Business trips are often an essential part of the job, depending on your line of work. Some people are born to travel some people are not. If you are a planner, like me, traveling for business or pleasure can sometimes be frustrating. Most of us have a crazy travel story to tell, whether it’s running from gate A to gate Z to catch your next flight or sitting in a center seat with a smelly person on one side and a guy who fell asleep on your shoulder on the other. Although, you can’t plan for everything being prepared for trips can reduce your stress and make your trip more enjoyable.
Here are some tips for a successful business trip.
- Plan your trip in advance. We all know the price of airline tickets has been skyrocketing. Did you ever wait until the day before to book a flight? The price is astronomically high. To keep your costs down book your flight, hotel, and car reservations way in advance. If you are attending a conference or convention make sure to register as soon as possible to secure a group discounted rate. Organize your trip by using a Mobile Travel Itinerary tool such as Worldmate. These travel tools will organize your travel automatically and update your itinerary with any changes.
- Complete critical tasks before you leave. Leave unwanted stress behind by completing all your urgent tasks prior to your trip. Let someone in the office know your travel schedule and appoint them be a point of contact for anyone that may need you. Of course, you may need to stay connected to your lap top during your trip but having someone reliable to count on will reduce your worries.
- Have your business program well organized. Prepare your meeting agenda ahead of time. If you are giving a presentation, make sure your PowerPoint slides are prepared and tested. Carry backup power cords and batteries. Nothing is worse than setting up for a presentation and realizing you forgot your power cord. Back up your work. Carry a USB zip drive with all your important documents in case your computer crashes.
Being well prepared for a trip will certainly help make your trip go smoothly. Proverbs 21:5 says, The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run, when you’re rushed and unplanned it only puts you further behind!