As a frequent business traveler, you are probably spending more time away and on the road than ever before. Being away from the office and maintaining productivity has proven to be challenging for many, if not most, corporate travelers.
Just when you thought the business travel sector was big enough, representing about a quarter of global travel and tourism spending, according to a 2017 report from Travelport and the World Travel and Tourism Council, this sector is set to grow a whopping 3.7 percent annually over the next decade.
In the past year alone, Brickell Travel Management has logged upwards near sixty-eight million miles traveled domestically and globally by business travelers. While using a corporate travel agency will inevitably help maintain front-end productivity, how can you be sure you are utilizing your time correctly on the actual trip? In order to help our frequent business travelers make the most out of their long haul, we have come up with a few ways to keep the productivity levels high, and stress levels low.
Enhance Your Vitamin Routine
While it may seem like a no-brainer to keep track of all your regular medication while away on business, many people overlook just how important routine vitamin intake becomes while abroad. In order to avoid coming down with something that is sure to kill your productivity, supplement with Vitamin C, Emergen-C, Airborne tablets, and your regular multi-vitamin.
Sign Up For Global Entry
We believe all corporate travelers should apply for Global Entry. Few things are more stressful than being in a security line so long that you are teetering on the edge of missing your flight. Save yourself time and hassle when you sign up and are also granted TSA PreCheck. You will breeze right past that endless security line and will have spare time to catch up on some work before catching your flight.
Utilize the Airport Lounge
Airports can be a very hostile environment. Families lugging their screaming kids to avoid missing their flight, people who are angry because they have already missed their flight, and then there’s you, the frequent business traveler who deserves an oasis of peacefulness to get some work done or just relax before taking off. You’ll enjoy peace, quiet, and space when you sign up for airport lounge clubs. Keep tabs on your flight status, decompress with large screen TVs and comfortable chairs. Many airport lounges provide the better side of airport Wi-Fi and come equipped with desks, computers, and numerous power sources to use and charge up your own devices.
Hotel Wi-Fi Speed
If you plan on getting any work done while at your hotel you’ll want to be sure you have the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available before your stay is booked. The easiest way to have a worry-free Wi-Fi connection is to mention this necessity to your corporate travel agent and they will take care of the rest.
Plan for the Worst, Expect the Best
Many travelers make the mistake of depending on the in-flight Wi-Fi when it may not be available or may be deemed useless because of how slow it is. Instead of the possibility of running into this problem, create an offline to do list so you can be productive without needing Wi-Fi. You are also in luck if you use GSUITE by Google. All you must do is activate the offline compatibility mode so you can access your Drive, Docs, Gmail, and Calendar.
Almost every veteran business traveler keeps a mental list of things they need to get done, but take this one step further and make a physical list that you can refer to. It’s an easy step that can amount to a more productive and stress-free trip. Create the list in order from most important tasks to least important, give yourself deadlines to complete these tasks and feel the weight lift off your shoulders every time you check one off the list.
Don’t Forget to Unwind
The most important thing not to be overlooked or pushed to the side is creating some YOU time. Between the business meetings, dinners with colleagues, and the hustle and bustle of making your flights on time, it is almost necessary for your mental health that you unwind at some point. If you have early business meetings but a free afternoon, talk to your travel consultant about booking a session at the area’s best resorts and spas. After all, what is business without a little pleasure?
If you’re a frequent business traveler looking for the best ways to stay productive while making the most out of your trip, talk to one of our dedicated corporate travel agents today! Sit back, relax, and they’ll take the rest from here.
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