While travelling frequently for work may sound exciting, it can also be quite stressful. The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) have come up with eight tips on reducing business travel stress. Below are their tips and additional suggestions from me to help you arrive calm and in a productive frame of mind.
Select a Conveniently Located Hotel
I like to stay at a hotel within a 30 minute walk to the meeting/event which I’m attending. This helps me ensure that I arrive on time, as I’m not having to traverse a city at rush hour.
Make Time to Relax and Exercise
I’ve enjoyed leisure time in swimming pools and spas at hotels. As I’m not a fan of gyms, I try to book a hotel which is close to a park to go for a walk, or even sit outside to work if the weather’s good.
Create a Travel Checklist
I’m already a list convert. ticking off the items on my list as I pack to ensure that I don’t forget to take anything with me.
Pre-book Your Taxi
Knowing that there is a taxi waiting to whisk you to your final destination can be reassuring, especially after a long journey. The last couple of times I’ve booked taxi transfers from the airport, I arranged them through reception at the hotel at which I was staying. I thought this was safer than pre-booking on an unfamilair website or waiting in a long queue at the airport.
Check That Your Hotel Offers Free WiFi
I always try to book at hotel which offers free WiFi. However, I also like to have the backup of mobile broadband just in case there are any problems with the hotel WiFi. This also has the advantage that I can get online when I’m out and about. As most of my travel is in Europe, I use Vodafone’s EuroTraveller, where I pay £3 a day to use my UK plan abroad.
Take Spare Clothing and Toiletries in a Carry On Bag
When flying I generally travel with only a carry on bag. If I do check in hold luggage, I prefer to take my toiletries in my carry on bag in case of leakage. I also take a capsule wardrobe on board with me, just in case my suitcase goes astray. I find that these tubes of milk served with tea and coffee are very hard to open without squirting the contents all over yourself, so a spare top may well be required.
Ensure Your Business Travel Wallet is Well Stocked
I think this is one where we ladies have a head start on the guys as most of us routinely carry all sorts of handy items such as wet wipes, plasters and painkillers in our handbags.
Keep on Top of Expenses and Bills
One of the first things I do upon returning home from a business trip is to pull together all my receipts and work out my expenses. IHG offer a handy secure online account management system for business travel which avoids so much faffing about with paper receipts.
This article is brought to you in association with IHG Business Advantage.