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If you often attend business conferences, you probably spend a significant amount of time (and money) travelling to...
If you often attend business conferences, you probably spend a significant amount of time (and money) travelling to and from them.
In this article, we suggest seven sensible “travel habits” that will help you make the most of your time on the road (or in the air), and hopefully save you some cash as well.
If you travel to conferences on any form of public transport, the amount you pay for your journey can vary hugely depending on when and how you book.
Try to make your travel plans as far in advance as possible, as fares usually increase the nearer you get to your travel date. The money you save could even cover the cost of upgrading to a higher travel class on a plane or train, giving you a more peaceful and luxurious environment in which to use your travel time productively.
If you’re a regular business traveller, you really should be an expert in packing well for your journeys. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra money on appropriate bags and luggage either – that expensive four-wheeled suitcase will prove worth every penny if you’re constantly travelling through airports.
You have to accommodate for traffic jams, public transport delays and other hold-ups. Tempting though that extra hour in bed may seem, your travels will be far less stressful if you adopt the habit of arriving early – just in case.
For many, business travel means rubbery service-station sandwiches and nasty in-flight meals. With a little forward planning, it needn’t be that way. Get into the habit of keeping your home well stocked with bags of trail mix, fruit, and other healthy snacks. Not only will you save
money, you will eat far more healthy and enjoyable food while you’re on the road.
You really don’t need to take every electronic gadget you own on every trip. A one-day conference with a short journey time probably warrants little more than a smartphone, and if you use the right apps, you can still stay adequately in touch with your business. Don’t weight yourself down with gadgets just because you have them – think about what you will actually need for each trip, and then just make sure you have enough battery power!
If you travel internationally, call charges and data roaming costs can be truly extortionate. A little research time can pay huge dividends in reducing these costs. If, for example, you frequently travel to a specific country, having an unlocked cellphone and a local SIM card can save you a fortune.
On the return journey from a conference, you will often find yourself coincidentally travelling with fellow delegates. In some cases, this can prove a great networking opportunity and one that you shouldn’t pass up.
Sometimes, however, these new companions will take up your time with idle chitchat and prevent you from being productive during your travelling time, so take time to consider whether you want your “new friends” sitting with you. If not, make sure you separate yourself from the herd as soon as the conference concludes!