It’s one of the hardest things to justify in business these days when we are performing so well in the digital age, why would we need to travel still? It is all down to you and the relationships you wish to create with your clients, partners, directors there is still a gilded level of trust that comes from meeting face to face and there is also the reality of looking someone in the eye to see if they are worth your time and effort. When you are faced with these challenges then have these travel tips to make things a little easier for you:
Hire a car beforehand
Secure a car beforehand, there is always a need to get away from the airport and quickly, unless you are able to have your meetings at an airport then good for you, for the rest of us travelling onward can be difficult unless you use enjoycarhire.com to minimise the difficulties of renting a car, they have already got a fair fuel policy and collision waver damage, they can even get you a sunroof so you look your best for that beach meeting.
Charge your devices
Charging your devices, bring a power strip to the airport, we know people love to take up all the sockets but starting up conversations with people who need one of your sockets can be valuable, they might even be in the same industry as you.
Credit cards rewards
Credit card rewards, there are so many companies that offer flight points, hotel deals, reward points for using their cards, if you can save a bit of cash here and there then your mind will be ready to save even more when pitching for the new project, whatever that may be.
Do your homework
Mildly fluent, snatch up a few phrases before you go and also keep a translator on your phone, there’s no use these days getting into awkward conversations because you don’t have the ability to chat in someone else’s language, let them read the translation then type back to you, many wasted hours have been saved using this tip, also there’s only so much smiling you or they can do.
Connecting flights, if there is a long layover or a delayed flight make sure you find a way to get yourself into a shower to freshen up or even relax down so you can be a little better rested for when you meet the team or prospective client that needs you at your best.
These are all reasonable tips that have been a great help, there are obviously more ways to get the most out of your travel but this will at least reduce the amount of strain on your wallet, body and mind when you need it most.