6 tips for business travel during the Winter Holidays

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

 

 


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