Traveling for business may seem exciting for someone who’s never had to do it before. However, most people who frequently go on business trips will likely tell you that it can come with a lot of stress.
If you thought your commute was long now, imagine having to go all the way to the airport, go through security, take a plane, then get from the airport to your office. In addition to having to jump through various hurdles just to start your workday, there are sorts of variables which can throw you for a loop throughout the process. Here are some of the best tips to make sure that you avoid them.
Give Yourself Plenty Of Time To Get To The Airport
One of the most significant stresses of travel is the rush of getting to the gate on time. Unless it’s the airline’s fault, missing your plane will result in having to pay for a new flight out of pocket. When you’re traveling on your company’s dime, it’s a terrible move to miss your flight.
Instead of rushing to the airport at the last minute potentially crashing your Uber into oncoming traffic, give yourself plenty of time. Most seasoned travelers recommend leaving at least two hours before your flight regardless of whether it’s a domestic or international flight.
Carry On Baggage Only
Standing in line to check your baggage as well as waiting at the carousel is a waste of time when you’ve got to go to work. However, packing a carry-on bag cuts that step out of the entire process of traveling.
As a result, you’ll be less impatient since you get simply board and get off without the fuss of waiting.
Confirm Accommodation Reservations
One of the biggest mistakes you can make while traveling is finding yourself with nowhere to stay particularly on a business trip. Always confirm your reservation before you leave so that you know you have somewhere to arrive and leave your things.
It’s incredibly unprofessional to arrive only to find you have nowhere to stay because you failed to call ahead.
Charge Your Devices Before Boarding
If you’re hoping to get some work done on the plane, it’s useful to charge all of your devices fully before boarding. That way you know you have plenty of battery for the duration of the flight without losing your work.
Even though it may feel like you’re on vacation when you’re traveling for work, it’s not. You’re being paid for the time that you’re on this trip, so be professional. It may be acceptable to have a beer or glass of wine at the end of the day with dinner, however, getting trashed in local bars is in extremely poor taste. Your job may even be on the line as a result.
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