Traveling for business is one of the perks of the job – new city, new surroundings, plus in most cases someone else is paying for it!
There are certain websites and companies that specialize in business travel and know all the ins and outs that you may forget. This URL will point you in the right direction if you’re feeling a little ill-prepared for your next business adventure abroad.
Here are five tips on how to prepare for your overseas business trip.
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Research the customs and culture
If you’re doing business in another country, it’s crucial that you arrive prepared and knowledgeable. There’s nothing more embarrassing than accidentally offending a business person from another country!
Do extensive research on the customs and culture – the business practices in different countries vary from place to place. Find out about the currency, time difference, how people dress, what common body language themes are – it’ll be worth it when you come off as knowledgeable and smart.
Make sure you’re ready to travel
There are a few basic questions you ask yourself before you jet off – some may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget them!
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The first are essentials such as whether your passport is in date, and whether there are any special requirements for visas. Travel insurance is also another consideration. You might roll your eyes, but if god forbid you get injured or something gets stolen, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars for travel insurance!
Take some healthy snacks and organize your exercise prior
Traveling really stuffs you’re eating and exercise routine. You’re sitting on transport for a large number of hours and eating food that’s not exactly fresh or full of vitamins. This can make you feel lethargic, and doesn’t put you on top of your game if you need to seal some important deals on the trip!
A great tip for frequent flyers who value their health is to organise some snacks to take on the trip, such as nuts, grain bars, fruit and proteins like tinned tuna – they’ll help keep you full, rather than the in-flight muffin that will have you craving sugar in no time! Another tip is to organise where you’re going to exercise and when before the trip starts – so you have a schedule to keep to. If you say that you’ll just exercise when you have spare time, chances are you probably won’t – you’ll be too tired or can’t be bothered. It might be a good idea to invest in a personal trainer for a few days, it’ll make you accountable for your exercise.
Be educated about the country risks and common diseases
If you’re traveling to an area vastly different to the country you’re in, it’s a good idea to research common illnesses and take suitable medication with you on the trip. Make sure you’ve got all the necessary vaccinations and shots required for the location.
What’s the language?
Most places might know how to speak fluent English, others may not. In any case, it’s good manners to learn a few of the common phrases of the place that you’re traveling to – might help break the ice if you’re struggling with pronunciation!
Traveling abroad for work is a very exciting opportunity – get the most out of the experience by being ultra-prepared!
What are some of your favorite ways to prepare for business trips overseas?