Tips For First Timers On A Business Trip

Tips For First Timers On A Business Trip

Going on a business trip? Saurabh Sharma, Director at Travel Unravel Holidays Private Limited, has listed few do’s and don’ts for your trip for turnin.

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Your boss suddenly announces your name for cracking a business deal overseas and you are filled with awe as it’s your first business trip. You should feel elated as your organisation has shown faith in you and you are given a big responsibility. Of course, you are excited as well as nervous. After all travelling on a business trip is totally different from travelling for fun. With many meetings to attend and presentations to give, the thought of the first business overseas trip in itself brings anxiety.

Saurabh Sharma, Director at Travel Unravel Holidays Private Limited, has listed few do’s and don’ts for your trip for turning it to a seamless and refreshing assignment journey.

Tickets & Travel Insurance

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Check the travel policy of your company and get your tickets done on time. Your company might have tied up with any travel agency for a fairer deal. Also look for a good travel insurance, which can help you in getting any medical assistance on time and at affordable rates. There are a few leading e-travel companies, which offer all necessary travel requirements at competitive costs.

Pack Right, Pack Light

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  • You open your wardrobe and you find nothing suitable, so why not go to a store and pick up 2-3 sets of formal clothing. Formals in any business meeting not only give you confidence but it casts a good impression on others too.
  • You are in the mid of your presentation and your battery is dead or there’s any technical fault with data. The mere thought gives you a chilling sensation. Keep your backup ready, be it a battery or of data, you can’t cut a sorry figure in front of your client.
  • Business cards are important too along with your laptop. Don’t forget to keep a nice fountain pen, dairy and a smart business folder.

Organising It The Right Way

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Be a good organiser and be sure of your mode of transportation. If you are in a foreign land, talk to your hotel manager and figure out the best options for reaching the hotel. Depending on where you are when you need to reach the place of meeting, figure out if you will need to rent a car, take a shuttle, or call a rideshare to get to where you need to go. Not to forget, you can’t afford to be late. Reach the place half an hour early to absorb the environment.

Expect The Unexpected

Every day is a new experience and since it’s your first business trip, be ready for some unwelcoming things also and accept the unexpected. Don’t be very harsh on yourself and go with the flow. Meet new people. Explore places and gain as much experience as you can.

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Some Research Can Be Helpful

Familiarising yourself with the place and people will make your trip awesome. Download maps and buy a dictionary that will help you understand the ways and words. Read about the place you are travelling to. It will help you understand things like climate, people, market, values and this way you definitely can make a difference in your presentation and in your way of communication.

In a study of over 1,000 business travellers, it was found that for half of the respondents, the most stressful part of travelling was missing family. For feeling like at home and injecting a fun element to the travel, it’s important that you:

  • Go on a morning run or spend some time in the gym to keep the adrenalin flowing.
  • Explore the local cuisine and play the foodie. Rent a bike and visit places.
  • Indulge in any fun activity or just keep wandering to wonder more and more.
  • Click the pictures, make memories and cherish them forever.

A first business trip can give you butterflies in your stomach but it’s up to you if you want to make it an awesome or awful experience. So stick to a schedule and be updated in all ways. This way you will not only enjoy your first business trip but will also be more confident the next time.

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