Travelling for business sounds great.
It’s better than being stuck in an office, right?
While it certainly has its merits, travelling overseas for business can be a headache.
Between catching long haul flights, staying in hotels (even room service gets boring after a while!) and being away from home for extended periods of time, life on the road can be hard.
If you are a CEO or business owner and spend a lot of time travelling for business then we have some great tips to make your next trip a lot easier.
#1 Use An International SIM
Rather than being cut off from the world when not in a Wi-Fi zone or to avoid high data charges get an international SIM card.
These can be used in many countries so you don’t need to spend time looking for a local SIM and you can save up to 95% on data roaming costs.
#2 Get A Portable Wi-Fi Router
Business trips usually consist of spending hours on your laptop.
With a portable WiFi router you can connect several devices (smartphone, laptop or tablet) securely to the internet. It is a great way for business travellers to connect all their gadgets when on the road.
#3 Don’t Forget The Universal Power Adaptor
It sounds simple but how many times have you travelled for business only to find that you can’t charge your phone/laptop/tablet because you didn’t bring an adapter for different electrical sockets?
This should be one of the first things in your travel case. To make life even easier buy one that allows you to charge several devices at once.
#4 Type With A Mini Keyboard
Need to respond to an important email but typing on your smartphone is making it 10x harder?
A mini keyboard connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, is lightweight, and an effective way to respond to that email about a new business opportunity.
#5 Block Out The World With Noise Cancelling Headphones
Even CEOs need time out.
Between meetings, conferences and trying to sleep on the plane sometimes you just need to unwind. Noise cancelling headphones give you solitude in a noisy world and are perfect for relaxing with some music after a long day.
#6 Keep Organised With TripIt
You have 3 meetings in 3 different countries. This means you have 3 different hotels, 3 flights and a lot of local transport to keep on top of.
With TripIt everything is kept in the one place. Simply forward your confirmation emails and it will create an itinerary with reference numbers, directions and even lets you locate alternative flights.
#7 Avoid Data Bills With a Global WiFi Pass
Want to avoid roaming even with the international SIM we mentioned earlier?
A global Wi-Fi pass means you don’t have to worry about roaming charges at all. Access over 57 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 120 countries. Don’t miss out on those important emails or notifications just because you don’t want to use your data.
#8 Use an app to manage expenses
Business travel can be a great experience but it is expensive.
Make sure you don’t leave yourself out of pocket. There are expenses apps like Expensify that track your receipts, hotels, flights and rental car expenses and sends them back to your finance department so you aren’t paying for that 3 course lunch with a prospective business partner with your own money. You can take a photo of all he receipts and send your expenses to your accounts department as soon as you land in your home country.
Travelling for business can reap great rewards but it is also exhausting. Make your life a lot easier by using these gadgets and apps to not only continue working on the road but to keep everything organised as well.