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First-Time Business Travel Tips

25 Jul 2018
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Travelling can be a hassle at the best of times, even when it’s for pleasure – and those stress levels can reach the roof when it comes to business trips. For the first-time business traveller, here’s a handy checklist of hints and tips which can facilitate the experience and make sure things run as smoothly as possible.

1. Pack smart. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the airport, only to remember that you’ve forgotten an important document, vital medication or other travel essential. Make a list of things you need days or weeks before the departure date and add to it as things occur to you. That way you won’t be caught short when it comes to the crunch.

2. Pack light. Having said that, packing as lightly as possible is always preferable, especially for shorter trips. Avoid checking bags on the plane if possible and only take a small carry case on board with you so that you can beat the queues at immigration and get out of the airport as soon as possible. Even if you’re not flying, less luggage just won’t weight you down.

3. Get your paperwork in order. When visiting foreign countries, it’s important to remember that many of them require you to have visas secured or other important forms filled out prior to your arrival. Do your due diligence online beforehand and make sure you aren’t missing an essential before you get there.

4. Rack up the airmiles. If you are likely to be travelling frequently with work, it makes sense to get hold of a credit card which logs airmiles for every flight, hotel and car rental purchase. Simply put, you’ll earn free credit for undertaking journeys you’re paid to make.

5. Fill the fridge. If you have time when you arrive at your serviced apartment, nip out to the nearest supermarket and stock up on essentials. Having the ingredients to cobble together an express breakfast or a late-night nutritious snack will do wonders to keep your energy levels up and your mood positive when you’re running behind schedule.

6. Get insider info. After a long day of meetings, the last thing you want to do is trawl the internet for restaurant recommendations, so it makes sense to compile a shortlist of culinary hotspots prior to departure. Alternatively, you could leave it all to us at Native, because we provide a Neighbourhood Guide packed full of local info to kick start your stay.

7. Record your expenses. Having to pay out of pocket for business expenses is simply throwing money away. Avoid this pitfall by photographing all of your receipts and storing them in the Cloud – there are many apps which organise such important data and make filing your expenses a doddle when it comes to it.

8. Keep to your routine. If you’re a fitness buff, try to make time to exercise in the morning or at the day’s end to keep your body healthy and happy. Similarly, scheduling time to make Skype calls home and unwinding through your preferred activity (whether that be surfing TV channels, listening to music or reading the latest bestseller) is key to keeping your mind focused and free from tension.

9. Remember it’s work, not play. You might be tempted to squeeze in as many out-of-hours sightseeing trips as possible or even to sample some of the local nightlife while you’re away. However, you should never lose sight of the fact that this is a business trip, not a holiday – you’re representing your company at all times.

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