow Extra Time
Don’t get to the meeting by the skin of your teeth, or worse, late. Ensure that you allow extra time for any factors that could delay you going through the airport, such as cancellations, traffic, and long queues.
Rather than rushing directly from the airport to your meeting, booking a hotel the night before your meeting will allow you to get a good night's sleep, meaning you will be fully refreshed, and ready to take on the meeting, rather than running through the door, rushed and unprepared!
Not All Countries Do Business like the UK
When doing business abroad, it is important to remember that not all countries do business like how we do here in the UK. This is why it is important to do your research on business practices in the countries that you are travelling to. Some countries such as Mexico, like to stand very close to each other when talking business, however, in other cultures this can be seen as rude and disrespectful. Some cultures like to give gifts to their customers when doing business, however others can see this as a form of bribery. Doing your research on business practices will allow you to be clued up on the dos and don’ts of business in your destination.
Wi-Fi Quality is Key
When on a business trip, internet connection is such an important part. It allows you to keep in contact with your company at home, contact the company you are visiting, and do any work/research that needs to be done. As internet connection plays such a large part in business trips today, why not research reviews of the hotels Wi-Fi quality. Researching the Wi-Fi quality will allow you to judge whether or not the levels of connection are sufficient enough for your needs. A hotel with poor Wi-Fi connection is not great for someone who intends to be working there! The reviews will allow you to hear from people who have already experienced it, and will give you an honest opinion. Having poor Wi-Fi connection could hinder your work efficiency.
Up Your Organisational Skills
Making a check list a couple of days before you will start packing is a good way to make sure that you have got everything you need with you on your trip. If you are on a tight luggage allowance, prioritise your check list with the items you desperately need at the top, working your way down to items that aren't as important. Tick each item off as you pack so you can keep track of what you've put in your case, and what you haven’t. Check out our blog post here on how to pack a suitcase for further packing advice, and top tips.www.direct-travel.co.uk/blog/how-to-travel-light-how-to-pack-your-hand-luggage
Try to make a schedule before you leave about all the timings, and things you wish to achieve on your trip. Making a schedule will help you to know what you should be doing at what time, so that you can get as much as possible out of your trip. Making a schedule will also help your trip to run as smoothly as it possibly can.
When you are constantly on the move, a lot can go missing, so it is important to keep organised! In order to make sure you are as organised on the other end, as you are when leaving, keep a file for all of your important documents, such as your passport, business cards, any important business documents, details of your travel insurance, your boarding passes etc., so that they do not stray. In order to keep these neat and organised, try to place them into categories, separated by dividers. This will help you to be able to access the files that you are after quickly and easily. The last thing anyone wants is to turn up for a business meeting unprepared!
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