Travel Compliance for Business Travelers: Why an effective Travel Compliance method is important for Multinationals as well as Business Travellers

You are about to embark on an exciting journey to work for your company abroad, something that you will have to keep into account is the type of travel compliance policy your company employs. These are the things that you should take into account when dealing with Travel Compliances and what it means for an employee or employer.

Travel compliance is an agreement multinational companies have to take into consideration when sending employees abroad, such as regulations of the host country and policies the company itself has in place. Not all companies employ the same methods regarding their Travel Compliance, but all of them are in place to make sure spending does not exceed reasonable amounts and laws and regulations are taken into account- while providing professionals with comfortable accommodations when working abroad.

Why do companies bring over or send employees abroad?

One could argue that there is no need to move employees around from one place to another, because why not just hire someone that already lives there? In most cases, this is not attractive for companies if there is a certain type of expertise needed which they cannot find in the country they operate. It would be much more effective to rely on an employee that has a track record and familiarity with the company.

There are various risks involved for business travellers and companies when the regulations of a host country are not taken into account, what are these risks exactly?

For the company

  • Fines
  • Not being able to apply for new working permits
  • In rare cases civil/criminal action

For employees

  • Entry denied to the country
  • Fine(s)
  • Incarceration

Apart from the external risks companies and employees are exposed to when not carefully handling their papers- there are policies set by Multinationals to ensure employees travelling to work abroad do not spend excessive amounts of money. Of course, a multinational is not going to monitor an employees’ every move while this person is abroad, as this would not only breach their privacy but also create a hostile working environment. Instead, companies choose to set certain policies and methods in place to ensure employees do not exceed the set budget- these methods are never able to control expenses entirely, making acting in good faith on both sides imperative.

Expense management is a vital aspect of travel compliance, but what type of methods and processes can multinationals put in place?

  • Automation: By having a monitoring system in place to see what type of expenses are made, a red flag can indicate which expenses are of the highest importance.
  • Process optimization: Along with automation optimizing the processes that go along with detecting certain expenses are important, by automatically searching for the largest expenses it would be possible to avoid looking at all of them individually, instead, focusing on the most important ones.
  • Expense reports: By examining expense reports of an employee over a longer period it would be possible to see whether this person has a predisposition to spend excessively.
  • Comparing Employees: Aside from individual expense reports it is also effective to compare employees with each other to see if one of them spends more than the other while keeping relative measures into account.
  • Resolution Workflow: By assigning certain names for the cases in which excessive spending has been made, it would be possible to categorize them, thereafter it would be possible to see which ones are a recurring problem and give employees training to prevent it in the future.
  • Expense report data mine: By storing cases of excessive spending it would be possible to have useful information for other methods such as comparing employee expenses and having a centralized system possible.
  • Comprehensive Centralized System: By combining several types of information that can be gathered a centralized system will enable it to effectively deal with information.

Overall, it can be said that Travel Compliance is something that will be increasingly important in the future, parallel to the rising amount of Business Travellers. For companies, this means managing expenses properly and employees should be well informed about what type of expenses they are allowed to make.

 

Short Stay Citizens

If you’re in need of serviced apartments, use Short Stay Citizens to relieve you from the accommodation compliance. Short Stay Citizens work with professional serviced apartment providers to ensure industry recognised compliance standards.

 

 

By Selçuk Salman

 

Sources:

Visa Traveler, 2019 

The Accidental Expat, Baker McKenzie

Corporate Compliance Insights, 2016


Make a Big Impact with a Small Commitment

As a global nomad or a business traveller that is always on the road, it is difficult to find time to maintain a healthy work-life balance and simultaneously give back to the community. Most of the charity projects require quite long-time commitment since the usual duration of projects can vary from 2 and up to 4 weeks of consistent dedication. To avoid the registration hassle and high sign-up fees, consider opportunities for an amazing concept: micro-volunteering.

Micro-volunteering offers opportunities that are cost-free and have little to no commitment. It allows volunteers to contribute to various causes on the spot and there are no commitment boundaries.

