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Mastering Business Travel: Tips for Smooth Sailing


As a seasoned business traveler and blogger, I’ve clocked countless hours in long hall flights, snoozed to the humming rhythm of rental cars, and deciphered scores of hotel reward programs. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that successful business travel doesn’t have to be stressful. With a dash of planning, a dollop of savvy know-how, and a sprinkle of humor, you can turn your next business trip into a smooth journey. So come along, fellow road warriors. Let’s navigate this together.

1. The Mighty Air Travel

They say the journey is more important than the destination. Clear skies, as business travelers we scoff at this romantic notion because we know it’s all about that rapid ascent to 39,000 feet and back down to solid ground again without losing our cool or our WiFi signal.

Firstly, get intimate with airlines’ reward programs. Instead of spreading your wings across different airlines, stick to one or two who are in the same alliance (e.g. Star Alliance, OneWorld, SkyTeam). And never take a flight without claiming your rightful air miles.

Secondly, stay loyal to your home base while having a bit on the side. In other words, choose a primary airport and secondary ones just in case. This strategy increases your chances of direct flights, which means fewer hassles, and more productive work (or naps).

2. Hotel Stays – Your Home Away from Home

Hotel stays should not make you feel like a sequestered juror. Pioneers of comfort, we need a place that feels like home, or at least a remarkably close facsimile.

Align yourself with a few hotel chains that understand the weary business traveler’s soul. Key factors to consider are: location (proximity to meetings), amenities (free WiFi, upgrades, breakfast), and an efficient loyalty program that showers you with perks.

Oh and pro-tip: ask nicely if you can get a room away from the elevator. Less traveler traffic means more peaceful repose.

3. Car Rentals: Your Trusty Steed

Having a rental car can offer freedom not to rely on questionable taxi services or slow public transportation. But beware of hidden costs and unfair fuel policies.

When booking, always compare prices from different companies. Using price comparison sites can help a lot.

Checking the vehicle thoroughly before you start your journey is paramount. The tiniest scratch you didn’t take note of could lump you with a handsome charge (and we all know those charges don’t come voluntarily).

4. Business Dining: Sealing Deals Over Meals

For the business traveler, a meal isn’t just a meal; it’s an opportunity to network, clinch deals, and enhance relationships.

Appreciate local cuisine while sticking to a balanced diet. Your health is your wealth, my fellow jet-setters. You never go wrong by choosing a well-rated restaurant that takes into account all dietary restrictions.

Remember, drinks are fine, but overdoing it is a faux pas. You want to present your best, not your tipsy, forget-my-name tomorrow self.

In conclusion, business travel might come across as a daunting task, but armed with the right information, it can be a breeze. So let’s bring out that roller suitcase, don your travel scarf, and march confidently towards our destination.

Signing off as your co-pilot in business travel…

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