As the number of women in the workforce continues to grow at a rapid pace, more females are taking international business trips, thus opening up a world of opportunities for themselves. As with everything in business, planning ahead is a must if we wish to avoid creating unnecessary mental stress. Here, six nifty business travel hacks that will make your business trips much more bearable.
Make the most of your luggage space
Depending on the size of your bag, you’ll have to pack wisely in order to get the most of the available luggage space. To avoid overpacking, stick with the basics and go with garments in neutral shades such as black and beige so you don’t have to worry about matching the colors. Keep your wardrobe light, and if you can, get a trolley bag as it’s easier to move around with. You also want to keep your su organized, and the best way to do it is to get some packing cubes. These will ensure all your items are grouped and that they don’t spill while you’re loading or unloading your luggage.
Business trips can be quite hectic, and the last thing you want to do is to wait until the very last minute to start getting everything done. If you’ve got some free time before your trip, think about how you can utilize the time you have now to make things go much smoother later on. If there are meetings to be scheduled, do it in your frequently used app. Think about the time you’re expecting to have some downtime, and use those time slots for tackling some other duties on your to-do list. Also, check the location of your hotel and calculate how much time it takes to get to the places where you need to be. Planning in advance will be saving you a lot of time, so it pays to do a couple of things beforehand.
Consider the accommodation
Before you head to the airport, you also want to check out the apartments and browse around for the best deals you can find. You’re probably asking why you should select an apartment instead of a hotel room which is known as a business traveler go-to. For starters, a cozy studio apartment has all the comforts of a home, which is important when you’re spending time away from home. Rented apartments also tend to be a much safer option for business travelers. In addition, they’re quite flexible, so they can easily accommodate any changes in your business schedule.
Rely on technology for help
Thanks to numerous technological advancements, getting around town is made so easy that you virtually can’t get lost. With a number of mobile apps you can install on your smartphone, you practically have a digital map of the city on the palm of your hand, which allows for easier navigation and hassle-free business trips. In case you get carried away and need a ride back to your apartment, you can rely on apps like Uber or Easy Taxi to hail a ride and get to the place where you need to be. This translates to less time spent on figuring out the busy streets of the city and navigating the urban hustle and bustle and more time you can use to maximize your trip abroad – all that with just a couple of clicks.
Keep the rules and customs in mind
Crossing the border also means entering another country where the culture and traditions dictate rules and customs that may be different from the rules and customs in our home country. What this means, in essence, is that what is acceptable in our culture may be seen as distasteful and even offensive in some places in the world. When traveling to a country far away, it pays to browse around to find out what behavior is acceptable and whether there is a certain dress code you as a visitor are expected to follow. By keeping the rules and customs in mind, you’ll be showing respect to the country you’re visiting and lowering the risk of getting yourself into an awkward situation.
Make the most of your trip abroad
Whatever your business travel destination, there’s always something interesting to learn and something new to discover about the place you’re visiting. While spending your free time in a trendy and cozy apartment can be quite enjoyable, in order to really get the feel of the country you’re visiting, you need to get outside the four walls to be able to get immersed in a new culture. Go out, explore, and make the most of the time when you’re not working. Taste some new foods, snap some memorable photos, and try to meet a local to get the most of your experience abroad.
Other than being beneficial for our career and opening up a number of doors businesswise, business trips can be quite enriching if we’re able to experience cultural immersion during the time we spend abroad. That being said, business trips need to be thoroughly planned out, and these travel tips above are sure to make a female road warrior’s next business trip go a lot smoother.