The demand for flexible short-term volunteering opportunities is on the rise because more and more people are leading a busy, unpredictable and global-nomadic lifestyle. During your work travels, micro-volunteering would be a great opportunity to explore the neighbourhood, community and culture. It offers great flexibility and a chance to explore various volunteer projects to discover what you like best. A great way to get involved would be volunteering at a local homeless shelter, food bank or any other local community centres. In the Netherlands, there is a platform NL Voor Elkaar which provides various volunteering options that are possible for one time only volunteering experience. The concept of micro-volunteering is known world-wide and there are other platforms that promote various causes such as Speed Volunteer in London or Cause Corps with various short-term volunteering openings all around the world.

What makes this concept even more special, is the fact that it is also possible to help the world online. For instance, an online volunteering act would be online sponsorship, crowdfunding, providing feedback, filling in a survey and much more. It requires minimum effort, however every small contribution matters.

No matter the setting, everyone should explore volunteering opportunities that the world is offering. Remember, each contribution counts and it will definitely make a difference!

Are you planning your next business or leisure trip? Contact Short Stay Citizens and reserve your next accommodation with us! Need additional information about any accommodation location? Contact us and we’ll be glad to help you!

 

By Polina Zavyalova

Sources :

Charlotte Jones, The Guardian

Anna Patton, Mission Box

 


Cultural Differences while Travelling

In the beginning, travelling abroad and leaving a familiar place behind seems to be scary, but then the excitement of unknown kicks in. This new sense of energy gives you the illusion that you are invincible. However, do not let this feeling cloud your judgement! What may seem normal to you, can be completely out of the ordinary to others- especially to people from different cultural backgrounds. Here are some tips on how to be respectful while travelling.

Hand gestures 

We’ve all been there, making weird signs and miming short sentences as if we are playing charades. Hand gestures always come in handy when you are visiting a new country or a city where a language barrier is present. This non-verbal communication might not be so precise, but it will still get your message across. Only, it is important to note that most cultures embrace different meanings and symbolism to gestures. An innocent gesture like scratching your chin can deeply offend an Italian. Another misinterpretation would be the ‘V’ sign that is expressed by most countries with a palm faced either outwards or inwards which indicates peace or victory. Conversely, if the palm is faced inwards it could be offensive to an Australian and a Brit since this gesture is equivalent to a middle finger. In Brazil, tapping under your jaw means: ‘It’s not true, just gossip’, whereas an Eastern European would interpret this gesture as: ‘Let’s get a drink’. Therefore, before visiting a new country, study the culture briefly and remember the basic facts with useful tips.

Personal space

How close is too close or too far to be considered rude? The concept of personal space is dependent on the country and the relationship you have with the person. Based on a conducted study by the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, residents of Argentina, Peru and Bulgaria stand the closest to strangers. On the other hand, Romania, Hungary and Saudi Arabia keep the most distance to keep their ‘personal bubble’ intact. Nevertheless, this all changes based on a type of relationship you have with a resident of the country. The closer the relationship, the smaller the personal bubble. So before you get tensed up about the amount of space between you and the other person, think of their cultural background and the type of relationship you have with them.

Tips to keep in mind

  1. Gum-free Since the 1990s, Singapore is a gum-free zone, unless it is used for medical reasons. It is permitted to bring two packs per person, violation of this regulation can result in a one-year prison sentence and a $5,500 fine.
  2. Eating with a cap. In Southern Europe, it is considered rude to eat with a cap/hat on indoors.
  3. Toilet regulations. Toilets come in different forms around the world. In Western cultures it is normal to sit on the toilet seat, however, in several countries such as in Japan and the Middle East, it is a norm to squat on the toilet seat. Moreover, in countries like in Africa, South America and Asia it is not common to flush toilet paper down the toilet.
  4. Drinking. In an Eastern European household, your drink (especially alcoholic beverages) would be automatically refilled by the host. It is considered rude to leave your guest with an empty glass.
  5. Tipping. Each country has its own regulation regarding tipping, usually, 10% is expected when it comes to restaurant service. However, some restaurants automatically include a fee to the bill. In Italy, this is indicated by coperto or servizio.
  6. Saying hello. For some countries just saying the word hello, is not enough for a greeting. The French and Italians follow up a greeting with two kisses on the cheek, whereas the Dutch do it with three. Other forms of saying hello around the world would be bowing, sticking your tongue out, handshake etc.
  7. Punctuality. Germans are not the only ones that value punctuality. Some cultures consider tardiness a sign of disrespect. However, in some countries like China, arriving within 10 to 15 minutes before the agreed time is considered acceptable. Whereas, in most of Latin, African and Middle Eastern countries, showing up late is considered to be normal and quite common.

