No matter how frequently you travel, there are always ways you can save time or make your journey more comfortable. Using technology, making the most of loyalty schemes and being prepared can all help you make your trip successful and enjoyable.
Top 5 Business Travel Hacks (that’s hints and tips to most of us!)
* Make loyalty work for you. Gone are the days when dressing smartly and speaking nicely to the check in agent will get you an upgrade, these days, you need to be part of an elite customer group. Airlines, Hotels… in fact pretty much any service you use will have a loyalty scheme of some sort. This is why it pays to sign up to loyalty schemes and, where you can, stick to the same provider to quickly get on their radar as a valuable customer. If you’re not sure which airline loyalty scheme is best for you, read our blog and find out what to consider.
*Make the most apps available. Whether it’s the app of the airline you’re travelling with to get live updates on gate changes or delays or a taxi company in the city ready for when you arrive. Check out our blog on the must have apps for when you’re travelling.
*Be prepared. Take the time to make a high-resolution scan of your divers license, passport, visas and your credit card. Save it on your phone/laptop and leave a copy with a trusted family member or colleague at home. If anything goes missing or is stolen, it will be much quicker and easier to replace with these documents.
*Get the best seat on the plane. The website Seat Guru is a brilliant resource to work out where you want to sit. You can see where the kitchens, toilets and emergency exits are, plus it highlights any seats with restricted legroom. Be aware though, airline could change the type of plane you’re flying on at the last minute so it’s possible it will change.
*Pack smarter. To save time and the potential stress of losing your bag, it makes sense to just take a hand luggage. This can sometimes be a bit of a squeeze, so if you are short for space, these tips might help:
Choose versatile clothes. Think through your outfits and pack clothes that mix and match. Tops that go with your business outfits as well as your jeans are a good place to start. If in doubt, go for black – it goes with anything and hides stains really well if any accidents happen.
Take little luxuries that will make a difference. Think through items that will help you feel more at home whether that’s noise-cancelling headphones or a candle to help you relax after a long day.
Ditch all the papers. There are brilliant apps like TripIt which will log your itinerary and store all the details of your trip, so you don’t need a folder full of paper.
Stay in touch. It’s not always possible to have access to charge your phone/laptop. Pack a portable power pack to ensure you never get caught out.