Business travel is on the rise with many more people now travelling overseas to visit clients, suppliers and colleagues all over the world.. Whilst technology such as video conferencing has been instrumental in helping international businesses keep in contact, it still remains a far more beneficial and personal experience to meet face to face. This often means business trips to faraway destinations often booked using a Travel Management Company.
With this in mind, here are 5 tips to make your time out of the office worthwhile and enhance your next business trip…
If you manage to get any spare time away from meetings (“Bleisure” time ) for exploring, make sure you use it to take in the local culture and experience the sights. Always ensure you conduct research beforehand helping you to visit the most popular locations such as landmarks or exciting points of interest getting you the most out of your exploration time. Alternatively, if you are short of time see if the city you are visiting has a ‘hop on, hop off’ sightseeing bus, which is a great way of seeing all of the main tourist attractions in one go.
Try out the local cuisine! If you're feeling adventurous why not try the country you are visiting's national dish. From “Escargot” to “Goulash” there will be a wide array of interesting dishes to try. Using an app such as Zomato can help you to find local restaurants when abroad. Eating locally rather than in your hotel gives an authentic element to your trip away from the international offices and business meetings making your business travel experience even more enjoyable.
Make sure you learn some of the local dialect in advance of your trip. Learning a few words, especially the basic greetings and please and thank-you show that you have made the effort to understand the language of the country you are visiting. Always brush up in advance of your trip to also understand business and social etiquette to avoid any faux pas during meetings or social gatherings. .
#4 Grow your network
Put the word out before you travel and let people know where you are heading. Use your social media network to communicate your whereabouts and organise addition meetings around your primary one. You could always research if there are any networking events you could possibly attend whilst visiting.
Make your business travel experience an adventure, whether you're a new or experienced business traveller hopefully these tips will help you benefit for your future travel plans. If you have any tips for boosting your corporate travel experience then we would love to hear from you! Just leave a comment in the box below...