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Traveling for work can be tedious, but a well planned trip can take some of the monotony and some of the stress away. Once the big decisions have been made, you may find that the business trip feels a little more like a working vacation.


Just Like A Boy Scout, Always Be Prepared


Enjoying a business trip begins before the flight takes off. Preparation is the key, especially in circumstances when bosses and co-workers will be observing your business trip etiquette. Taking the time to map out your routes, double checking your hotel and car rental reservations, and setting an extra alarm can all go a long way to ensure you won't miss any important meetings.


We all know that any number of things can go wrong on a vacation away from home. This is especially true, when it comes to business trips. Expect the worst and prepare for mishaps, because, sooner or later, you will need that fall-back plan.


When packing, there are some things you should make a note to bring that you might not otherwise consider. For instance, bringing earphones is essential. Even on the plane, the in-flight movie might not have an option for video captioning services, so those earphones or earbuds will already come in handy.


Another option is a pack of cards. This might help pass the time on a flight or while killing time in your hotel room, prior to a meeting. Of course, a smartphone equipped with gaming apps could provide much more enjoyable entertainment in those circumstances. Bring clothes appropriate for a number of atmospheres. Foremost, you'll want to ensure you have multiple changes of business attire for meetings and business related events, but you won't be spending every moment in meetings. Bring casual (but not frumpy) clothes for dinners and evening outings to ensure an appearance that won't spur rumors in the office back home.


One additional word on wardrobe: taking the time to check weather forecasts for your destination will help to ensure you bring clothes appropriate for the climate.



Technology Is Your Greatest Tour Guide


Making the most of your business trip starts with familiarizing yourself with your employer's policy in regard to business expenses. Knowing just what is permitted will undoubtedly save you from spending your own money, while away from the office. Additionally, it's wise to save digital records of your expenses, as well as paper receipts. There are even a number of mobile apps to help out in this area by allowing a user to scan a copy of the record and save it on their phone. The days of burying one's nose in an atlas or trying desperately to flag down a cabbie on a busy street are all but gone. There isn't much a smartphone can't do these days. From GPS services to ridesharing apps, mobile devices can provide travelers with everything to ensure a successful and stress-free experience on the road.

Stay loyal to those businesses that treat you well and you'll find that they will return the favor. From airlines and car rental companies to hotels and restaurants, many businesses offer rewards programs for loyal customers. By frequenting the same places over time, you will be able to stack up points good towards free or discounted services. Later, a personal vacation may be all but paid for from your company business trips.


Don't forget to have fun on your business trip, too! Apps like Tripadvisor and websites like Roadside America can offer options for enjoying your free time and spending evenings away from the hotel. Heading out for a concert or a sightseeing excursion may even afford an opportunity for bonding with coworkers and colleagues. At the very least, it will give you something to talk about, when you do return home.


Remember, planning ahead is essential to a successful and enjoyable business trip, so take care of everything early. Traveling can be frustrating enough without the added stress of worrying over poorly organized plans.



Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.


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