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Here are a range of business travel tips to make your next trip easier and more productive.
To minimise stress and irritation, business travellers should:
Take advantage of online check-in and security wait time resources. Travellers who print boarding passes before leaving for the airport, or who take advantage of self-service check-in kiosks, can save time and avoid long queues.
Whenever possible, pack a carry-on bag rather than checking luggage. This can save waiting twenty to thirty minutes for luggage at the end of a trip. In addition, before flying travellers should familiarise themselves with airline baggage restrictions. While the type and number of carry-on bags vary by airline, it’s advisable to keep carry-on bag dimensions between 9″ x 14″ x 22″ and less than 10 kg.
Time it right
Experienced travellers know it’s best to fly early in the day for maximum flexibility in the event of delays or cancellations. Those booked on the last flight of the day may face late arrival times or unexpected overnight stays. In addition, when corporate travel policy and budget permit, business travellers should book direct flights to eliminate the chances of missing a connecting flight.
Carry emergency phone numbers
With the high likelihood of travel delays from storms or overbooking, business travellers should carry with them the phone number of their corporate travel management company and airline to make rescheduling more convenient.
Choose travel attire wisely to avoid security checkpoint delays — steer clear of shoes with steel tips or buckles, clothing with metal snaps or buttons, metal hair barrettes, and belt buckles. If possible, wear shoes that are easy to slide on and off, as many airports require passengers to remove footwear before entering the security checkpoint.
When flying with a laptop, travellers should attach a business card or some other mark to the lid to lessen chances of picking up the wrong computer at the security screening. If possible, consider travelling without a computer to avoid the inconvenience of pulling a laptop computer out of a carry-on bag at the security checkpoint. Instead, stay connected through a hotel business centre or bring a PDA.
Exercise is a proven stress reliever, but travel schedules can make it hard to maintain a consistent fitness routine. Make a point of fitting in a workout on the road. Many hotels offer good gyms or access to a nearby fitness facility. Travellers an also hit the streets for a brisk walk or run.
Squeeze in some local culture
Being away from family and friends in the short months can be especially difficult for many business travellers. Book hotel accommodation near an area of interest, so that a quick visit to an art gallery or restaurant is feasible. Even a thirty-minute or hour indulgence at a local attraction can make business travel more enjoyable.
Source: Carlson Wagonlit Travel
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