It’s safe to say 2020 has been a year unlike any other with travel almost completely suspended for a few months thanks to restrictions, and, understandable, paranoia. Recently, the wheels have slowly started turning again, as travel gets rebooted, and business travelers dust off their overnight bags.
However, corporate travel hasn’t gotten any easier. In fact, some would argue it’s gone to the opposite extreme! If you’re looking for ways to make your business trip as smooth as possible, we’ve got all the tips here!
The most important thing is to stay safe while you travel. Make sure you wear a mask, as face coverings are now mandatory at most airports. There will also be rules in place for physical distancing when you’re standing in queues which may slow things down a bit, so make sure you arrive early, you don’t want to miss your flight.
You can never be too careful these days, and airports understand too. That’s why they’ve relaxed regulations on hand sanitizer bottles. Make sure you use an alcohol-based sanitizer prodigiously whenever you touch any surfaces.
Pre-book Airport Transfers
You don’t want to spend time stressing over flagging down a taxi, or feeling shocked by Uber’s surge pricing. In any case, booking a town car or limo is only a tad bit more expensive than a taxi, and saves you from having to lug your bags around the airport searching for the taxi stand, or enduring an uncomfortable ride in the shuttle after a flight.
All Work & No Play
While work is the primary objective of your corporate travel, it’s important to enjoy a bit of downtime as well. Stuffing your day with endless work calls or meetings can lead to burning out in the long run.
Go outside, and explore the city, see the sights (safely, of course) by taking a few mornings, or an afternoon off to do what you really enjoy. Try it, and see the difference it makes both mentally and physically!
Use An Expense Management Tool
Keeping track of your expenses can be a bit tricky during a business trip. Long days and business dinners can leave you with a briefcase full of bills, and not the good kind! Filling out expense reports can be an unnecessary headache, especially if you’re a frequent traveler and end up trying to get it all done at the same time.
A quick way to make this easier is by using an expense management tool. You’ll be able to take a picture of each receipt and upload it, while the app creates the expense report for you. Pretty neat huh!