6 Reasons Your Business Trips Are Failing (And How To Fix Them)
If your work requires you to travel, it is often seen as a perk. The fantasy is that you’ll be jetting off to exotic locations and meeting people from all over the world. The reality is a little different. You’re likely to become intimately acquainted with a variety of airports and hotel rooms. Meetings will be hurried as you dash from one location to another. It can be stressful and tiring. And when you get back you get to catch up on all the work you missed while you were away.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Avoid these common pitfalls when you’re traveling and enjoy a successful and calmer business trip.
- Long Haul Trips On Budget Flights
Wherever possible, and budget permitting, fly business class. Feeling rested and comfortable when you arrive at your destination will make all the difference. Fly business class to Asia, Europe, and the rest of the world. Enjoy the luxuries and make the most of your flight.
- You Didn’t Plan For Your Flight
Long haul flights are a great opportunity to catch up on work and get some rest. Make sure you plan accordingly. Ensure all the relevant documentation and information is packed in your flight bag. Upload information to your laptop or tablet. But don’t spend the whole time working. Relax a little too. You don’t want to arrive feeling stressed and tired.
- You Didn’t Confirm Your Meetings
Rookie mistake. Always confirm your meetings before you set off. And ensure that you can fit several people into one trip. You don’t want to arrive halfway around the world and find that your meeting has been canceled.
- You Didn’t Allow Enough Time Between Meetings
It’s good to fit in as many meetings as possible during your trip. However, you need to account for the time it takes to travel between each appointment. You also need to account for traffic and rush hour etc. Avoid arriving looking hot and flustered. Leave enough time between each meeting and a little buffer time.
- You Didn’t Have A Contingency Plan
Despite your best efforts, one of your contacts has canceled. What now? Don’t waste time twiddling your thumbs, make sure you have a plan B. Are there any other contacts you could catch up with for a quick coffee? Is it possible to bring any of your meetings forward? Is there any work you can be getting on with in a local cafe? A bonus tip is to scope out the cafes near to each meeting. Especially those with wifi.
- You Didn’t Get Enough Sleep
Though it’s tempting to get through as much as possible in one trip, don’t go overboard. The result is that you will feel exhausted and will be less productive. If contacts invite you for dinner, make sure you have enough time to catch up on some sleep. This will prepare you for the next busy day.
The best way to make the most of your trip is to be organized. Plan your trip carefully and don’t overstuff your schedule. Allow time to relax between meetings. And don’t miss out on sleep. You never know, you may even enjoy your time away.