When you travel for business, you’re not going to see the world. You’re not traveling to eat out on your company’s dime. You are not traveling to collect frequent flyer points to spend later. (Some employers openly ban this.) This is not a holiday. It is an honor to be trusted to represent your firm outside of the workplace. So, it is important to plan your trip correctly.
Determine Whether You Will Require Any Extra Accommodation
Depending on where you’re going, you may need to make special arrangements for yourself. This is often more significant for foreign travel, although it may also be applicable for local travel.
If you want to go overseas, you may need to obtain a visa before you depart. Certain immunizations, as well as anti-malarial medicines, may be required.
You may be prone to elevation sickness if you travel to a city at an elevation of more than 4,900 feet (1,500 meters). Allow yourself a few days to adapt before engaging in any vigorous activity, and begin consuming two to three liters of water every day to keep hydrated.
If you’re traveling outside the nation, check out if you may safely drink the local tap water. To be healthy, you’ll need to drink bottled, filtered water.
Create a Travel Itinerary
An itinerary is the simplest approach to guarantee that you stay on track and don’t overlook any crucial duties throughout your vacation. Knowing precisely where to go and what to do, as well as when everything has to happen, can help you simplify your vacation plans from beginning to end.
Begin with the day and time you’ll be checking into and out of your hotel, then work your way through everything you’ll be doing while on business.
Remember to keep track of your flight’s boarding and departure timings so you can arrive at the airport on time.
Any work-related activities on your calendar should be highlighted. That way, your most vital priorities will not be overlooked.
Make Arrangements for Hotels, Flights, and Anything Else That Needs to Be Reserved
Look for the greatest travel and hotel discounts online. Expedia, for example, allows you to book flights, hotels, and rental vehicles all in one spot.
Make sure to utilize your sky miles account when booking your ticket to earn points and prizes. You may already have enough sky miles to pay the cost of your travel!
Check to see whether you can use sky miles or points toward a rewards program when reserving your hotel. You should also be aware of your hotel’s restrictions regarding check-in, check-out, parking, and the number of persons permitted per room.
If you need to hire a car, be sure that all of the roads you’ll be driving on are safe. Determine if you require two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Check with many rental vehicle providers to determine who offers the greatest deal.
Some credit cards may provide travel incentives and privileges. Check to see if your credit card offers any of these perks.
Check That Your ID/Passport Is Valid
You may not require a passport if you are traveling for business within the United States, but you will need one for foreign flights. Even for domestic flights, a valid, state-issued ID is required. Failure to have valid identification might cause your travel to be delayed or even canceled.
Make sure all of your identification is current and legitimate well in advance, since new documents can take several weeks to prepare
Decide How You Want to Receive Your Ticket
You won’t have to worry about printing or losing your ticket if you receive it digitally (say, on your smartphone). If not, you’ll need to be at the airport early to print your ticket. Even with self-service kiosks, waits for printing tickets do form from time to time.
Allow at least an additional 15 to 20 minutes if you need to print your ticket at the airport.
If you have a paper ticket, save it somewhere so you won’t lose it. You might wish to keep it with your ID or passport to avoid losing any of those documents.