Less is more, especially with business travel. Travelling for business is down from just a few years ago. This means that business travellers need to be more resourceful. They will need to plan trips to get the most for their money. After all, it is on their company’s dime.
The business travel prediction is for smarter travel, combined with airline and hotel costs and more options for greener travel. Fewer checked bags due to the higher cost make it time to consider simpler packing strategies.
Travelling Less: Even for the business traveller, there’s no place like home.
Many companies are limiting their travel budgets, so you might be staying put to save money. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get to your clients another way. With technology taking off the way it is, video conference is one of the best way to connect with clients. It allows you to see and interact with your clients in real time. Web cams work well for internal meetings. Web conferencing has made it easy to talk with clients or business partners and share documents, brainstorm, make presentations, and run software.
Travelling Greener: You can help the planet even though you are travelling for business.
Flying non-stop can be more environmentally friendly than having stop-overs. Think about taking more efficient forms of transportation, like trains or a business-oriented bus line. Once you have arrived at your destination, use public transportation or share a taxi ride with someone. Make sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Don’t forget your “eco-manners”, either. Just because you’re staying in a hotel doesn’t mean you can’t reuse the towels, take shorter showers and turn the lights off. All of this adds up.
Harder Flying and Easier Over-nights
A recent survey showed that airline fares will increase 4% to 6% in 2011, after a decline of 7% in 2010. Hotels will still offer low occupancy rates. This means business travellers can expect slightly higher airfares and less empty seats when they travel, but will find better deals when they’re looking for a hotel.
Save money by planning business trips well in advance and book your flights early to avoid last minute price hikes.
With budgets tight and an uncertain economy, it’s important for business travellers to give a break to their company’s travel budget. Smarter business trips begin with advanced planning.
- Make the most of your visits by using GPS or Google Maps to plan the best routes.
- Keep track of all of your business expenses.
- Buy a universal charger that works for phones, iPods, cameras and other gadgets.
- Fly economy, not business class.
- Plan your travel stops back-to-back instead of flying home in between.
With fees for extra bags, new security screenings, and more crowded planes, it’s crucial to pack light. If you travel a lot, make a list of what you will need, that way you aren’t grabbing things at the last minute and putting extra weight in your bag. Check it twice and take only those things you know you have to have.
Using these helpful tips when travelling for business will make your trip that much easier and less stressful.