While travelling for your job can appear extremely glamorous from an outsider’s point of view, the reality can be far from it. Experiencing new destinations, dining in fancy restaurants on the business and being paid to do it. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? Except, it most cases, travelling for work can be stressful, tiring and consist of all work and very little play.
Early morning flights, a jam-packed schedule, minimal downtime and a list of work waiting on your desk for your return are all common when it comes to business travel. That being said, there are ways in which you can efficiently manage your work trips, so you aren’t left feeling burnt out and overworked.
Book your travel in advance
Booking your travel in advance has many benefits, not only will you be able to enjoy cheap flights (leaving you more company expenses to enjoy on your trip), it will relieve the stress and last-minute panic of trying to organise timings and avoid having to reschedule any meetings due to a full flight. It’s also worth pre-booking your transfer from the airport too, this will save you a lot of time and hassle once you land, giving you more time to get to the hotel and freshen up before heading to your first meeting.
Ace your packing
Are you guilty of over-packing when you head away? We often have a habit of taking unnecessary items ‘just in case’ and this needs to be avoided where possible. For efficient business travel, it’s best to condense your items down to hand-luggage size so that you don’t have to check any suitcases in.
This will save a great amount of time each side of your flight, and you won’t risk any lost baggage issues which could really throw a spanner in the works. Pack neutral colours, your favourite staple items, and roll don’t fold for extra room. Have your liquids pre-packed in a clear zip-lock bag for a smooth journey from check-in to boarding.
Download handy travel apps
In a world of a million apps, it’s hard to know which ones are worthy of precious storage on your smartphone. There are a select number of travel apps which are a must-have for efficient business travel and will help to ensure your trip is as smooth as possible.
Tripit is a great app which will allow you to take your organisation to the next level with daily itineraries, flight alerts and maps. Another useful app for if you’re heading to a country where you’re not familiar with the native language is TripLingo, which teaches you basic phrases and can greatly improve your trip.
Join a Frequent Flyer Programme
If business travel becomes a regular occurrence for you, then it’s well worth joining a frequent flyer programme to unlock a host of benefits. In exchange for your brand loyalty, you can benefit from a number of perks such as access to a comfortable business lounge, free upgrades and special offers. You’ll soon rack up the air miles, and perhaps you can enjoy free flights on your next holiday abroad.