Travel for work
Do you have employees who travel for work, or do you travel for work often? If so, you may know the ins-and-outs. Here are some considerations for business travel that you can pass along to those employees who hit the road regularly.
Get in the fast lane:
If you travel for work often, there are several ways to speed up the airport security process. One option is TSA Pre-check, a program that allows you to go through security without the hassle of taking off your shoes, removing electronics, etc. To enroll, all you have to do is pass the screening process and pay a small fee. Many airlines these days also allow you to check in online and get a boarding pass right on your smartphone, saving you from having to wait in line twice. Finally, consider the airport security process and be sure to dress and pack your carry on in a way that makes things go more smoothly: allowing easy access to IDs, wearing slip-on shoes and such.
Enjoy creature comforts:
Traveling can be anxiety-making, even for the pros. Instead of relying on sleeping pills or making yourself feel worse (ultimately) by drinking alcohol while you travel, bring along a few things that will truly help you to de-stress. Have some essential oils, a decent pillow, or maybe just your headphones and some great podcasts available whatever works best to help you chill out when you’re feeling less than serene.
Pack a lunch:
Airport food is way overpriced ($15 for a bag of pistachios, anyone?) and often unhealthy. Maybe you’ll find something decent along the way; but maybe you won’t. Prepare for either scenario by packing some nuts, string cheese, maybe even a sandwich, so that you won’t get too hungry or grumpy en route.
Expect the unexpected:
Thwarted business travel can be a nightmare, especially if you have to give a presentation and all your notes and your best suit are in your suitcase, which is still in a different city. Although it’s rare, these things do happen. Protect your peace of mind if you must travel for work by having a backup plan for missed flights, late luggage and the like. If you must check baggage, be sure to bring a change of clothes and anything critical to your trip in your personal carry on.
When your travel plans get disrupted by things out of your control, it’s easy to get frustrated with flight attendants, restaurant employees and airport staff. But remember: The things that are out of your control are usually out of their control, too. And you don’t want to get on bad terms with anyone who might be able to solve the problem so take a few deep breaths and keep your mouth shut.
Reap the rewards:
If you’re going to be crisscrossing the globe, you might as well take advantage of one of the many rewards programs available to frequent travelers. Both hotels and airlines offer loyalty or frequent flyer programs, which can get you free flights or hotel stays, exclusive privileges, discounts and upgrades. Do your research to find which plans will work best for your travel style and frequency, and then stick with those companies to enjoy the most benefits.