Travelling for work can be a very mixed bag. Sometimes, it’s why we got into the field we work in – what could be better than travelling the world and getting paid to do it? Other times, it’s just time cut out of our lives that we need to go as smoothly as possible so we can get back home and get on with everything.
Either way, the actual travelling itself can be a pain – aligning all the moving parts of tickets, time zones, meeting schedules and guest lists can feel like a full time job in itself. But don’t worry, if you follow a few simple tips, you will find that business travel can be a breeze.
Choose The Location Carefully
If it’s fallen on you to choose the destination of this business trip, think about it carefully. Picking Scranton for a client that needs a Manhattan venue won’t work, and neither will the other way around. Based on budget and location for all parties travelling, choose your location thoughtfully and the rest will fall into place.
Have a Flexible Itinerary
Clearly, the point of a business trip is to conduct business; obviously, you need to be at meetings, presentations or other engagements at the right times and that’s all there is to it. However, make sure other elements of your trip, such as colleague drinks or casual meetings, are planned on a more flexible basis so that you are able to take up other opportunities as they come or put out fires without it throwing your whole plan out of the loop. It’s not a good idea to have such a rigid timetable that there isn’t an inch of give.
Get Help With the Logistics
Often when we talk about business travel being difficult we don’t actually mean the trip itself. What actually causes so much stress is the planning and organising that goes into a trip. Don’t feel bad about finding this difficult – there’s a reason people hire assistants for this sort of thing! If you’re not in a position to hire an assistant, using assignment management software can be the next best thing – it will help you plan your trip and ensure projects are well-managed while you’re absent.
Overall, we all know that business travel is a lot less glamorous than it sounds – and can just be a downright pain. But if you follow these simple tips, you should be able to take most of the pain out of its bite.