For many of us, traveling is often a “fun” thing because it means we’re going to some far off, exotic destination for a vacation. For others, traveling is simply business-as-usual. Frequent business travelers are experts when it comes to getting to and from their destinations, but even the most seasoned road warriors can learn a new trick or two that might make their next business trip go a little more smoothly. If you travel often for work, some of the tips below might make your next trip a little easier.
First off, it’s important to consider which method of travel makes the most sense for getting to your next place of business. It might make sense to drive, fly or even hop on a train. It’s important to consider how far you actually have to travel, as well as how much stuff you’ll need to bring with you. Look at associated expenses with each method of travel, too. For example, while driving is usually cheaper than air or train travel, a week’s worth of parking fees at a hotel can quickly counterbalance any perceived savings.
If you are going to fly, put in the legwork when researching fares before you book. Many aggregate sites like Expedia and Booking.com offer plenty of deals on flights, but they won’t always offer the lowest prices. Sometimes you’re better off booking directly with the airline. Also, if your travel dates are flexible, check prices for departure dates a day or two later or earlier—you can often save a ton just by flying on a different day.
Once you’ve figured out how you’re going to get to your destination, it’s time to figure out where you’re going to stay. If you’re attending a conference of some sort, it makes more sense to stay at the same hotel hosting the conference. Take some time to look at how close restaurants are to where you’ll be staying, too. Try to pick places with plenty of dining options that won’t require a lot of additional driving to get to.
Pack smart. If you can avoid checking luggage, do it! If you do check a bag, keep an extra set of clothes in your carryon and make sure you have backups for important items like medication, electronics cables, documents, etc.