Jetlag, airport queues and being away from the family for days at a time can make business travel an absolute nightmare for frequent flyers. So, here we offer 5 travel hacks to make business travel a little less stressful (and maybe even enjoyable)!
Avoid the Jetlag
Travelling to different time zones on the other side of the planet can lead to a few days lost to jetlag. This is bad enough if you are lucky enough to have a few days before meetings and presentations to acclimatise – but most business travellers are expected to get off the plane and straight into the meeting room. There are many regional cures and preventative measures offered by less-than-authoritative sources which work with varying levels of success. For more authoritative suggestions, here are a few researched methods offered by NHS Choices:
- Adapt sleep patterns to the new time zone you are due to visit
- Try to include an overnight stopover where possible
- Keep hydrated
- Seek natural light
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XE Currency is a simple currency tool which allows you to instantly check how much you’re expected to fork over in this new currency. Similarly, Tipulator can help you navigate exchange rates and local customs to ensure you don’t over-tip or under-tip.
If you have only a limited amount of data allowance on your travels, Onavo can drastically reduce the amount of data that everyday tasks requiring data. From downloading emails to seeking directions, Onavo can reduce the data impact on your device.
Keeping you safe wherever you are, Travel Safe offers an extensive list of emergency numbers for almost every location on the planet.
Fit in More
If you’re business trip includes a lot of downtime and wasted hours, try and fit in more rather than just sitting about in your hotel room. For the consummate professional, it may be possible to organise a few additional meetings during your travels. Using LinkedIn, you may be able to find professionals within the industry – potentially opening up new leads or just exchanging ideas.
Alternatively, if you want to spend the downtime relaxing and enjoying a new city – TripAdvisor can help you find the best local sites, restaurants and more, making your business trip a bit more like a holiday.
If you travel frequently with work, there are a number of programmes which can reward you with reduced costs, free upgrades and added extras during your sojourns.
PartnerPlusBenefit is the official rewards programme of Lufthansa for business flyers. Offering rewards for flyers aboard the German airline as well as nine other airlines – PartnerPlusBenefit can help members receive flight upgrades, access to private lounges, free transfers and even free seats aboard flights.
With thousands of hotels worldwide, the Hilton Hhonors programme makes it more affordable for business travellers to stay in style in countries around the world. The extensive rewards could convince your bosses to cancel your motel room and put you up in a comfortable Hilton hotel.
For business travellers who hate spending time away from the family – here are a couple of tips to help you to stay connected. EE offer data add-ons meaning you won’t be faced with any unwelcome surprise charges when calling and video chatting with the family back home.
This Lifehacker article may be three years old but still offers some great methods for finding free WiFi wherever you are in the world. This means you can find somewhere to plant yourself for half an hour and enjoy a Skype conversation with the family.