Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, if it is new to you or you have not flown for a while, the process can be a little intimidating. Flying and travelling for business can be exciting but it can also be stressful and takes a toll on the body and mind in some situations.
If you are going to be flying regularly, hopping from one location to the next, be fully prepared by reading our essential tips:
1. Consider Joining Loyalty Programs
If you are a regular traveller, join all of the loyalty programs you can find. Do some research first and join the ones with the best rewards and points programs. Sometimes you will get more luggage allowance and more flexibility with booking flights. Look into programs for hotel, car hire and flights.
Also, if you pick an airline and stick with it, you will maximise the loyalty points and get to know the airport staff.
2. Consider Applying for a Travel Reward Credit Card
Look into applying for a credit card that gives you travel points. They usually give you points for spending on flights, fuel and even food.
With most rewards credit cards, you can redeem the points on fuel, hotels and flights. For example, CNBC has a rundown of the best travel credit cards available in the USA.
3. Register for TSA PreCheck
The TSA PreCheck is something that exists in the USA, but other countries have similar schemes. You fill in the paperwork, usually at the airport and it should take less than 20 minutes to complete and the program costs around $100.
Having filled in the paperwork and accepted on the scheme, you can join smaller queues, that tend to move quicker, sometimes you can take all your electronics straight through as well in your hand luggage.
4. Use a Travel App
It is often a good idea to use some kind of travel or flight app. You can also use an expense tracking app such as Concur and a luggage delivery app such as DUFL. If you arrive at an unfamiliar airport, an app such as FLIO can provide interactive maps, recommendations and general tips for using nearly 6,000 airports worldwide.
Another app worth considering is Tripcase. This can help you to get on your flights hassle-free – simply scan the phone to get on board, it contains information about your hotel bookings and any notes that you may have made, as well as recommendations about where to eat and what’s on in the city.
The app makes travel easier because everything is in one place – no routing around your luggage for tickets or pulling about pieces of paper with information about your hotel.
5. The Red Eye is Not for Everyone
The red-eye flights are flights scheduled to leave at night and arrive at their destination the next morning. This can sound like an efficient way to fly, however, chances are, you will have a stressful evening or early morning travelling to the airport and getting on the flight. Flying in the early hours and then heading straight to a meeting will be stressful both mentally and physically.
For some people, it is much easier and less hassle to fly out in the evening and spend a night in a hotel. The last flight out is also typically a lot cheaper than the red-eye option.
6. Use a Virtual Receptionist
If you are self-employed, travelling can take you offline for long periods. Having this in mind, it can be a logical investment to hire a virtual receptionist.
With a 24/7 service, you can capture all leads and customer queries whilst you sleep and at the same time, filter out any annoying sales calls. With Moneypenny you get a dedicated receptionist, who will know your business as well as a full-time hire – but for a fraction of the cost.
7. Use a Backpack or a Satchel
If you are wearing casual attire, a backpack is a great place to store your laptop, headphones and everything else you need, whilst a satchel can perform the same job if you are dressed in a suit and tie. The main advantage is that you can have your hands free when waiting for a flight, shopping within airports and going through customs.
8. Invest in Noise-Cancelling Headphones
These are no longer super-expensive and can be a real stress-buster when travelling. They can help you to get in your zone and either get down to some work or chill out and relax.
If you spend a lot of time travelling, you should aim to use that time productively. This might mean that you are resting and finding ways to unwind, or more likely, that you will be learning and/or working as you travel. Prepare some work or download some podcasts before you go.
Techradar rated the Sony WH-1000XM4 as the best noise cancelling headphones, but you can pick some up for around $50.
9. Tell Clients
If you are travelling for pleasure or know that you will be offline for a long period of time, let clients know. Consider setting up an email auto-responder too.
Finally, if budget allows it, you can also invest in a travel assistant service. This takes a lot of the stress and hassle out of arranging business travel.
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