Business Trip Quick Tips

According to a study conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council, business travel accounted for one-third of global trade growth from 2000-2007. As a business degree graduate, it is likely that you will find yourself traveling for your job. Rather than scorning the business trip, there are ways to make business trips effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

Plan Ahead

  • Research all aspects of the trip, from transportation details to fun activities to pursue after the meetings
  • Bring a GPS with pre-loaded maps of the area you're going to so you don't have to worry about finding everything once you're in your rental car
  • Keep the phone numbers of your travel or administrative assistant department on hand in case you experience any issues during your stay
  • Check online to preview the local dining scene and make reservations beforehand
  • Look through entertainment or travel magazines to plan out exactly what you want to visit during your stay

Packing for a Business Trip

  • Pack as light as possible and carry on, if possible. You don't want to end up late for a meeting because of lost luggage
  • Bring clothing that can be mixed and matched so you won't have to bring as many different outfits. For example, the same jacket can be worn with a skirt or a pair of pants
  • Wear business clothes on the plane so you don't risk showing up to meet your client in a pair of sweatpants should your bags get lost

Extracurricular Tips

  • If you keep your boss informed of everything you're planning, you may be able to take a couple of days extra for pure pleasure. As long as you keep personal and business expenses separate, you should be able to have a good time wherever you are and get some rest and relaxation
  • If your supervisor has doubts, try saving the company money by booking flights on off days, staying in a cheaper hotel and giving up a few meals of fine dining. After you attend your work obligations, feel free to enjoy the city

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