Unlike going on a holiday, business travel is all about how much productivity you can squeeze into a limited amount of time. No matter how well you have planned, even the most seasoned road warriors run into hurdles on their business trips.
From long airport queues and language barriers to adjusting your body clock to different time zones or eating unfamiliar food, these minor inconveniences have simple solutions:
Airport Security & Flight Delays
Delayed flights and rigorous security checks are consistently among the most significant pain points for business travellers. Security protocol adjustments and shifting flight schedules make it difficult for travellers to keep up with the changes.
There’s an app for that! CheckMyTrip is a real-time operating app, and it comes with features like security guidelines, wait-time estimates, and information on flight delays. Download it to your phone before you go.
Adjusting to Different Time Zones
Our bodies work on a 24-hour internal clock and are naturally programmed to do a number of things throughout this period, like eating and sleeping. These inbuilt routines are circadian rhythms, and when we fly across time zones, they are thrown into disarray, causing jet lag.
So, how can you adjust to new time zones more efficiently and help your body cope with the effects of long-haul flights? We wrote a whole blog about beating jet lag, here.
It is only human to forget to take a prescription, let alone refill it. However, added to the situation of being in a new city, away from your usual pharmacy, and you have a recipe for unnecessary stress.
Before you leave, ensure that your prescription has been refilled and ask your pharmacist for a copy of your script. Should you find yourself without your necessary medication, you can present your script to a pharmacist in your host city to receive enough of your medicine to get you through your trip and back home.
Losing Your Luggage
Lost luggage happens. If you have arrived in your destination only to find your luggage hasn’t, it’s best to report your missing items immediately. Ask the airline to provide you with a baggage reference number so that your luggage can be traced. They will also be able to give you an estimated time of arrival, so that you know when to expect your luggage. If you discover that certain items have been stolen from your luggage, you must report these for insurance purposes.
Sometimes, in the interest of time, you are forced to restock on clothes and other supplies at your new destination. Check your travel insurance before you leave to ensure that your policy covers mishaps such as these. Need more travel tips? Contact Thompsons Travel today.