Typically, people find traveling to either be a complete delight, or a burden. Business trips can especially be the cause of an additional amount of stress you definitely don’t need.
As a business management professional and entrepreneur, Edward Tomasso spends a lot of time traveling from place to place, gaining insights on the best ways to travel stress free while saving valuable time and money.
Check out these effective business travel tips below:
- Is it really necessary?
Today’s world has become increasingly digital. We are able to connect with people from all across the globe with a few clicks of a mouse. Especially if you’re an entrepreneur, saving money is the first priority. Before you pay for a full trip, try to look into other ways of communication such as emails, phone calls, or video conference meetings.
- Avoid traveling on the weekends
Weekends are always a busier and more expensive time to travel. If you are scheduling a business trip or business meeting on a weekend, try to head out a day earlier or so on a less popular travel day. This way you are saving time and stress by avoiding the crowds and can get some work done in the peacefulness of your hotel.
- Tourist Class
For flights under five hours long, it might be better to book a flight in tourist class. It is a good way to save your own resources, or those of your company. If you’re a loyal customer to a certain airline, you might even get free upgrades! Either way, remember to book an aisle seat so you’re free to stand and walk around whenever you please without disturbing others, and it will save you time when you’re boarding off the plane.
- Airline Memberships
Yes, automated airline emails and advertisements can be annoying and fill up your inbox. But it’s a relatively small price to pay for an opportunity to access lounges, food, WiFi, plugs, and in some cases, a shower and a private bed to catch some sleep. Depending on how often you travel, an airline membership might be worth it.
- Carry-On Luggage
If you’re planning to stay over for 2 to 3 nights, invest in a small, rigid carry on to take with you on the plane. Small enough to fit in the overhead compartment (to save you valuable time in the check-in process), but large enough to fit a two-day outfit, your laptop and chargers neatly.
- Plugs and charger adaptors
I can think of a few things that are irritating, but finally getting into your hotel room after a long journey want finding that none of your plugs are adapted to the country you have arrived in, is definitely one of them. For Edward Tomasso this is especially important, traveling back and forth to Italy. Research in advance the type of plugs that are used in the area you’re traveling to, or invest in an international adaptor that can fit them all.
If you travel on a regular basis, you can prepare a toiletry bag and use it only when you travel, as to avoid having to repack one every time. Fill it with travel size items like toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, cologne or perfume, dental floss or anything else you might need. If you find a plastic transparent bag to use, it’s a plus, as security won’t ask you to put it in a separate bag.
Edward Tomasso advises individuals to consider this list of tips for their next business trip. Not having to worry about small travel burdens will allow you to focus more on your work and the reason you are traveling in the first place.