Traveling for work can be both exhausting and exhilarating. It is becoming a necessity in many industries now, as we live in an increasingly global business world. In fact, travel for business makes up a significant part of the travel industry, with 463.6 million trips logged by U.S residents in 2018 for business purposes.
It sounds quite glamorous, doesn’t it? However, anyone who has taken a business trip recently will tell you exactly how tiring it can be. There is the traveling, whichever way you do it, the living out of a suitcase, and having to meet with partners, clients, and customers. If you have a family, you have to throw in the distress of being away from them and living on room service while you are there.
Of course, there are things that you can do to make work and business trips much easier and much more efficient, and we are going to look at some of these things in this article. Read on to find out more.
Work on your packing skills
This is one of the things that gets easier, the more trips that you take. If you frequently travel for business, you will not have the time nor the energy to waste on packing big suitcases and checking luggage in and out. The idea is to travel as lightly and compactly as possible. This saves you – or your boss – money on luggage, takes you less time to throw everything into your case and sort out when you arrive home, and saves time waiting for the inevitable baggage delay. Not only that but if you have your baggage with you in the cabin, you avoid the risk of your case not making it to the same destination at the same time – no one wants to be running around buying underwear and toothpaste before dashing to a big meeting!
If you travel frequently, keep a list on your cell phone of all the things that you think you need for a business trip. You can then add to it or take things off as and when necessary.
Plan your accommodation carefully
Of course, some people have no control over this as it is booked by other people, but if you have any sway, think carefully. Choose a hotel that gives you a chance to grab food or drink at any time, in case you arrive there at unsociable hours, or at least close to somewhere that you buy food from. You might want to avoid tourist hotspots too.
Air BnBs are becoming increasingly popular for business travelers going to Malaysia because they feel more like a home from home. For maximum comfort, if you travel to the same place time and time again, it may be worth looking at a house for rent ipoh, to save money and give you the ultimate in home luxury.
Charge your devices
The night before your trip, make sure all of your devices are fully charged and that you have any memory cards, headphones, external storage drives, and chargers in your bag. You don’t want to hit the airport and open up your laptop to work to find your laptop battery is as dead as a dodo!
When you are traveling, whether for business or for pleasure, your head is the most important thing you have – after your passport, of course. Even when the unexpected happens – delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage, problems with hotel transfers, and so on – remaining calm and civil to staff and fellow travelers can make the difference between a challenging trip and one that makes you have a nervous breakdown. Make sure that you have backup plans and the phone numbers for important people to hand, but use the time to catch up on some work, finish a book, binge in your favorite show or take a well-deserved nap. You will reach your destination feeling much calmer and happier.
Practice your interactions
Traveling for business means that almost every interaction is a potential networking opportunity. At the very least, you are out representing your company, so it’s important to be professional and engaging. However, if you struggle with small talk, as many of us do, practice it in less important places, such as the hotel lobby or on the plane. Start with a compliment – that usually endears people to you and gets the conversation off to a positive and friendly start. The more small talk you engage in, the more confident you will feel when it comes to talking to clients.
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