Many job roles require business travel as an aspect of the job. This could be once in a blue moon, or a pretty regular occurrence, depending on your role. When starting a job that requires some level of traveling, it does sound exciting. Nevertheless, it certainly doesn’t come without its stresses. From getting there to meeting new people, possible language barriers and trying to impress others, there’s a lot to contend with. To make your next business trip easier here are some easy ways to take all of the stress out of the experience.
Whether it’s you or your boss booking your travel, it should be done as early as possible so that you don’t miss out on key dates. As well, booking your travel early means you’ll likely get it at a discounted rate, as opposed to burning through the travel budget last minute. As well, don’t forget to leave plenty of time when traveling anywhere, especially to meetings, in case there are delays, or you get muddled up with directions in unfamiliar surroundings.
Let’s face it, transport can be unreliable at the best of times, and no matter where you’re coming from or going to, you could find yourself in the middle of a delay, so always be prepared. Between traveling, attending meetings and workshops, you may not have much time in the day for anything else, so bring a few snacks with you to keep you going. A sandwich, a chocolate bar and plenty of water can surely go a long way.
Consider the location of your hotel
It’s likely that you won’t get much say in terms of accommodation for your trip, so once it’s all booked, be sure to research the location of your hotel. Consider how long it’ll take you to get there once you arrive, and how long it’ll take you to get back to the airport, train station or bus station on your way home. If you need to attend meetings and workshops, take some time to study the nearest bus and train stops that service the route you need to travel on, instead of stressing about it 10 minutes before the said meeting is due to start.
Apps are taking over everything, but there are a few in particular that you should consider downloading when traveling for work. Thanks to travel comparison apps like Skyscanner, you can keep an eye on the cheapest flight prices, without having to trawl through the entirety of the internet for the best deals. You can also use apps like Uber to get you from meeting to meeting, and if you’re traveling by train, most train lines have their own apps to give you the latest updates on the running of their services.
When traveling abroad for work, you can download an app called Wolfram Sun Exposure, which allows you to enter your destination and skin type, and will give you informative advice on what level of sun protection you need. If language barriers are a big concern, you can download the Google Translate app to give you a helping hand throughout your trip.
Don’t travel with luggage
Traveling for work is stressful enough, without the added weight of hauling heavy baggage through taxis, train stations and airports. Thanks to luggage shipping companies, you can ship your luggage ahead to your destination, rather than carrying it with you on your flight or on your train journey. This can save you some time and money when booking, as many luggage shipping companies will provide a convenient door to door service, which means your luggage can meet you right at your hotel at the other side. It’s one less thing to worry about.
Written by Stuart Cooke, a blog writer at UniBaggage.com.