Business Travel

 

Legality and Forms

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Forgetting legal documents and credentials on a business trip can be stressful, embarrassing, and unprofessional. Always be legally prepared for every trip.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I need a Visa?
  • What type of Visa should I get?
  • Has my passport expired?
  • What are the legal documentation requirements specific to the country I'm traveling to?

Also be sure to include any legal documents in your packing list so you don't accidentally forget.

Find out more about the legal documents you might need before your business trip:

 

Packing Essentials

Packing Essentials-2.pngThe items you pack in your suitcase can either make or break your business trip. No matter how long your trip is, from few days to several weeks, forgetting essentials like a phone charger can create a stressful experience.

With some expert packing advice and a list to keep you organized, you'll be better prepared for any business trip.

Here are some items to include in your business travel packing list:

  • Passport and other legal documents
  • Business attire
  • Laptop w/ charger
  • Toiletries
  • Business cards
  • Phone w/ charger
  • Medications

Check out the links below for more packing tips.

Travel Opportunities 

Travel Deals Icon FOSHO.pngAlthough business trips can be time consuming with work, it's important to step away for awhile and explore the country.

Visit coffee shops, restaurants, landmarks, and local events and get the most out of your business trip!

Consider downloading Yelp—a social media app that publishes customers' reviews for different restaurants and businesses—to help with your search. Find the best rated places to visit for your area of interest!

Not only should you take advantage of your location, but you should also consider joining a frequent-flyer program to reap even more rewards, especially if you travel regularly for business.

Watch those flyer miles add up and in no time you'll be able to take a trip of your own, work-free and on your own schedule.

Public Transportation

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Taking a train or bus is a great way to immerse yourself into another culture while saving money on a business trip.

However, traveling within a foreign country can be confusing at first. Complex subway systems and unknown bus schedules can make it tempting to spend extra money on a cab or a rental car.

Although there's nothing wrong with that, taxis and rental cars take away from experiencing another culture and can cost you more money.

Consider taking a little extra time learning about the public transportation available before opting out with rental cars and taxis.

Subways, buses, and trains can also be an efficient and cheap way to visit other parts of the country  during your free time!

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Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness 2.pngClear communication is a key component to any successful business trip.

However, what happens when you accidentally offend the CEO of an international company with a common gesture without realizing what you're doing is socially offensive?

Being culturally aware can prevent miscommunications and embarrassing situations from occurring. Knowing a foreign language can also help bridge the gap between people over different cultures, especially if they do not speak.

However, there are other things to consider like body language and cultural taboos before venturing overseas.

Here are some common things to prepare yourself for:

  • Rules/ laws of country
  • Taboos of a society
  • Appropriate hand gestures
  • Native words and slang meanings
  • Social norms

Proactive Health/Safety

Health and Safety .pngNo one likes taking a sick day, especially while traveling for business. It wastes time, opportunities, and money. From food poisoning to the flu, traveling abroad opens you up to a lot of medical issues you're body is not ready protect itself against.

Not only can health issues hinder your business trip. Dangerous activities within a country can also pose a threat to a successful trip. Knowing which countries have high risk factors and how to stay safe can help protect yourself. 

Here are a few proactive questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I need specific vaccines before traveling?
  • Are there any disease outbreaks?
  • What food should I stay away from?
  • What would happen if I needed to go to the hospital?
  • Is the country's government currently stable?
  • What social factors are creating friction within the country?

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