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.