But unlike strolling around a village, flying around the world can be tiresome, expensive, and if you don’t make the most of it, quite disappointing. Here are some tips for taking your biz on the road…
Plan Your Itinerary Ahead
Since you’re likely to be on a tight schedule, it makes sense that you initiate the meetings with the people you plan on meeting. Be proactive with your time and try to have everything set up before you leave home – dates, times and locations. Map out the topics you’d like to cover and have a clear objective for every meeting. Otherwise, you might just find yourself chatting away over some beers. There’s plenty of time for that after business.
Points – Collect Them All!
Point programs offered by airlines can sometimes seem a bit unnecessary and complicated, but once you start traveling regularly, collecting points can make a major difference to your budget and lifestyle. Points can be awarded for flights, hotel stays, and meals so a lot of your big spending can be put towards frequent-flyer miles, earning you free flights and other perks down the line. Also, following a points program is likely to make you stick to one airline which can lead to far more comfortable flight plans.
Use the Layover
Depending on the type of trip you have planned, a layover can often be a great way to visit an extra location. Many airlines allow you to extend your layover to up to 24 hours, giving you more than enough time to go to an industry event, meet with some local entrepreneurs, or visit some businesses of interest.
See the Sights
Don’t let your business trips become boring and tedious. Seeing the sites, tasting the local food, and experiencing what every destination has to offer will refresh your resources and give you inspiration. It’s also a chance to meet new people who you can learn from, and who might be interested in hearing about your ideas too.
Stay Healthy: Eat, Sleep, Exercise, Relax.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Try to stick to the things you do at home that keep your mind and body in good shape. Make sure to get enough rest. Balance your eating so that you’re not only partaking in rich cuisine, but also getting the nutrients you need to stay alert and energized.
Don’t Get Stuck Powerless
Make sure you have enough juice to power your laptop and other devices for when you don’t have access to an outlet. Invest in good quality portable chargers and buy international adapters that suit your destination’s electricity specifications.
Make Use of Business/Travel Cards
While collecting a million rewards-style credit cards is not a good idea, having one or two travel cards can be very useful. Like with frequent-flyer miles, getting points for things you’ll be spending money on anyway can help you save and enjoy extra perks. You can earn discounts on anything from airline purchases, baggage fees and insurance, to hotels, meals and recreational activities.
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