Business Travel And A Few Things To Consider |

Travelling on business is something which many people have to do on a day to day basis. This can vary from a simple car journey to trains trips a few miles away up to internal flights as well as flying to a completely different country. However there are a few things that you can do in order to make your trip that bit easier and perhaps more enjoyable.

Business can be a very stressful thing so the last thing that you need is a trip which does not go to plan and adds more stress onto your shoulders. So the first thing you should do especially with the longer trips is to ensure that you pre-book in advance and if you have any connections to make then ensure you give yourself enough time to make them.

It can be extremely annoying if your first part of the journey is late and it has a knock on effect leaving you stranded in another part of the world. By making your connections too tight you can destroy your entire trip and of course miss out on the business deals themselves.

If you are booking flights online then you should print confirmation of your booking and do not just leave it to the online system to inform the company by itself. Technology may indeed be great but it does have the habit of breaking down and if you have not printed off your confirmation you may end up having no proof that you are meant to be on that flight.

If you have an item such as a laptop then keep it with you on your journey. Do not put it in luggage which has to go in the hold of an aircraft as the baggage handlers are not very well known for their careful handling skills. You may get a nasty surprise at the other end which could turn out very costly. However you should also check an airline for its guidelines on what is allowed to be carried on as hand luggage. They may have restrictions on certain electrical equipment so ensure you know and understand these before travelling.

If you are having to stay in a hotel then it is a good idea to take your own Ethernet cable with you. While most hotels supply you with the ability to plug in your laptop you may discover that the cables have either gone missing or indeed have been broken by a previous guest and has not been replaced. By simply carrying your own cable you know you can still carry on with work whilst in your room.

It can be beneficial for you to keep a large wallet or purse just for receipts. As you are probably going to claim money back on expenses you can easily keep them all together in the one place making it easier for you to calculate what is owed to you at the end of the trip. It does of course not cost very much in buying a new wallet just for this purpose.

So these are intended as just a few simple ideas to keep in mind when you are travelling on business. They are meant more for trips that are a bit further away from base if your trip means you are returning home that same day then less planning may be involved.

Ways to Control Costs on Business Travels |

Business travel is important but it can be expensive. There are ways to control costs on business travels. That is the purpose of this article- to show you how to save money. Follow the tips that I have mentioned below and you will no doubt find that you are saving money and that means you will have more money in your own pocket and your business can grow quicker.

Here are some things you can do.

Avoid International Roaming Charges- If you travel overseas regularly, don’t take your home mobile phone with you. You will pay hugely inflated rates to access data and make phone calls. You will also pay to receive phone calls. We’ve seen customers with bills totaling thousands of dollars.

Get a global SIM card- If you must call family, friends or the office back home, make sure that you get a global SIM card so that you can make calls cheaply. In most countries you will also get free incoming calls with a global SIM card.

Get a Smart Phone with the Skype app on it- Free WiFI is becoming more and more prominent in major metropolitan cities throughout the world. Get a WiFI capable smart phone with a Skype application and then you will be able to make free Skype to Skype calls with people back home. These could be work colleagues, family or friends. Sometimes Skype can drop out on a smart phone but when it doesn’t cost you anything to call back this is not the end of the world.

Book well in advance and stay at the same spot or with the same chain- You should book your accommodation well in advance (avoid peak periods when tourists travel) and you should consider staying loyal to a worldwide chain of hotels. Many of these hotels have reward programs which means that you can earn free nights if you travel often.

Be loyal to the one airline- You should also think about being loyal to a single airline if you want to control the costs of your business travels. Airlines have frequent flyer programs that you let you redeem points for flights. You can also tie this with some global SIM cards and credit cards that also offer frequent flyer points rewards.

Decide whether some of the business be done without travel- I travel a lot for work, but sometimes I make the choice not to travel. Face to face meetings are important but sometimes everything that needs to be achieved can be achieved over the phone.

In this article I have shared with you 6 Ways to Control Costs on Business Travels. Follow these tips and you should see your business grow.