You know that age-old adage: failing to prepare is preparing to fail? Well that couldn’t be truer when it comes to traveling for business. If you are new to business travel and are looking for ways to reduce your stress, then your best bet is to invest a lot of time in making your plans. The more you can take care of before the trip, the more smoothly the whole trip will go once you get there. Here are five tips to reduce business travel stress.
- Find out as much as you can about the people with whom you will be interacting. If you have some business associates that you are hoping to impress, or if you have a business proposition that you are trying to get signed, you will need to know a bit about the people you are schmoozing. You don’t want to start drifting into stalker territory, but you do want to know a bit about their educational backgrounds, work history, greater career intentions, and even their recreational interests. The more you can learn about them, the easier it will be to find a commonality, relax and put on the charm.
- Book your flight during normal hours. If you are traveling a very far distance, it’s important that you can find a way to get enough sleep. If you don’t sleep well on planes, then you definitely don’t want to book a red-eye flight. You want to make sure that you are well rested when you arrive at your destination so that you have a strong and commanding presence at all times. You will not make a good impressionif you look tired or flustered.
- Book a hotel that is centrally located. You can search for all kinds of hotels with Hipmunk, and when you do, you want to make sure that you keep your search filtered for the neighborhoods you will be frequenting most. If you try to save a few bucks by booking your hotel in a less popular neighborhood, you will only be giving yourself a more difficult commute and spending more money on transportation.
- Be sure to make a solid itinerary before you leave. If you want to ensure that you make the most out of your trip and work as efficiently as possible, then you want to make sure you have a firm and comprehensive itinerary before you even set foot on the plane. You can schedule all of your meetings, workshops, business lunches and any other obligations in the calendar on your smartphone or tablet with all the details you will need. You want to be sure you record all of the addresses and pertinent details about each place you plan to visit so that you’re not scrolling through email threads trying to figure out where you’re going or who you’re meeting.
- Make all of your restaurant reservations well in advance. If you are responsible for taking clients out for a meal, you want to be sure that you take them somewhere to impress. Of course, this means that you’re going to have to do some research on the best restaurants and call for a reservation before leaving for your trip. The last thing you want to do is wait until it’s too late and then scramble to find a halfway decent restaurant at the last minute.