Perhaps the most frustrating part of a business trip is unavoidable downtime. Instead of mooching around Duty Free, there are plenty of ways to be productive on your business trip:
Beat Jetlag Before we get into the finer details of how to invest your business trip downtime, we’re going to start with the basics: beating jetlag. Here are few tips on minimising its impact on a long-haul flight:
- Adjust your body clock before travelling. For four days prior to the trip, alter your sleeping and eating patterns slightly, in-fitting with your new time zone.
- Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you are in the air.
- Additionally, cut down on your caffeine intake for 12 hours before your flight and whilst you are in the air.
- Avoid the booze. Don’t touch alcohol the day before flying or during a flight.
- Fly overnight. This can help you retain normal meal times and on long-haul, give you the chance to catch your 8 hours on the plane.
- Take in the sun. Upon arrival, spending time in the sun can help your body clock adjust and adapt.
Upgrade your Phone Tariff : If you are concerned about using your mobile phone during a business trip due to significant roaming charges on your phone tariff, you may be missing opportunities to correspond with your colleagues, bosses or the partners you are planning on meeting. Upgrading your phone tariff to include free data roaming can help keep you connected. EE offer an upgrade package which affords users unlimited talk and text abroad. This also helps you stay in contact with your loved ones back home.
Arrange Additional Meetings: Show a little intuition on your travels and arrange to meet with like-minded people from your industry to create partnerships and/or share ideas. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to help you find professionals from your industry in the area that you are visiting and invite them for a coffee or a quick meeting.
Improve your Next Trip: If you have suffered a lot of downtime during a business trip, it could be the perfect time to improve your next trip. There are a number of schemes and initiatives available to reward frequent business travellers which could make your next stay more comfortable or rewarding for you and your bosses. The PartnerPlusBenefit scheme from Lufthansa rewards business travellers with points redeemable against future flights, transfers and upgrades. These can be used for further business trips or even personal holidays with the 10 participating airlines. Similarly, the Hilton Hhonors scheme rewards frequent business guests with free upgrades and a range of other perks.
Do you have any business travel downtime tips to share?
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