Five tips for business travellers
Many business people are in the fortunate position of being able to travel for work. From Johannesburg to Lagos, to New York and London, business men and women are jet setting around the globe to conduct meetings, interviews, attend conferences, and more. Here are some tips on how to have a successful and productive business trip.
1) Check that your accommodation has free and fast Wi-Fi
Most quality hotels have decent Wi-Fi, and in many cases it’s free! There are, however, still a number of hotels that cap the Wi-Fi usage to a certain amount for guests, after which you will be made to fork out some cash for further access. The last thing you want is to be in your hotel room, or in the business centre on a Skype call with your boss, and you reach the Wi-Fi limit. If you are staying in an Airbnb, or something similar, chat to your host ahead of time to ensure that you have internet connectivity.
2) Book accommodation close to where you are conducting business
If you are in town for a particular business event, and you need to be at a certain venue for the work you need to do, then try as far as possible to book accommodation close by. This way, you avoid having to navigate through a foreign city to get to your location. You’ll also avoid potential traffic jams en route to the venue. Alternatively, book close to a public transport hub. This way you’re sure to get to your destination on time.
3) Rent a hot desk in a co-working space
Sometimes it’s tough getting work done from your accommodation, or local coffee shop. This is where coworking spaces come in to play. A hot desk at a co-working space can be rented on a day-to-day basis and makes for an ideal, functional, work base. There is free Wi-Fi, and the facilities are perfect for business travellers, with boardrooms, meeting rooms and more. For those travelling in and around South Africa, there are a number of different options available. The Business Exchange, for example, is a popular co-working space with offices in prime Johannesburg locations. Those who frequent the city for business travel will find everything they need at The Business Exchange offices. The company has also just opened an office in Mauritius, so those travelling to this idyllic island will find it easy to work from there too.
4) Book an extra day after business has concluded
If you can afford it, definitely try to add an extra day of leisure to your business trip. This will allow you to take in the city at your own pace, and on your own time. You can also get to know the people a bit better, learn about their culture, and eat some local delicacies. Try some local experiences and deep dive into what the place has to offer. It makes for a better story than telling people you just zipped in-and-out quickly, with no idea of what goes on in the city.
5) Buy a local sim card rather than switch to roaming
Switching to your network’s roaming offering, while convenient, will steadily, and steeply, push up your monthly bill. Rather buy a local sim card and use that instead. It is a much cheaper option and, if you travel often, you can use it the next time you are in the country.