When travelling is mentionedin any job or business, the first imagery that comes to mind is rushing home from office to pack the suitcase with the basic essentials and then rush to the airport to catch that flight. However, in between all of this, there are a lot of other things that need to be given due consideration. But, because we forget or shrug them off as menial details, we make some really stupid mistakes. Like, these five…
1) Forgetting the data card/WIFI hotspot
One of the key qualities of a good businessman is his connectivity, no matter where he is. This majorly involves the internet connection- more like, portable internet connection. While most above-decent hotels and public spaces provide decent enough WIFI hotspots, it isn’t very sensible to rely entirely on them, especially when there are a lot of people on the same bandwidth. Forgetting to carry your own internet would mean you having to walk around with your gadget, just to find a decent connection. And, that isn’t the best of moves, when every minute costs hard-earned money.
2) Forgetting to exchange currency well in advance
This leads to two things. First, you may have to exchange currency at exchange counters at the airport, which have quite a reputation for offering the not-so-good rates. And second, it may leave you running around at your destination, for last minute exchange, which will lead to additional waste of time. We say, stick to plastic money. That credit card is going to be your trustiest companion and certainly make your life very simple, at least monetarily. And if not that, then obviously, exchange money well before you can leave for your trip.
3) Forgetting to consider time zone
In the hustle and bustle to get things done, jetlag is given very little or no thought. But do remember, when left ignored, it can aggravate the stress and affect the productivity levels. Take into consideration the time at which you’ll land at your destination, and schedule all activities accordingly- if it’s daytime, stay awake and if it’s nighttime, sleep. Get enough rest and eat well, no matter how pressing the time. Your overall well-being while travelling is a win-win for all.
4) Forgetting peak season while making reservations
We agree that your chosen corporate travel company is the best on the circuit. And that it never fails to make the necessary reservations, no matter when you call them. But, seriously, think spring break, Christmas and other vacations when everyone who’s someone is ready with a suitcase to hop onto the first flight available. Getting air-tickets on a good airline and hotel reservations into your favorite hotel become close to impossible! Either reschedule the trip so you’re travelling during peak holiday season, or plan well ahead of time.
5) Forgetting to notify the bank about the itinerary
This is risky business, especially for newbies. Credit card transactions abroad without informing the bank will do nothing but send the red signals blaring. And, before you know it, the bank’s anti-fraud detector has been set off, your card’s been blocked and you’re stuck in a foreign country with very little money that’s as useful as Monopoly cash. Don’t put yourself in a frantic spot; you know you don’t have time for that. Just call your bank, let them know about the trip, the timeframe and of course, a good amount of international transactions.
Travelling for business can be quite a pleasurable trip, if you know what mistakes to avoid.Just remember, time is money, and every second you waste could be used for something far more productive.
Jack Foster, the author of this guest post, is a part time blogger and a businessman. He has been working with a multinational company for many years and likes travelling for business purposes. His blogs usually contain ideas on how to make travelling easier.