Travelling for business is far from a vacation and it can take its toll on you, whether you’re travelling around the country or flying off to foreign climes to secure a deal. However, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your business travel and make your trip run as smoothly as possible.
Before heading off, make sure you’re fully prepared for your trip. Pre-book all your travel and check in online to save on time and stress. Ensure you know exactly where you need to be and at what time, always allowing extra time for delays. Also make sure you hit the ground running by packing spare batteries for laptops / phones and back up all documents onto a USB stick. If you do a lot of flying, it may be a good idea to join a frequent flyers club, where you can enjoy plenty of perks, from air miles for future travel, complimentary refreshments to free Wi-Fi.
Choosing The Right Accommodation
Where possible, always choose accommodation that is close to your meetings and has all the right facilities to help you work and relax. Serviced apartments in Melbourne or other city locations offer a great alternative to hotels for those extended trips, as you can have all the comforts of home whilst you’re away and with many offering corporate rates they could be more cost effective too.
Pack a light carry-on bag full of essentials, just in case your hold luggage gets lost. Include a change of clothes, laptop, phone, travel documents and a washbag with the correct liquid allowances. This will mean you’re still able to look professional and carry on if your bag doesn’t arrive with you. Also, when packing, only take what you definitely need. Opting for darker clothes rather than lighter clothes is always a safe choice. Creases and stains should remain somewhat hidden.
Manage Your Expenses
Inevitably, there will be expenses incurred on business trips. For most, there is the expectation that you will pay out initially and claim it back after travel, so stay organised. Keep a track of all your outgoing expenses and receipts in a designated file. If you’re travelling abroad it’s also useful to have some local currency with you before you arrive, in case you don’t have the opportunity to visit an ATM.