Final tip

While travelling, be open-minded, try to learn a thing or two and embrace every culture. Nowadays, the world is extremely integrated and therefore there should not be any culture that is superior to others. Remember these tips, especially when going abroad for business purposes… You do not want to mess up your negotiations.

 

By Polina Zavyalova

Sources:

Herrine Ro, Business Insider

Rebecca Winke, CiuItaly

Carla, Opodo

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa, SocialMettle

 

 

 


8 Emerging Business Cities

The never-changing list of important business cities has been dominated by global icons like New York, London and Paris for years. While they are certainly not anywhere near giving up their position as financial leaders, there are some contending cities out there who are working on developing themselves to become business cities. Not surprisingly, most of the cities are located in Asia.

Shenzhen, China

Located near Hong Kong, this Chinese city has more than 11 million inhabitants. While you may have never heard of it, the city is definitely booming. Called the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shenzhen produces most of the electronic devices in the world. It is the home of IT giant Huawei, and chances are the iPhone you’ve been using has been assembled in factories in Shenzhen. The city is working hard to become a strategic location for technology, and we will certainly hear more about it in the future.

 

Beijing, China

The famous capital of China is home to more than 20 million people. For China to become a world player, the business climate must be easily accessible. Hence the recently enforced regulations by the government to advance the business climate in the city. In the West, China is known as the secretive, perhaps even an isolated country, but China itself is working on developing its business and aiming for leadership. And what city could better serve as the starting point for development and leadership than the capital?

Seoul, South-Korea

The birthplace of tech giant Samsung, South-Korea, has the fourth largest economy of Asia and is only surpassed by China, Japan and India. Its capital, Seoul, has over 9 million inhabitants. While not as well-known as cities like Tokyo or Hong Kong, Seoul has a lot to offer. Many famous companies have their headquarters in Seoul, like Hyundai, LG, and KIA. The citizens of Seoul are used to being among the first users of newly developed technology and have access to many technological resources. Seoul is definitely a city to watch.

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, is the wealthiest emirate in the UAE. The government of the UAE is aiming its attention to improving the business climate and making it more attractive for investors. Just like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is home to very luxurious hotels, apartments and affluent residents. The Emirates pride themselves for having a fairly stable, safe and wealthy country in a not so stable region.

Sao Paolo, Brazil

Sao Paolo is home to over 12 million people and is the biggest city in Brazil. Sao Paolo is the most innovative city of the country and is respected for its technological advances and its performance in the agriculture sector (Secretaria de Relações Internacionais, 2019). Major international companies are based in Sao Paolo, varying from financial companies to IT and other sectors. The Port of Santos is the biggest harbour in South-America. Sao Paolo has a lot of potentials and is already established as a major business city in its own region.

Tokyo, Japan

With a population of 13 million people, the ever-vibrant capital of Japan definitely deserves a spot on this list. Did you know that Tokyo is home to over 600 companies surpassing New York and London? (Sawe, 2018). This includes hugely successful, multinational (Japanese) companies, like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Sony, Toshiba and Mitsubishi. Tokyo is known for its excellent schools and institutions, but also for its exceptional IT industry (Invest Tokyo, sd). Not only that, Japanese customers expect goods to exceed their expectations, so improvement is key, making research important to the country.

