When international travel is required for business, this can bring with it a lot of organising, booking tickets and flights, being aware of cultural differences and added stress in addition to your workload. Not to mention long-haul flights can be exhausting leaving you dehydrated, tired and feeling jet lagged. Altogether, this can be time-consuming and stressful. Be on top of your A-game and make the best possible impression to your new client or colleague whilst visiting them in their home country.
Read our top tips for travelling away on business and get your corporate trip off to the best possible start.
Stay on top of your reservations and hotel bookings by adding your booking reference numbers and flight details to your electronic diary or planner. Invest in a travel folder which can contain your boarding passes or rail tickets – check out Paperchase or high street fashion brand Ted Baker for some trendy and colourful ones that won’t get lost in your briefcase.
Keep your water levels topped up
No matter if you are travelling to Dubai or Moscow, it’s really important to keep hydrated. Not only to keep your skin glowing and looking great but to keep your mind fresh and your body all in working order. Remember to always opt for a high quality bottled water – if you can find a branded label that you have tried before such as San Pellegrino or Evian, even better as your body will be used to this. Never drink directly from the tap in a foreign country.
Plan your accommodation well
Travelling away from home in a foreign country isn’t easy without your home comforts. Research your accommodation well to ensure the location and type is right for you – take into account the number of nights and duration of your stay. If you are planning on dining with or entertaining potential business partners and colleagues, it’s handy to know a restaurant is located within your hotel. It’s worthwhile also sourcing a hotel that has all the amenities you need as a business traveller such as printing facilities, Wi-Fi and a designated work area. Meeting and conference rooms also will have added benefit if you need to arrange an event. The award-winning Capri by Fraser Frankfurt offers all of the above with excellent customer service in stylish suites.
Have a nice flight
Stick to the same one or two airlines to take advantage of award programmes. Registering to frequent flyer schemes mean that you can accumulate points as you travel which you can redeem to book a different class of seat or book flights for free. Enjoy some luxury in business class by using your points to upgrade and relax with fine cuisine and beverages. If you can, avoid working on your flight. Studying in confined conditions will leave you tired and uncomfortable – use the time to relax and rest so you can arrive fresh and full of energy.