Overcoming common business travel challenges

Monday, September 16, 2013

Overcoming common business travel challenges

Traveling for business can undoubtedly be a stressful endeavor. Being on the road, away from your family and living in an unfamiliar environment all present their own unique challenges. While it can take some getting used to, there are certainly some steps you can take to avoid many of the common business travel hassles. Whether you want to be more comfortable, save money or avoid some of the complications that come with traveling the globe, here are some tips that can make life on the road a little better:

Cut down on clutter
If you're an inexperienced traveler, it may seem like you need to take all your electronics with you on the plane. Your tablet, smartphone, laptop and e-readers may all seem necessary, but once you try to start packing in other essentials you'll soon be wishing you had more space. Experts from The Business Journal say you probably don't need all those gadgets. Keep everything to a minimum - a laptop and smartphone is going to be more than enough. 

Look for perks
Frequent business travelers likely already have achieved elite status on their preferred airline, but if you're just starting out you should look to join their ranks wherever possible. This is especially important if you're at a job where you'll be making business trips with some regularity. Making a point to get in this elite class will not only remove many of the common hassles associated with business travel but also provide discounts on other amenities.

Look past hotels
While hotels have been the go-to lodging option for business travel, there are other options available, including serviced apartments. Particularly appealing for stays longer than a week, serviced apartments can offer a number of advantages compared to hotels. For starters, they tend to have more room. In fact, according to The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, they offer an average of 30 percent more space than your typical hotel room. 

Quality also plays another crucial role. While there are undoubtedly luxurious hotels in cities across the world, corporate apartments offer the trappings over home including fully furnished kitchens, high quality beds and typically better entertainment options than most hotel rooms - so it will feel like you've never left home.