Doha, Qatar

Doha is the capital of the wealthiest country in the world, Qatar. With a population of only 2.6 million, of which 900.000 live in Doha, the small, but immensely rich country, has access to many oil reserves and natural gas. 99% of the population live in cities, and, fun fact, Qatar does not have forests! Oil was not discovered in Qatar until 1939, after which it became the main source of income (BBC, 2018). Did you know that Qatar used to be a British protectorate? Qatar actually gained independence in 1971, not so long ago. Doha is the economic heart of the country, and the government is investing heavily to make the non-oil sectors also attractive to investors.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

There’s more to Dubai than just the Burj Al Arab and the popular shopping malls. In fact, Dubai wants to become a global leader. The second biggest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, only surpassed by Abu Dhabi, is home to over 2 million people and prides itself for its great infrastructure, its excellent business environment, and its research facilities. It turns out that Dubai is not just the city of perfect Instagram pictures and excellent retail therapy.

 

By Melisa Kirdi

 

Sources

Lin, 2018

Bajpai, 2019

Downey, 2012

Workman, 2018

Invest in Tokyo

Smith, 2017

 

 


Why Expensive Luggage Is Worth Buying

When you frequently travel for a living, the last thing you want is to stress about your luggage, as travelling can be quite stressful on its own. By investing in quality luggage, you avoid the risk of it breaking down during the worst possible time and it also facilitates you during check-up points. Allowing you to have a stress-free and pleasant journey.

Here is why you should always invest more in high-quality luggage to help you be organised and give you peace of mind during your (business) travels.

There is no substitute for Quality 

Samsonite Omni PC Spinner

High-quality luggage has an extremely light and tough luggage design with a lot of benefits to offer. One of the major benefits is the protection and security of your belongings. High-quality luggage will provide better resistance as they are equipped to endure the inevitable impact of travel and luggage handling during your many trips. Whereas, traditional luggage is not properly equipped and almost always bring issues along with it, which you usually find out after a couple of trips. The new generation of luggage is stronger, lighter and thinner than ever before. This is because they are made with stronger materials such as Tegris. This is because they are made with a new stronger material called Tegris. This is a thermoplastic material used in race cars and NFL helmets since it is very light and impact resistant. Their strength makes them more secure and durable. On top of that, the usage of thinner materials allows these new generation suitcases to maximize the inner space of the suitcase.

The protection and security a high-quality suitcase has to offer are priceless. They allow you to have peace of mind during your journey and you can rest assured that your fragile items such as a laptop or iPad are going to arrive intact. Allowing you to proceed to your meetings or presentations without any unpleasant surprises.

The ease of moving through Airports and Train stations

Another major benefit that high-quality luggage will provide you with, is the ease of travelling. It will make your journey easier and much smoother rather than taking up all your energy from dragging traditional luggage around. You want luggage that is easy to manoeuvre instead of luggage that will give you trouble going through narrow passageways. You want to avoid spending too much energy manoeuvring your luggage through complex passageways, especially through airports and trains stations. High-quality luggage, in contrast, is designed in such a way that allows you to move seamlessly through airports and train stations.

Time-saving and fewer risks

One key element that you must consider when choosing your next luggage is its size. Cabin size luggage designs are highly practical for travelling by train but especially by plane. Because you don’t have to check it in, you spend less time waiting and more time moving. This is convenient if you are running late. Furthermore, you avoid waiting if there are any delays with the luggage. Another advantage of not checking your luggage in is that your luggage won’t get lost by the airline. Which let’s face it, it’s the worst.

Special Compartments 

Samsonite Pro 4 DLX Vertical Spinner Mobile Office

High-quality luggage offers you divided compartments to facilitate a good organisation and storage for your clothes, toiletries and your tech supplies in one bag. Such divided compartments include zippered dividers, packing cubes, pockets or other types divider.

Best Carry-on Luggage for Business Travelling

We have taken the time to look up the best carry-on luggage out there for you. Here is a top-five list of the best carry-on luggage for business travelling according to Aslam S. from Omnicore Agency. The list is compiled in view of crucial factors such as comfort, durability, safety, and value.

