Have you been assigned your first business trip? Mastering the art of successful business travel can be challenging, and first-time travelers may be intimidated. Make sure the trip go smoothly, from ticket booking to expense report submission. Here are 10 quick tips!
- Mile Master: If you’re booking the ticket, acquire airline miles by using a credit card
- Limit Luggage: Pack smart by selecting basics in neutral colors to alternate, downsizing to travel-size toiletries, and minimizing extra items
- Itinerary Mastery: Compile the itinerary into a tracker such as TripIt to organize your travel plan.
- Eliminate Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Avoid having to compile your expense report by keeping all receipts in an envelope in your wallet, purse, or briefcase.
Business First, Pleasure Later:
- Schedule Smart: Give yourself enough time between meetings and appointments so that you don’t inadvertently overbook yourself.
- Know Your Limits: While you may be excited to experience a new city, save the crazy adventures for pleasure travel.
- Nix the All-Nighters: Keep your morning agenda in mind and get a full 8 hours of rest before the first meeting.
- Sharing Space: Take it in stride and make the best of it. Be polite and give them privacy when they ask.
- Plug It In: Pack earplugs or headphones just in case your co-worker snores so that you’re not up all night.
- Couchsurfing: If there’s only one bed, offer to alternate between the bed and the couch.
See more from Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture here.