These days, it’s not just corporate executives who are traveling for business. Conferences, networking events, seminars, and, of course, face-to-face business meetings are common in today’s growing economy, making business travel the norm. Although traveling frequently for work has some perks, if you’re not prepared, life on the road can become a hassle. Whether you’re getting ready to head out for your first business trip or your 21st, here are five tips to help make the most of your travel experience!
Get an airlines credit card and/or become a rewards member – It can seem like a big commitment at first, but if you can find an airline and hotel chain you enjoy, it will pay off. If it still scares you to be tied to a specific carrier, consider a credit card that lets you rack up miles and points regardless of the company you choose. Before you know it, you’ll be getting free flights and upgrading to bigger hotel rooms that will make traveling for business more than worth it. Speaking of air travel, apply for TSA Pre-Check to save some time and frustration by speeding through security, too.
Travel light and smart – Overpacking may be the solution to not forgetting anything, but it’s likely you’ll be carrying your luggage at some point, so only pack what’s necessary. If it’ll be cold where you’re headed, be sure to wear your heaviest and bulkiest items on the plane. If you can fit everything into your carry-on bag and avoid checking your luggage, then do it! You’ll make your connecting flight without feeling rushed and save a few bucks, too.
Stay at a hotel with free wi-fi or a business center – If you’re on a trip for business, it’s likely you’ll be working even when you get back to the hotel. Many can agree, it’s inconvenient and frustrating to pay for wi-fi these days. So, make sure to stay at a hotel that offers free wi-fi to guests. Although you can probably catch on up on some work in your hotel room, staying at a hotel that has a business center on the property is beneficial, too! Business centers usually have computers, printers, and copiers free to use for hotel guests, and they’re typically a quiet, comfortable area.
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Book a hotel that has a restaurant or bar on the property – After a long day of traveling and work, you deserve a hot meal and a cold beer! A restaurant or bar on the hotel property helps you avoid the frustrations of arranging and paying for transportation just for dinner, and allows you to hit the hay right after you eat.
Develop a healthy sleeping and eating schedule – Even with a restaurant on-site and great restaurants nearby, it’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget about these two important things. Everyone knows they aren’t at the top of their game without a good night’s rest and a full stomach. Try eating before you get on the plane so you can sleep on your flight. Try not to overbook yourself with so many meetings throughout the day that you can’t spare 30 minutes to eat and recharge. You’ll be more focused and ready to tackle the day when you take care of yourself!
So, if you’re looking to avoid feeling jetlagged and make the most of always being on the road, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful! If this is your first time traveling for business, don’t worry – it takes a couple of trips to get in a routine that works for you!