  • Samsonite Omni PC Hardside
  • Victorinox Luggage Avolve 2 22
  • Merax Travel house Luggage 3-Piece Expandable Spinner Set
  • Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside 21’’Spinner
  • Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 3 22’’ Expandable Rollaboard

 

In short, as someone who travels a lot for a living you want to make your travels are as efficient and pleasant as possible. Having a high-quality suitcase or carry-on can help in achieving this. It secures your belongings, has perfect compartments and doesn’t compromise the inside space.  Furthermore, high-quality luggage is designed to allow you to travel smooth and effortlessly through airports and trains stations.

 

By Anthony Rasmijn

 

Source

Aslam, S. (2019) – Omnicore Agency

Green, D. (2016). -Business Insider 

 


How to choose a good restaurant when you're travelling

As a global traveller, you are continuous going to new places, learning new languages and cultures. It is part of the travelling journey. What is more exciting is that you get to enjoy the local cuisine! Therefore, it is always important to do some internet research or make use of apps that help you choose your choice of the day. This will minimise your chances of ending up in a regrettable situation.

Ask a local 

Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure, or both..travelling is a journey. You start your morning with the usual, breakfast and coffee. Later, you don’t know where to eat and the hotel buffet just doesn’t look appetising enough. What do you do? You ask a local! Ask your concierge at the aparthotel you’re staying at, ask the serviced apartment host, ask the cab driver..ask, anyone! Ask where to go to experience the local cuisine or where the best restaurants are. Engage with the locals to have a better experience!

Before you go ahead and decide what to eat later in the evening, check websites or apps like Tripadvisor, Yelp and Foursquare. These websites have many selections of cuisine choice and many reviews. This will help you save time and unpleasant experiences.

 

Zomato app

Plan ahead 

An extra tip is to use restaurant apps. Top 3 restaurants application that you need to download and is free are Open table, Tastefull and Zomato. These apps have many hidden and very useful perks. You can search for your restaurant and the menu is available for your selection of taste. The apps work in all major tourist destinations.

 

 

Ben Thanh

Street Food Market 

Always ask locals if they have a street food market where you’re staying at. You’ll be surprised to see what they have in store for you! From local fresh fruits to freshly baked bread, spices and herbs, and stalls that cook the food right in front of you! You pay less and you can taste so many different cuisines. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

 

PS. Tips for tips

Okay, you found an amazing restaurant and the bill comes..now what? Back at home, you know everything. You know the restaurant, the people, where to go and what to tip. It is different when you go abroad. Not all around the world uses the “tipping” system. For example, in some countries, the tip is known as a service charge and is already added to the bill. And in other countries, it’s not added automatically, some require you to leave between 10% to 15% of the bill. If you don’t know, search online, or just ask the waiter, politely, how it works here.

 

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

 Travelling to new places becomes a new journey and a new life experience for you. It can be the food, the language, the religion and the people you meet along the way. You can enjoy the best coffee prepared by the lovely barista, a delightful wine tasting course or an amazing dinner served by the polite waitress. All these experiences become your memories. Do a little online research, engage with the locals and enjoy the journey.

 

By: Corina Ng Wu

 

Reference:

(Travel Stack Exchange, 2018)

(Durack, 2015)


EyeForTravel Amsterdam 28-29 November 2018

With the great success of the EyeForTravel Europe summit in June 2018, the next conference now will be held at the Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, in the capital of the Netherlands. The purpose of the EyeForTravel Amsterdam, held on the 28th and 29th November, is to discuss the European travel trends of the last two quarters of this year and inform about next year’s trends, which will be focused on “the next generation of data, technology, payments and distribution in travel”, as mentioned by EyeForTravel. There will be plenty of time to network with over 300 attendees and to consider new partnerships before entering the new year. As the EyeForTravel Amsterdam 2018 event date is in a few days, we will give you an overview of what to expect.


Who is this event for?

This event is the place to be for travel and service suppliers, OTA’s, CFO’s, CEO’s, managers and everyone else who is active in the European hospitality and travel sector. It is for those who want to improve their relationship with their loyal and potential customers. Still thinking whether to attend? Ask yourself this question: do you want to lead your company the customer-centric way? If yes, then this is the event to attend.

