Business Travel Hacks
GeoBiz was born from the idea that working internationally could and should be more worthwhile (read our origin story here). There are countless business opportunities available all around the world, but they can be hidden and it can be hard to find the right person – ergo GeoBiz was created. GeoBiz makes the most of your time abroad, and here are our top tips for making the most of your time getting there.
Set up for remote working
The laptop-lifestyle is becoming ever more popular, so it’s likely you are already set up to work remotely. But just in case you’re used to being office-based or a desktop user, the first step is to change or integrate devices to make remote working possible. For example, invest in some transportable technology like a tablet or netbook so you are still able to work away from the office, without having to completely change your set up to laptop.
Small devices such as tablets and netbooks are easy to carry and small enough to use in the confines of a plane or train. They’re also relatively inexpensive in comparison to laptops – however it is important to spend a little extra to get built in internet connection (whether its WiFi enabled, SIM card, or dongle) which bring us to our next point….
Use Cloud-based storage
Cloud storage is effectively a virtual hard drive which can store an incredible amount of data. By saving files to the Cloud (be it directly or via back-up) you can access them wherever you go – providing you have an internet connection.
It’s advisable to store on your hard drive and in Cloud storage – but it is important to make sure you control these documents so the correct file is the one being used.
There are a variety of different providers of Cloud software, and often devices will have a preferred app – e.g. Windows will prefer Microsoft OneDrive, iOS will use Apple Cloud. There’s also drives integrated with most email providers too, such as Google Drive.
This is the easiest and safest way to ensure data access across devices, and makes working remotely vastly more productive.
Use loyalty schemes
There’s an incredible number of perks and freebies that you can get by signing up to loyalty schemes. Most airlines and hotels allow you to collect points for using their service regularly – and these points stack up fast and can be exchanged for a wide variety of extras.
Most of these schemes are free, but some of the best have a small subscription fee but often the benefits outweigh the cost.
Rewards include upgrades, additional services, access to exclusive member’s areas or freebies, which can make your travel time more enjoyable and can also save you money.
Back up batteries
Most modern devices have extended battery life or profiles which reduce battery usage, but it’s unlikely any smart phone will last more than 18 hours when being used regularly. With this in mind, you should make sure you carry a portable charger. Some of the cheaper chargers will have one full charge capacity, but there are some which will hold up to four full charges. This way you can stay connected wherever you are.
Hard copy of all documents
Booking confirmations, hotel information, even boarding passes can be in a digital form – this is great to keep everything together in one place which you tend to keep with you at all times. However, it’s advisable to have hard copies of all documents just in case. You should also keep a copy of these (along with a photocopy of your passport) with someone back home, should you get into any trouble. A photocopy of your passport will be helpful should you lose your passport.
Ask for upgrades
Don’t be afraid to ask at check-in for an upgrade. Flights and hotels always have empty seats/rooms so it doesn’t hurt to ask them. What’s the worst that could happen?
Use social media
Social media is just great for everything, and can even be beneficial when travelling. Airports and airlines will often post about delays or any updates on social media to help you plan your journey or manage your time. It’s also good when you reach your destination: check in on Facebook for information on the surrounding area, and use the designated hashtag for any event you’re attending to get the latest news.
Understand customs and cultures before you go
Visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for advice on culture and customs of the country you are visiting. This can help you make educated choices and a good impression on your hosting country,
These are our tips – why don’t you send us yours? Connect with us on social media for more and submit your #businesstravellerhacks