Travel Tips for the Business Traveler

If you are a frequent business traveler, chances are you will have strong feelings about the entire thing. Most company workers who make frequent business trips either love or loath the experience. If you are in the latter group, then chances are you will find some highly beneficial information in this article.

From being frequent travelers on company business trips, we both know and understand your situation. Given that experience, we are also uniquely placed to note some of the major pitfalls and how you can adapt and overcome these challenges to enjoy a more relaxing and productive business trip.

Don’t Pack the Kitchen Sink

The age-old error made by travelers the world over. This is especially true on a business trip. You want to be traveling light and comfortably with everything you need and nothing more. Depending on the duration of your trip, you may even opt for just a carry-on bag. This can be combined with your laptop and a convenient attachable suit bag for maximum convenience.

If you are checking a bag, try to ensure that you have at least one change of clothes, all of your essential document and any required products or samples in your carry-on luggage. This means that even if the unthinkable does happen and your bag is delayed for a period, the trip is not a disaster.

Still Attempt to Separate Work and Pleasure

This is much easier said than done of course. Your schedule may be packed full of business meeting or conferences with absolutely no down time. However, if at all possible, try to secure some relaxation time away from the computer or desk on your trip. Even if this means just separating yourself from your laptop to watch an in-flight movie or taking a short stroll around the neighborhood where your office is located. The key factor is to mentally separate yourself from work during this time.

Try not to Over Indulge

On the Opposite end of the spectrum, business trips can be a rare opportunity to gather with globally located coworkers. This is a situation you should enjoy, but attempt to tread carefully. There is absolutely nothing worse than several days of a laborious conference, flights across the world and filing of reports, all whilst in a state of flux from having a few too many beverages.

Fly in Style

No, we do not mean take the jet, although there are some great deals to be had from JetSuite. If you have happened to rack up the air miles however, or if your company will be happy to foot the bill, you should attempt to fly business class. There is a reason why it is called “Business Class”. It caters for the needs of exactly who you are, a business traveler. There is nothing better than enjoying the full recline of a business seat either going to or coming home from a busy overseas company trip.

When to Give Complimentary Rooms and Items in the Hotel Industry

Of course, giving away something for nothing does not come naturally as a business-owner. We are often fiercely capitalist in our mentality and have worked to hard to get where we are just to give things away. At least this is the theory.

In practice though, there are a variety of times when giving complimentary room and items away in your hotel business, or any other field for that matter is essential. Not only that, it also make excellent business sense if you have the foresight to see envisage future situations. Here are a few key moments when it is acceptable or even recommended to give something for nothing.

VIP/Regular Customers

The number one thing you want to inspire among your customers is loyalty. Loyalty to your brand, your property and you. One of the best ways to develop this loyalty is through making your regulars feel valued and loved. Nothing says value and love like a free meal or room.

When implementing this strategy, you shouldn’t be using random choice. By using a complete booking solution to manage your property, you should be able to easily view stats on your guest so as, how often they stay and importantly, how much money they contribute to the business. Use this information to your advantage. Just look at every Las Vegas hotel from Hooters to MGM, complimentary rooms are standard.

The Disgruntled Guest

This category is one which arises more out of requirement than desire. Whilst not being too lenient, you want to make sure that your disgruntled patrons anger, regardless of how valid or not it is, does not boil over onto social media and review sites such as trip advisor. These have become vital in the running of modern day business and you just cannot afford negative feedback.

This gives the customer a huge position of strength, all the while backing the business into a corner. You just have to hope that your employee’s personal communication and charm is enough to diffuse any situation before you have to pay too deeply.

Media

In the world of bloggers, endless peer-to-peer reviews and of course the more traditional forms of media, these are opportunities you must take advantage of. It makes perfect sense to offer an upgraded room to a known influencer or a free meal to even a minor celebrity in exchange for some highly valuable positive exposure on the likes of Instagram.

Of course, these people know their own worth and position of power, however, unlike other industries, especially in hospitality, all publicity is not necessarily good publicity. Therefore, when you have the ball in hand, it makes sense to avail of the opportunities as they present.