What can I do at the EyeForTravel event?

During the EyeForTravel event, split into 2 days, professionals will speak about diverse topics covering trends and practices in Smart Travel Analytics, Technology, Distribution and Partnerships, Marketing Analytics, Revenue Management and Travel Payments.

During the first day of the conference, the keynotes will focus on keeping loyal customers in the digital age where competitors can easily have access to them via different digital platforms. With easy access to mobile digital platforms, UI is crucial to delivering the best UX to create an impact on loyal customers, another discussion will be about on how to integrate AI mixed with human emotions into social media strategy and keep or attract customers.

On the second day, the scheduled keynotes will focus on digital transformations, incorporating AI within the company and mixing it with analytics, and how a traditional company keep customers loyal through customer-centric behaviour.

During these days, companies like KLM, Deutsche Bahn and lastminute.com will give insight about the before mentioned keynotes. Besides these keynotes, other companies will cover more topics including Blockchain, transforming dead data into useful information, GDPR in relation to loyalty and the experience economy. All this information has the purpose to take companies to the next level through implementation of the provided tips and become more profitable. Not to forget, there is room to connect with other attendees during network breaks and lunch sessions. At the end of the first day, EyeForTravel will hold a bigger network event – did we already mention something about a boat party?

Attending the EyeForTravel Amsterdam event will enrich you with the know-how to work on your company’s growth, customer loyalty and the KPI’s for next year. Besides that, you can go home with new connections and business relationships to excel with your company. You still have a few days to head to the official website of EyeForTravel for more information about the conference and the schedules and get your hands on your ticket.

By Santa Alcantara


References

EyeForTravel Amsterdam 2018 Brochure


5 tips to reduce jet lag

Being a global nomad allows you to travel the world. You’re constantly on the move. Switching from one place to another and switching from one time-zone to another. It can be really exhausting to adapt our biological clocks of our bodies every time we’re on the move. Especially after long hours of flight, we become restless, and it’s more difficult to fall asleep. We all know the inconveniences of jet lag. We’ve gathered 5 tips to make your life a little easier and jet lag a little more bearable.

Limit caffeine intake
Caffeine is stimulant that can give you an energy boost to go through the day. This substance is highly addictive and can be found in coffee, tea and energy drinks. As a business traveller, you’re always on the go, attending different meetings and you are more prone to be exposed to beverages containing caffeine. Sebastian Beaton from Barista Del Caffe explains in his article, “The Health Benefits of Coffee: Is coffee good or bad for you?”, that caffeine works by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine, which is responsible for inducing sleep. Too much caffeine can cause sleeplessness, especially if taken later in the day. The caffeine effects can take up to 6 hours to wear off. That’s why it is advised to not consume caffeine 6 hours before going to sleepThe Mayo Clinic states that 400 mg of caffeine a day should be enough for healthy adults. That is roughly 4 cups of coffee,10 cans of cola or 2 energy shot drinks.

Avoid alcohol
One of the most common mistakes we make while travelling is drinking alcohol to relax during the long hours of flight. A survey revealed that 42% of Singaporeans avoid alcohol completely to try to adapt to a new time zone. Drinking also causes dehydration to the body and if we drink too much it may also lead to a hangover. The combination of a hangover with jet lag can be extremely bad especially when you need to be fully functional for meetings the next day. So, avoiding alcohol is the best option to prevent dehydration and hangover on top of jet lag.

Be active
Doing some light bodyweight exercise can help to stretch our muscles to reduce cramp and relaxes your body. The most recommended exercise for better sleep is yoga, where you can practice prior to bedtime or in the morning. Yoga doesn’t require any equipment -just a yoga mat- and you can easily find a video for a yoga tutorial online. The same survey mentioned previously also revealed that 45% of Singaporeans do exercise or take in fresh air before a flight to try to avoid jet lag.

