Business Travel Research: What to Know Before You Go

4
Oct

Business Travel Research: Travel Tips & Apps for Navigating a New City Like a Pro

Business Travel ResearchBusiness travel can take you somewhere within your own city or anywhere around the world. Even with a lot of air miles under your belt, travelling to a new city can be intimidating. Business travellers can have an abundance of questions about a new destination, such as how do I get to my hotel; what side of the road do I drive on; how about tipping, is it different; can I drink the water, etc. A little business travel research can go a long way for a successful, stress free trip in a new city.

In this article, we take a look at a series of considerations for your business travel research and preparation including useful tips and business travel apps, to help you navigate a new city like a pro.

The Nitty-gritty

There are the very basic necessities to follow whether you’re travelling near or far for your business trip.

REST: Get plenty of rest the night before you leave. Going well rested you will be more alert and able to conduct your business meeting or presentation.

WATER: Stay hydrated – this starts a few days before your trip. Don’t wait until the day you leave to start drinking plenty of fluids. Start drinking plenty of water several days before you leave so your body is well hydrated.

  • Balances your mood good customer relations
  • Clarity of mind understanding business transactions
  • Prevents dry mouth better to give your business presentations
  • Improved memory function easier to recall business figures
  • Combats fatigue stay alert at those all day business meetings

Getting Down to Business

If you are required to travel overseas, there are several tips that will definitely make your business travel a lot more comfortable and effective.

Passport

Always keep your passport up to date. Do not wait until the last minute to renew, which could cost you extra fees to expedite the process.

Language

Going to a foreign city can be scary if you do not know the language. Although many places speak English, there are also many who do not. When you’re doing your business travel research, learn a few key phrases in the local language and type them on to a small card. Keep the card handy, you may need it in a pinch. There are also small pocket translators you can purchase. Here are some key words and phrases to know:

  • Do you speak English?
  • My name is _____.
  • How do I get to the bus/taxi/train/airport?
  • Do you take credit cards?
  • Where is the nearest bathroom?
  • Can you show me on a map?
  • I need help or I am lost.
  • Thank you.
  • Please.

There are also business travel apps that will help you translate. One popular app is Google Translate. It works on Apple and Android products. It uses your camera to read the phrase and then translate it back to your language. This can help you read menus, signs and so on. It is easy and quick; well worth loading it on your smart phone.

Getting Aroundbusiness travel research

Travelling in a foreign land can be difficult, especially if there are a lot of connections. Here are a few tips that will help make this a little easier.

  • When booking your flight, have your travel management company assist you with booking the ground travel as well. This will ensure you end up in the right place and can get back to the airport on time. You will be assured of a trustworthy vendor and also get the best pricing available.
  • If you’re renting your own vehicle, study the maps in advance so you know the names of the roads, and familiarize yourself with where you would be going.
  • Install a maps app on your smart phone such as Google Maps. You can put in your destination and it will audibly (and visually) give you a route to your destination.
  • Another useful business travel app is called Travelmath. It will calculate the distance between two cities; the distance to and from the airport; the closest airport; it will also help with time changes and much more. This is a versatile tool that has a lot of different options.

Tipping & Other Customs

Prior to your trip, review tipping and other customs of your destination country. The more you know, the better – you do not want to embarrass yourself or offend your host. Some countries, such as Japan, don’t expect tips. In fact, it may even be refused if you offer it.

  • Global Tipping Guide is a smart little app you can add to your phone. You type in the country you are visiting. The app brings up a screen about that country with a paragraph or two about the tipping customs in that country. It will even help you calculate the tip and also save the information for your expense report.
  • There are a lot of helpful things you can learn about a specific culture in a short time and it could prove very useful in a business setting. For example, did you know it is unacceptable to pat someone on the back in Belgium? The app International Business Etiquette is a great business travel app for giving you some basic details concerning language, culture, and business and social etiquette. Do not forget your travel management consultant may also have some great tips for you.

Climate / Seasons

We all know that the seasons of the year occur during different times depending on your global location. For example, when it is summer in Canada, it is winter in Australia. This type of information is critical to your business travel. For your wardrobe you need to know if you need a heavier coat, a lightweight suit, umbrella, sun screen, etc. The World Weather Widget is a great app that gives you world radar maps; 3 hour forecasts; a world clock and alarm. Another similar app is Weather Underground.

So There You Have It

Business travel can be tiring if you have to do a lot of it. These business travel research tips should help make your travel more comfortable and productive. If you have any questions or concerns regarding travel, your travel management company is an excellent resource. Give them a call today and discuss your next business trip.

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