Do you find yourself traveling regularly for business? Are you hoping to do so in a more efficient manner in the future?
Like many, you may find yourself on the road every now and again. As you travel for business, it’s important that you make (or try to make) all the right decisions along the way.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. There are many common business travel mistakes, many of which can throw you for a curve while you’re away from the office.
Here are several mistakes that you don’t want to make in the future:
1. Waiting Too Long to Book Your Travel
It’s not always possible to book your travel arrangements far in advance, but you should definitely attempt to do so.
There are many benefits of this, including the fact that you’re in a position to get the best deal on everything from airline tickets to hotels. Additionally, this will put your mind at ease, as you’ll know that every aspect of your trip has been planned.
2. The Wrong Hotel
Regardless of the city, you’re visiting, it’s likely that you’ll have access to a variety of hotels.
For example, there are airport hotels and downtown hotels. And of course, there are many others on the outskirt of the city.
Make your decision based on your budget and plans for traveling throughout the area. For instance, if most of your meetings are downtown, you’ll want to stay in a downtown hotel. By taking this approach, you may be able to walk to and from your meetings, thus saving you time and money (no need for a rental car).
Tip: use the internet to learn more about every hotel in a particular area. From rates to features to reviews, you’ll find everything you’re looking for.
3. Renting a Car When You Don’t Need One
Once you book your airline ticket and hotel, it’s only natural to turn your attention to a rental car. This may be something you need, but don’t assume that this is the case.
As noted above, you may be able to book a hotel that is in close proximity to the location of your meeting(s). If you don’t have any other need for transportation, you may be able to use your two feet to get around.
Tip: book a hotel with a shuttle service. This makes it easier to get back and forth from the hotel and airport.
4. Rush, Rush, Rush
You should always strive to leave yourself additional time when traveling.
For example, don’t leave late for the airport, especially in a city that you’ve never visited in the past. Doing so will put you in a rush, which often leads to additional mistakes.
As a general rule of thumb, always leave yourself extra time when traveling for business. The last thing you want to do is miss a flight or show up late for an important meeting.
5. Neglecting Your Body
It can be a challenge to eat right when traveling. It can also be a challenge to workout when you’re away from home.
While it may not be easy, it’s something you need to do. If you treat your body poorly while you’re on the road, it can be a challenge to work at peak performance.
One of the best ways to avoid trouble in this area is to book a hotel with at least one restaurant and an on-site gym. When you do this, you’ll always have a place to go for a bite to eat and a good workout.
Tip: most hotels that cater to business travelers offer dining options and a workout room. Just make sure you check on this before booking your stay.
6. Take Personal Time
You know your goals when traveling for business. You should work hard to reach these goals, as this will allow you to consider your trip a success.
However, there is nothing wrong with taking personal time when traveling for business. For example, if you have time after all your meetings are complete for the day, you can explore the city. This can mean anything from taking in a sporting event to checking out a local museum.
As long as you get your work done, there is nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun as well.
Learn from the Past
It goes without saying that you’ve made some mistakes in the past. For example, maybe you booked the wrong hotel or missed your flight because you got stuck in traffic.
Bad things will happen when you travel a lot. It’s the way that you deal with these situations that matter most.
You can learn something from every trip you take, both good and bad. With this in mind, review your last few business trips to get a better idea of what you did right and what you can do better in the future.
So, there you have it. These common business travel mistakes have plagued many people before you. Who knows, you may have fallen prey to one or more of these at some point yourself.
Fortunately, you can change your approach in the future to avoid the same (or similar) challenges.
What do you think about these business travel mistakes? Have you been able to avoid these in the past, or have they slowed you down at some point? Would you add any other common mistakes to the list? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.