Is your boss sending you on a business trip somewhere? And is it the first time you’ve had to travel a long distance for work? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, you might be wondering what to do at this point.
Business travel is something that millions of workers must do each year. They often have to travel to meet with clients, suppliers or just to visit other company offices. Whatever the reason, you might have some idea of how to prepare for your trip.
But if you want to be a savvy traveler, it’s important that you check out the following tips! Feel free to make a note of them for future reference.
Traveling abroad? Make sure you have a valid passport!
The first thing you need to do is ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your travel. If it isn’t, you will need to renew it. And if you don’t have one, you’ll need to apply for your first passport.
If you’re short on time, you’ll need to pay extra to jump the queue and fast-track your application. On the plus side, your application is processed quicker, and you won’t have to explain to your boss why you can’t travel!
Choose non-stop flights
It’s no secret that direct flights with stopovers are cheaper than non-stop ones. But if time is the enemy, you’ll need to choose the dearer option. Luckily your employer will reimburse your expenses, so don’t be afraid to use that credit card you’ve got!
Sometimes it’s worth asking airlines if they have any discounted flights available, as they often do on a last-minute basis.
Pack your essentials
Apart from clothes, youll need to pack other essential items. Examples include extra clothes, shampoo, toothpaste and so forth. I also recommend that you invest in a plug adapter for your gadget chargers.
The last thing you want to do is panic when you’ve got a low cell phone battery and realize you can’t charge your device!
Consider staying at an apartment complex
There is a growing trend of business travelers staying at corporate apartments rather than hotels. They offer more space, have better facilities and are usually cheaper too.
You won’t have a problem finding a short-term apartment to stay at in the world’s major cities. There are also many located in larger towns too.
Use a local SIM card for calls and messaging
It might work out cheaper to use a local SIM card for your cell phone. Of course, if your boss pays your mobile costs, you don’t need to bother! But if you have to pay for your call costs, it makes sense to use the cheapest method available to you.
Before you fly out, I recommend doing some online research to see what the cost differences are between the two. If they are of a significant difference, order a prepaid SIM card for your mobile phone. Or just buy one when you get to your destination. Good luck with your business trip!