 

Sleep better
Waking up in a different time zone can be really challenging if you didn’t sleep properly. Adjust your sleep schedule to shift your bedtime or awakening time to help your body’s internal clock move closer to your destination’s time zone. Do this ahead of time, at least 3 to 5 days before your trip. If you arrive in the daylight, expose your self to natural sunlight for 15-30 minutes right after you wake up. This helps our body to feel more awake. It is best to avoid taking naps during the day, this will slow down the adaptation of the biological clock. If you really need to take a nap, don’t nap more than 20 minutes. If you arrive in the nighttime, set the stage for a good night’s sleep: dm your lights, eat lightly and do an activity that relaxes you.

Stay hydrated
Spending long hours on a flight can cause serious dehydration, the oxygen and humidity are way lower in the cabin. For example, men can lose up to 2 litres of water on a 10-hour flight and women can lose up to 1.6 litres of water. Our body consists of 70% of water, we need to consume plenty of liquid to stay hydrated. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to drink a glass of water every hour to prevent dehydration. When someone is dehydrated it has a significant impact on the overall health and mood. Which consequently reduces the cognitive functions of the brain and increase tiredness and fatigue.

It’s impossible to completely eliminate jet lag, but this can be reduced following these simple tips. Don’t forget these useful tips for your next trip: Limit caffeine intake, avoid alcohol, be active, sleep better and stay hydrated!

By Yan Yue

 


Relocating with family

Are you one of those people that need to relocate because of Brexit? Or have you simply gotten an opportunity to work abroad or elsewhere? How exciting! But now the headache starts. It’s one thing to relocate on your own, but it’s another thing to relocate with your family. Here are some FREE tips that you need to make your relocation smoother.


1. Break it down gently to your kids about the relocation
You and your partner have known for a while about the relocation, it is time to share the news with your children. Relocating to another city or country might not be perceived as a positive opportunity, especially by children in the age between 10 up to 15 who have their friends and roots in their hometown. On the other hand, this adventure could sound exciting for them – going to a new place and exploring a new environment. It is important to let your children know it is not a holiday because this time they will not come back after a few weeks. Try to put a positive spin on this new adventure and explain the benefits they will gain with this relocation.

Your kids will learn way more about a new culture and language and make (more) new friends. Remind them that they will be still able to contact their friends via Skype, Facetime, email via a phone call or other social networking sites. Show the kids the location where they will be living on Google Maps, or any other location map, and try to create the feeling that the family is going on an adventure together. Lastly, involve your kids in all the stages of moving away, especially if they’re grown enough. They’ll appreciate it.

2. Resolve important issues before leaving
So, the bomb has dropped and now it is time to solve issues that are still left. Are you and your partner on the same page about the relocation? What can you do both to make it comfortable for all to relocate? Does your partner have to give up his or her job? A suggestion for your working partner is that he or she tries to arrange an agreement with the employer to work remotely.
What about the kids who are halfway through their school year? Will I take them out during the school year, or should they relocate once school is over? Also, searching for information about different (international) schools with similarities in your kids’ current school curriculum will prevent your kids from falling behind in their studies.

3. Checklist for the move

Now that the kids are up to speed and important issues are resolved, it’s time to get things rolling by making a checklist! Ask yourself what are the things that need to be resolved for the move itself? Which organisations need to have your new address? What do I need to move? Speed up your packing and save time by setting up different boxes with each their own purpose: throw away, give to charity, sell, or to keep will help. Furthermore, is the accommodation already provided? Or do I need to get a temporary serviced apartment? See if your new employer could pay your stay in a curated and professional serviced apartment, for the time being – a nice thing of this all it is fully furnished with the needed amenities! Once you have THE family house, make everything revolving around the colour of the wall up to the furniture, a family affair! To make all of you feel home in the new house, having key items from your previous home will help to adjust to this new place.

4. Cross-cultural awareness
Don’t end up standing in a windstorm! Coming from sunny California for example and moving to Sweden could be a big shock for all of us. So be aware, online information will only get you that far. Try to connect with locals or expats in that neighbourhood through forums or Facebook groups before leaving. This could help you to settle in faster and help you get acquainted with locals and the surroundings. Also, if you’re moving to a country with another language, get a book or an app to learn the basics of the language. It’s a fun exercise for you and your family!

