It’s easy to think of a business trip as more of an obligation than a form of travel. But the truth is these trips are opportunities for you to see a different part of the world and to experience new cultures and customs – as well, of course, as achieving your business objectives. As such, if you’re off on a business trip in the coming weeks or months, this guide is for you. We’ll outline how you can plan the best-possible trip, taking in the sights while turning all the right heads with the businesses you meet.
No business trip is going to be all that successful without some good old-fashioned planning. This can take a good deal of time to organize, with visas, flights, travel restrictions and regulations, and accommodation all up in the air. No wonder many businesses prefer to outsource this stressful task to business travel planners, who help you get your affairs in order while you plan the business aspects of your trip.
But if you are intent on going it alone with the planning, here are some things you ought to consider:
- Where will you stay, and how will you get from the airport to your accommodation?
- How will you acclimatize to your new location, getting yourself ready for business meetings?
- Will you be able to connect to the internet and make important calls or emails throughout your trip?
- Are there any pandemic-related issues to your travel plans that you should be aware of?
By considering these variables, you’ll be better-placed to have a brilliant work trip without stress, disruption or delay.
There’s nothing worse than going on a business trip only to spend a good deal of time in your hotel bedroom. That’s wasted time when you could be meeting business partners or schmoozing with clients or potential customers. Before you head out on your business trip, then, make sure you have a large contact book you’re going to take with you. Tap into it just before you fly, to organize drinks or outings with key people in your distinction city.
No business trip should see you step out of the plane, into the board room, and back onto the plane. Those trips will leave you exhausted and operating below your best – and cheat you of the small amount of time you might be able to spend admiring a new city. If it’s possible, try to organize a little time for yourself on your business trip, so that you can acquaint yourself with a new city and its people.
The ultimate goal of your business trip is to come away with something you wouldn’t have secured without being in the office of a client, customer, or partner. And that means your energies and your advanced planning should be focused on those pivotal moments when you have influential people in front of you who can make things happen for your business. The cherry on the cake of any business trip is getting exactly what you wanted out of it – but you’ll need to prepare to increase your chances of meeting this eventuality.
There you have it: some key tips to help you plan your next business trip the right way.