Business Travel: 5 Best Ways & Tips in the New Normal

5 Best Ways to Travel on Business

Here's how to make business travel hassle-free, profitable, and good for you and your company.

If you’re travelling on business for the first time or the hundredth, it can be a demanding but rewarding experience. With the new year approaching and travel restrictions changing around the world, it’s a very different experience travelling on business in 2022. Whether you’re going to a different country or just a new office branch, there are a few important things to remember. From mask-wearing rules to quarantine hotels and fuel efficiency, it’s worth paying extra attention to your travel plans. We take a look at the five best ways to travel on business, so your trip is hassle-free, profitable, and good for you and your company.

Also read: Travel After the COVID-19 Vaccine: 5 Key Things to Keep in Mind

1. Embrace your destination

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Whether you’re headed across the ocean or just across the district, there’s always something new to discover when you travel for business. Make sure to try local dishes, ask for recommendations, and see some sights while you’re away. If you’re travelling abroad, make sure you know a few local phrases to get by and read about your destination before you go to know any local customs or traditions you might encounter. If you’re looking for franchises to buy in the UK, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different locations and spend time getting to explore the local area to see what opportunities are out there. Even if you’re staying at home, look for the best up and coming restaurant, farmers market or weird museum to add some fun to your trip in your downtime.

2. Be aware of any COVID-19 precautions

Every business has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in multiple ways and many of us have been unable to travel for business for a long time. Before you set off, it’s important to be aware of the restrictions placed on the location you are travelling to — you might need to quarantine in a set hotel or provide proof of vaccination. As always, it’s important to keep as safe as possible, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing when necessary. Keep an eye on the news during your trip too to make sure nothing changes before your return trip. Restrictions may vary from state to state or province to province so check before you travel, especially if you’re going to a new country.

Also read: UK Travel Restrictions: All You Need to Know Before Visiting

3. Keep track of expenses

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Business travel expenses can be a headache for business owners and employees but there is a range of innovative ways you can keep track of your spending without the hassle. If you’re a business owner, consider prepaid travel cards for employees with automatic tracking. There are several apps available for calculating foreign exchange rates, fuel expenditure and more, so try and embrace new technology to make reporting easier than ever before. Make sure you have cash on you in the right currency, especially if you have any flight transfers or long waits.

Also read: 10 Smart Gadgets All Business Travellers Should Have

4. Allow room for delays

You never know what might happen when you’re travelling for work, whether you hit road works on the motorway or your plane is delayed due to bad weather. It’s a good idea to add some extra time around your travel plans in case of any delays or hold-ups. If you’re flying a long distance, make sure you give yourself enough time to recover for the flight too, before any big engagements. You will also need to have enough time for security checks, check-in procedures and potential COVID-19 testing so give yourself plenty of room for manoeuvre on travel days.

5. Book places to stay you like

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If you’re in charge of your travel arrangements, make sure you don’t leave it to the last minute and end up in a noisy hotel in the middle of nowhere. Look online for unique places to stay in the location or book somewhere that has been recommended by friends or coworkers. Having a good night’s sleep is important so you can perform at your very best during your trip, so do your research before booking somewhere to stay. Make sure your hotel has WiFi so you can connect with family and colleagues and look out for treats like a great breakfast buffet to make your trip that little bit more enjoyable. If you’re staying for a longer period, think about a serviced apartment so you have enough space to cook for yourself and feel at home.

Would you want to run a travel-related business?

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If you love to travel and can’t wait to start the new year with a few business trips, owning a franchise could be the perfect opportunity for you. From checking out different potential franchises to looking for new locations, business travel is one of the significant parts of investing in a franchise. So if investing in travel & leisure franchises in the UK is of interest to you, why not browse an online franchise directory today containing the best franchises.

About Author

Joel Bissit
Joel Bissit

Joel is an entrepreneur since the age of 19. Over his 31 year career, he has worked across many sectors. He always wanted to be an entrepreneur after reading about Sir Alan Sugar, Sir Richard Branson, and watching The Troubleshooter on TV with the late Sir John Harvey Jones.