5. Plan your goodbyes

Don’t you just hate goodbyes? Especially doing it repeatedly? Here’s an idea! Throw a house cooling party! Invite all your friends and family and say your goodbyes all at once! Also, house cooling parties are an excellent way of getting rid of some stuff that you don’t want to take to your new place. For the kids, arranging other activities with their own friends is a positive idea and on top of that, buy a notebook for the younger kids so they have a place with all the contact information and pictures of their friends. For the older ones, they can still easily connect with their friends through social media and different chat apps.

 

 

 

Last but not least, as a wise person once said:

 

By Santa Alcantara


References

https://www.fidi.org/blog/parents%E2%80%99-guide-moving-abroad-kids

https://www.fidi.org/blog/global-assignments-and-expat-children-advice-parents

https://www.fidi.org/blog/preparing-kids-relocation

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Doing business in Paris

Paris – for tourists it is the city of the Mona Lisa, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. Wander around in the historical streets, surrounded by the beautiful Parisian scenery and great ambience. Start your day with a delicious French baguette with jam and a café au lait. After a satisfying retail therapy session in the stores at the Champs-Élysées, go for a delicious pastry at the well-known Ladurée tearoom. End your day with a scrumptious dinner at the many luxurious restaurants Paris has to offer and take a quick look at the Eiffel Tower, because it is unbelievably stunning at night. For tourists, this is what a typical day would look like; exploring the city and visiting the landmarks. But for businesses, Paris is so much more.


The region of Paris, Île-de-France, is Europe’s biggest economic area with the highest GDP in the European Union, surpassing other European countries (IAU-IDF, 2018). The region is the core of Europe’s technological developments and hosts many corporate headquarters of major firms (IAU-IDF, 2018). Not only companies are headquartered in Paris, but also international institutions such as Unicef, UNESCO, and the OECD (Paris Digest, 2018). It is Europe’s second-biggest region for leading international companies (IAU-IDF, 2018).

The region is internationally praised for its outstanding infrastructure, education, science, and technology (IAU-IDF, 2018).

Situated outside Paris, La Défense is Europe’s largest business district (Paris Info, 2015). The skyscrapers in the district are not what you would expect in a city noted for its historical buildings and medieval architecture. Nonetheless, La Défense is home to over 3000 companies, including many multinationals, and has over 300,000 daily visitors (Paris Attitude, 2017).  Not only renowned for its business activities, but the district is also popular with tourists for its modern architecture. The iconic Grande Arche monument located in La Défense is a door-shaped building where you can see the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe (Prompt Guides, 2018). The designer, Johan Otto V. Spreckelsen, originally intended the monument to be a “window onto the world” where people from different nationalities could come together to talk (La Grande Arche, 2017).

When you’re planning to go to Paris for work, it is best to stay in the well-known areas that have sufficient facilities for business travellers. The La Clef residences are perfect if you’re looking for a local and luxurious stay. The La Clef Louvre is located in the 1st arrondissement close to important places such as the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. The La Clef Tour Eiffel is located in the 16th arrondissement in a beautiful historical area close to the Champs-Élysées. Generally, staying central in areas such as Opéra, Concorde, Champs-Élysées and Notre Dame are best suited for business travellers (CTM, sd).

Food will not be a problem for you in Paris. Haute-cuisine restaurants such as Pierre Gagnaire, Le Cinq, and L’Arpège serve some of the best dishes in Paris (The Mouth, 2015). For other alternatives, try local restaurants and brasseries such as Brasserie Julien and La Coupole (Time Out, 2018). Do not worry about how to get to the places if you do not own a car, the Paris public transport system (metros, trains, trams, and buses) is the most perfect way to travel through the city (Paris Info, 2015).

Paris is a city with enough to explore. From the Eiffel Tower to La Défense, the city is filled with impressive monuments, buildings, and great food. With its grand business environment, it has enough facilities to accommodate business travellers. The Parisian way of life will surprise you and hopefully charm you. Bon voyage!

 

By Melisa Kirdi


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