Travelling for work is a different game than travelling for leisure. How often do we tend to lose focus on the purpose of the trip itself? Below are a few pointers to avoid future business trip slip-ups:
- Be prepared: Research and plan your itinerary, preventing you from forgetting something. A must-have; Buy an electrical outlet adapter that can be used in other countries.
- Waiting to look up addresses: Load all the addresses of the places you have made reservations at into your calendar before you go on your trip. When the time comes, you can easily recall it and open the link in Google Maps.
- Business first – always: There is a reason for the saying; duty comes before pleasure. If you kick off your trip with the leisure part first, it’s so much harder to shift back to work mode.
- Book in advance: By making your reservations in advance will prevent unnecessary stress. You will find that you are more productive and focussed on the critical things.
- Basic language skills: Today there are several foreign language apps available to download on your phone – many of which are free of charge. Language barriers are the last thing that should ruin your trip.
- Taking it with you: When having dinner with important clients, there is no need for your passport to go with on the date. Leave your passport and other valuable items in your hotel room. We all know Murphy’s Law, right?
- Double (or triple!) check booking details: Make sure you read the fine print and the spelling of your booking details. It’s fantastic if you trust humanity to have all your details correct, but verify, verify and again verify!
- Printing jobs: As Wi-Fi connections can be unreliable, it’s advisable to print out all relevant documentation before going on your trip. It’s wise to take a scanned copy of your passport just in case you lose your actual passport. The copy can be handy should you need to organise a replacement.
- Have fun, fun, fun!