As you are reading this, I will assume that you have a job. And I’ll also assume that, as part of your work, you need to travel abroad sometimes to work on-site or visit other company offices.
Let’s face it; we all love traveling. It’s a chance to broaden one’s horizons and learn more about the world we live in. But when it comes to business travel, we have to approach the objective with a more formal attitude.
If you are reading this because it’s your first time traveling abroad for business, help is at hand! In today’s blog post, I will give you a few simple pointers to make this and future experiences easier and more enjoyable. Here is what you need to know:
Get your passport and visa sorted before you travel
In the very least, you will need a valid passport to travel to another country. And, in some cases, you will also have to apply for a visa before you fly. As soon as your company tells you that you need to go abroad for work, make sure that your travel documents are in order.
The last thing you want is to explain to your boss why customs refused you entry because your travel documents weren’t in order!
Choose appropriate accommodation
Your boss will doubtless ask you to organize your travel arrangements and submit an expenses claim when you return. They won’t want you to stay in a hotel that charges thousands per night. But they don’t expect you to sleep in a slum either!
Do some research into the best accommodation options. For instance, let’s say that you work as a military contractor. You might be better off staying at some corporate apartments that cater for the armed forces. Why? Because you will probably speak to some military neighbors that can talk to you about the base you have to visit!
It’s also a great way of learning more about the local area from servicemen and women that are stationed there. If you have to spend a long time working out of a particular location, it’s good to know some people that you can hang out with after work.
Another tip about accommodation is to avoid city center locations where possible. It might sound odd, but here’s the thing. If you’re in the middle of the city, it’s likely it will be noisy most times of the day and night. Staying somewhere out of the area will ensure a better night’s sleep. And it’s likely it will cost less too.
Check the weather
It’s always important to find out what the climate is like at your destination. For example, if you’re traveling to England, expect to deal with cold and raining weather. Head to South America, and you’ll probably need clothes to keep you feeling cool.
You only have a small baggage allowance when you fly. So make sure you pack your suitcase with clothes suitable for the country you are traveling to. Check out websites like weather.com for the latest forecasts in the city you are visiting.