The upcoming Winter holidays are parallel with an increase in flight traffic because of people working abroad going back home to spend time with their family and winter holiday-goers. Unlike the aforementioned, as a business traveller, you are probably not in the same category and it is business as usual. To help overcome and ease the upcoming holidays, there are a couple of tips that are useful for you to keep in mind before leaving.

1 Early Arrival

Arrive extra early at the airport to avoid any delay or missed flights in case that it is too crowded. Try to manoeuvre your trip in a way that prevents you from getting caught in the crowded airport and afterwards showing up unprepared and unfocused to your meeting or conference. If you don’t know the airport well, check the airport’s website for the layout so you can easily manoeuvre your way to your gate.

2 Jetlag

If you are travelling to a distant place with a large time difference, you don’t want to travel all the way and show up at your appointment with jetlag. That is why, if there is a big-time difference, adjusting to the time zone of the country you are visiting before your travel can help avoid this. If you’d like to read more about how to reduce or avoid jetlag, read our blog that offers 5 tips to reduce jetlag.

3 E-mails

Answering e-mails is a time-consuming undertaking, to make sure you have to deal with this as less as possible during your trip and when you arrive, try to clear out your inbox as much as possible before departure and set it on automated response to inform about your (limited) availability.

4 Weather circumstances

Check the weather and the airport’s website for the day you are going in advance. If there are going to be conditions that may cause a delay, you should check this to avoid spending too much time in the crowded airport. And remember to notify the colleagues that you’re bout to meet in case of any delays.

 

5 Pack your essentials

If you only bring a carry-on, then you won’t have to check-in your luggage which usually has a long queue.  Instead of waiting endlessly on your luggage after landing, try to take only your essentials in a carry-on to prevent unnecessary stress that comes with waiting too long at the baggage claim. If you only bring a carry-on, pay attention to the hand baggage rules to make sure that the security checks proceed swiftly.

6 Check-in online

Every airline provides online check-in possibilities usually from around an hour before your flight up to 24 hours or more. By checking in online you can save yourself the annoyance of waiting in the long line at the airport check-in.

In short, business travel during the holidays might be a bit more hectic than usual. There is more to consider before your trip and not doing so might lead to an unpleasant chain of events and ruin it. Which is why we have outlined six items that are vital to remember. Arrive early to avoid any possible delays or missed flights, keep jetlag in mind if there is a big-time difference, try to clear out your inbox before you go and install an automated message, check the weather conditions and the airport’s website, don’t overpack and check-in online to prevent a long waiting line.

You could say that the most important part of business travel during the holidays is good preparation.  Is there anything you think we missed and would like to share about your business trip during the holidays? Feel free to comment about it below!

 

By Selçuk Salman

 

Sources:

Jen O’Neal, Entrepreneur.com, 2017

John DiScala, Inc.com, 2018