Even in this digital era, where people are telecommuting, remote working and conference calling, you would be surprised at just how many people in Australia still travel for business. We’re not just talking about traditional businessmen but millennial digital nomads, as well. Nevertheless, if you’re unprepared, or at least underprepared, for what lies ahead, this journey may become both arduous and dangerous. With that in mind and without further ado, here are five simple tips that should ensure that your journey goes as smoothly as possible and that your next business trip is a resounding success.
Try to plan as much as you can
With enough will, determination and time, you can plan your next business trip to the last detail. Other than making all the reservations online, you can also research the neighborhood surrounding your accommodation for its reputation, points of interest and services that you need. Therefore, you can find a dry-cleaning business in the vicinity, in case you need it, as well as read a thing or two (on Google Reviews) about the restaurant where you’re supposed to have the meeting. Sure, it’s impossible to predict all that may happen to you on this trip, yet, having the most of the trip planned may just be the next best thing.
Consider your means of transportation
The way in which you get to your target destination will affect the amount of luggage that you may take, your alertness upon the arrival and the time of your travel. Other than this, the choice of the method of transportation will affect the traveling experience itself, which is not something that you should underestimate. Given the quantity of these trips, it’s much better if you were to have a certain pleasant and familiar routine to stick to, even if it means developing several different patterns (each for a specific occasion).
Still, there is more to consider while on this topic than may meet the eye. You see, if you decide to go for a rent-a-car, once you reach the target destination or travel by your own vehicle (for instance from Melbourne to Sydney), there’s always the issue of the insurance present, as well as the probability that you’ll get into an accident. In this case, it might be worth your while to know some local legal experts. In the above-listed example, it would be good to have contact with skilled NSW compensation lawyers, so that you, at very least, get financially covered, if this nightmare scenario really takes place.
Keeping your valuables safe
Leaving your comfort zone makes you exposed and vulnerable in several different ways. First, you’re in an unfamiliar turf and, unlike in your hometown, you have no idea which spots and areas to avoid, during the day or nighttime. Second, as a traveler, you’re bound to keep all your valuables in one place. You’ll bring your wallet, your phone, your laptop and pack your luggage with essentials including your most expensive suit (for the meeting). So, keep your belongings close, keep an eye on them at all times and even invest in a simple luggage GPS device, in order to track your stuff at all times.
Look for local co-working spaces
If you’re accustomed to working in an actual office, which a lot of people are, then you should probably look for shared space offices at your target destination. Some people are accustomed to working from home, local park bench or a coffee shop, yet, there are a lot of those who need the formality and productivity focus of an office. For them, finding a suitable co-working space would be a massive time-saver in terms of productivity and efficiency.
Work in cloud
The last piece of advice is incredibly pragmatic and it requires you to work in the cloud as much as possible. This is incredibly pragmatic, seeing as how you won’t need to carry clunky hardware wherever you go. You’ll be able to access your digital storage, your data and your work platforms via any terminal, anywhere in the world. This may make your travels a lot easier and care-free. Other than this, in case of one of your devices getting stolen, the loss will be significantly smaller, seeing as how the loss of data won’t be included. When working with a team, this makes data sharing substantially easier and more reliable. Same goes with sharing pictures and videos from your trip.
Even though these five tips are useful for family holidays, as well, the key factor that you need to focus on during a business trip is efficiency. This is exactly what you get by adhering to the above-listed five principles. In time, these five travel tips can become a basis for a routine that you’ll come to use on your many business travels.
Alexander Hunkin is an Australian based startup advisor with in-depth experience in growing business. His meaningful and strategic advices have helped in setting and growing many startup companies in Brisbane and Perth. Alexander is also a content creator for different niches. The top ones are business, career, finance and marketing. He aspires to share his experiences and is always on the lookout for the next opportunity to enhance his skills. When he isn’t busy working, you can find him cooking exotic meals, scuba diving and cycling.