Some of us enjoy taking business trips. It’s an opportunity to work in a new country, experience a new culture, and get a mini vacation once the business meetings are over, all on a corporate budget. However, many of us are reluctant travelers. We don’t enjoy spending time away from home, we don’t like the stress that overseas trips usually involve, and we dislike spending more time than we have to with colleagues we usually wouldn’t socialize with. If you fall into the latter group, keep reading for some tips that will hopefully make your next business trip less stressful.
1. Check Out Airport Parking Options
Driving yourself to the airport is usually a lot less stressful than relying on public transport and taxis to get you there on time. To ease the stress that comes with the drive, it’s a good idea to research parking options in advance and book this before you travel. Driving yourself to the airport will ensure you arrive with plenty of time to catch your flight, and when you return back home, you can conveniently pick up your car and drive home. It’s a lot more appropriate for many business travelers and a whole lot more relaxing.
2. Consider a Serviced Apartment
While many businesses instantly put their staff up in hotels without considering the alternatives, if you are going to be spending a few weeks overseas, a serviced apartment can be a much better option; not to mention cheaper! Bangkok Garden, as one example, is an apartment for rent in Bangkok monthly. It’s conveniently located in the city’s business district and offers a home away from home experience that a hotel just can’t provide. In addition to being convenient, it will provide you with a place to relax at the end of a stressful day.
3. Create an Itinerary That Limits Stress
One of the main causes of travel stress is a poorly created itinerary. Wherever possible, it’s best to book a direct flight, and ensure you fly into the most convenient airport. Flights that contain connections can lead to problems, especially if you only have a short amount of time to make the switch, and flights that land outside of your destination only lead to more stress when you land. Speak to the person in charge of booking your trip if you can and provide suggestions that will make your life easier.
4. Pack Smart
If you are only going to be traveling on business for a few days, it’s unlikely that you need to take a huge suitcase with you. Packing all of your gear into your carry-on luggage won’t only mean that you can exit the airport quickly once you land, but it also reduces the chance of your luggage going missing. Keep your wardrobe simple and pack outfits that can be mixed and matched with ease. Invest in travel toiletries that are legal to carry on-board, and don’t forget to check the weather in your destination city too.
With these tips in mind, you should find that your trip goes a lot more smoothly.