Business travel is all about one thing: efficiency. While on vacation it’s always nice to look around and take your time with things, on a business trip it’s all about getting in, out, and on with your busy schedule.
Of course, not all business travelers are created equal. Some have their traveling routine down to a science, while others are still working out the kinks. Whether you’re traveling to a trade convention in Miami or hopping around Anchorage hotels, here are a few tips to keep you ahead of the curve:
Forget checking a bag when traveling by air. By carrying on your luggage, you can literally shave a full hour (or more) off travel time by avoiding check-in lines and the madness of the baggage claim carousel. You also avoid the nightmare scenario of the airline losing your luggage, which can seriously derail your trip. Save yourself time, money, and a huge hassle by going carry-on.
2. Mind your internal clock
If you’re traveling across multiple time zones, it’s easy to become jet lagged. But the best way to stave off jet lag is to not fight it: eat when you want to eat, sleep when you want to sleep. If you try to force yourself to sleep when your body isn’t tired, you might spend the whole night tossing and turning in bed. And stressing yourself out all night about not sleeping is considerably more taxing than simply not going to bed. Pay attention to your body clock, and you’ll put yourself in the best shape possible in the face of jet lag.
3. Plan ahead with your credit card
If your business takes you outside of the country, always notify your credit card company ahead of time. Many credit companies have identity theft safeguards that put a stop on all charges placed outside the country, so if you travel abroad without prior notification you may find yourself with a useless card. I don’t think I need to elaborate on what a headache that can cause…
4. Always leave room for traffic
It happens to everyone at some point in their travels: forgetting to account for traffic when planning out their itinerary ahead of time. Even the smoothest travel plans can be completely thwarted by a pileup on the highway. A good rule of thumb- add 30 to 45 minutes to every leg of car travel, and it should give you enough time to make your appointments.
5. Call the front desk
Sure, some people like to figure things out entirely on their own, but for everyone else, there’s the hotel front desk. No matter where you’re staying, hotel front desks are always equipped to help your stay in the area go smoothly. From restaurant suggestions to help with emergency stains on your business suit, front desk staffs are an excellent resource to use during your travels.