6 Mistakes You should Avoid on Business Trips

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By: Ana Margarita Olar | Executivechronicles.com

When your business or job requires you to travel, it can be both a blessing and a curse. You can see different places and enjoy. But you can also experience fatigue and distress along the way.

Make your business trips more relaxing and fun by avoiding these mistakes:

NOT PLANNING

Business trips consume a part of your finances so you should see to it that it is well spent. You are consuming time, finances and effort, so you have to make sure that it was all worth it. Plan your trip as well as your itineraries.

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NOT PREPARED

Another mistake which causes stress and undue expenses are going to a business trips unprepared. Being busy, you tend to forget things at some point. It may include toiletries, cosmetics, phone, or even your laptop.

Try to make a list of your travel essentials and check them before you leave.

MAKING LAST MINUTE RESERVATIONS

Especially if it is a big corporate event, make sure that you book when you still have many choices. You could end up with a good deal if you are lucky. But chances are, you will just choose whichever hotel or place is available because you are out of time.

LEISURE BEFORE BUSINESS

Yes! There’s such thing called “leisure”, business and leisure trip. You can do it but there are certain things that you have to keep in mind. It is hard to shift to work mode when you are in a relaxed mode. So make sure that you do the business part of your trip before the leisure part.

It is twice the stress when you are relaxed and have to face the stress of your business trip.

NEGLECTING VISA REQUIREMENTS

Another business trip mistake that can cause hassle is when you assume that you know the visa requirements.

When you are traveling cross country or through connecting flights, make sure that you know the requirements of these countries.

NOT TAKING TIME TO LEARN BASIC LANGUAGES

Not understanding the basic language of the locals is another business trip mistake. You’ll find it most helpful if you know at least their basic language.

When you want to find your way, walk for leisure, or buy souvenirs, it pays to know their basic language.
Business trips need not adhere strictly to plans and rules. You can relax and deviate a little.

Take a slight detour and find time to relax and enjoy.