As a young business woman, you will likely have to travel for work on occasion. Business travel is an important part of your career. Meeting important contacts and promoting your company on a global level means that you can find new business. When you have to take a business trip, you have many things to plan. You don’t want to waste too much time on your trip as a whole, but you need to make sure that the travel was worthwhile. Great preparation is essential to making the most of your trip. If you are travelling across time zones then you will need to make sure you can manage your time well. Here is a comprehensive guide to a successful business trip.
Book travel in advance
Sometimes you won’t have much notice when you need to take a trip for your company. If you do know in advance, though, it will be useful to book your travel far in advance as well. You can save yourself and your company a lot of money by making your travel arrangements in advance. Make sure that you book flexible tickets. Plans can change at any point, and so you need to be able to change your travel times at the last minute.
Work while you travel
If you are going to spend hours on a plane, that is a waste of time. Make the most of your time by working whilst you travel. Take your laptop or tablet with you in your hand luggage. If you get a spare moment on the plane, try and get on with some work. Make sure that the work you plan for your travels is not urgent. Often people find it hard to work whilst they are on the go. Having the option to get on with some work will help to motivate you, whilst having pressure to do work will make your travels stressful.
You don’t need to take a massive suitcase with you when you are on a business trip. You will likely have a busy schedule while you are away, and the last thing you want is a huge suitcase to carry around with you. Remember, the hotel will provide you will essentials such as hotel slippers, and so you don’t need to take any yourself. All you need to worry about is taking business attire and sleepwear.
Plan your pitch
It is likely that you are travelling to meet a client or a business associate. You will know what you hope to achieve from the meeting before you go on the trip. It is vital that you plan what you’re going to say to a client before you meet them. If you don’t plan a pitch, you might find that you are at a loss for words and that you lose business. Make sure that you are certain of what you want to achieve before making your travel plans. You don’t have to stick to your notes, but having them will help you if you get stuck for what to say.
Get sleep whenever you can
When you are travelling, sleep will be the most-important thing to you. You need to be fresh and awake when you attend business meetings. That is difficult when you’ve just stepped off a ten hour flight to meet people. It is vital that you get some sleep wherever and whenever you can. Some airports have short sleep rooms or pods that you can hire out to get a quick rest. Make sure that you make use of these services. Book yourself an hour in a sleep pod for a quick power nap. It will surprise you to find what a huge difference a short nap can make to your energy levels.