5 Essential Tips For Traveling and Working

Traveling and working can certainly be a frustrating endeavor. I always imagine the business traveler as jet lagged, sleep deprived, living out of suitcases and rushing around to make their meetings. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If you use these 5 essential tips for traveling and working, you can make your time away from home more efficient and productive, and if you do it right, maybe even fit in some time for some fun.

Never Check A Bag

Not only is it a waste of money, but I guarantee you will not be happy having to wait at baggage claim and trying to find your luggage. There’s also the possibility of your luggage being lost, and lugging a huge suitcase full of your personal belonging through a foreign city is not fun. Instead, pack light and only use carry on bags. It will save you time and money, which is always a win-win!

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Unfortunately, we have control over so little when it comes to business travel, and there are a lot of variables with travel that can’t always be accounted for. You can’t control any flight delays that might happen, or what the traffic situation is going to be in the city that you’re flying into. Instead of trying to fly with just enough time to get to your event, it’s better to fly in the night before your event, and have the peace of mind that you don’t have to rush around.

Join Rewards Programs

Even if you are not a frequent business flyer, you still have the opportunity to gain travel rewards points on the flights that you take. By not joining a rewards program, you are leaving many travel rewards points behind. Choose a travel credit card, and earn points to use on hotels, air fare, and car rentals.

Use Programs That Speed Up Travel

So many little details can be taken care of on phones nowadays, and it makes the flying process so much smoother. You can check into your flight early, and apply for the TSA pre check to gain access to get through security and customs faster.

Book Non Stop Flights (when applicable)

Any layover in your flight is going to unnecessarily lengthen your trip. It will most likely add an extra day to your trip, and while it might allow time to work on a few things, it is an inconvenience that can mostly be avoided.

So there you have it! If you follow these essential tips for business travel, you will make the whole experience so much easier on yourself. You won’t portray the image of the tired and hurried business traveler, and will instead have a trip that is less stressful, and hopefully more fun!

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Who Else Wants To Travel?

I get it…

You are a (would-be) wanderer .

You daydream about faraway islands. You inspire a life-changing experience. 

You know you were born to travel all around the world and encounter incredible adventures. 

Then you check your bank balance… 

DAMMIT! 

You are not alone.

The #1 thing that holds people back from traveling is always… MONEY.

No worries. Traveling doesn’t have to break the bank. You don’t have to win the lottery, either. 

Here are some of the best tried-and-tested travel hacks on “how to travel on a budget”: 

1. Planning

This is one of the most important stages, yet often overlooked by most people. Make sure you come up with a great plan first. Write everything down about flights, accommodations, travel budget, tourist spots, transportation, and so on. 

2. Destinations

Consider travelling to countries whose quality of life is much inferior than ours, such as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, or Latin America. 

3. Travel during “Off-Peak” (Shoulder season)

Timing is key. 

This is the #1 Golden Rule if you want to travel on a budget. With a little planning and research in advance, you can ensure you avoid high seasons (mostly summer, winter, and holidays) when there are price hikes and tourist swarms. 

4. Flights 

Before you book a flight, you’d better compare ticket prices using flight search websites that scan through all airlines. Don’t forget to check the fine details, such as admin charges, taxes, baggage, and other fees. 

Book flights in advance. Many experienced backpackers often advise, “Book as soon as find the flights you want.” This is because most airlines don’t sell off flights closer to departure. 

When searching for flights online, it’s a great idea to use an incognito window to find the freshest deals. 

5. Accommodations

You don’t always have to stay in a $100/night hotel. 

There are other wallet-friendly accommodation options such as hostels, AirBnB, and CouchSurfing. 

This can give you 3 benefits: 

  • Halve the price
  • Offer you the opportunity to meet more people
  • Allow you an authentic snapshot of real life in the city 

6. Your Kit 

Make sure you bring with you everything you need so that you don’t have to shop while you’re away. It’s advised to bring at least a pair of long jeans, waterproof jacket, first-aid kits/medicines, and warm clothes for unpredictable incidents and weather changes. 

7. Public Transports 

Riding taxis or tourist buses all the time isn’t a good idea if you are on a tight travel budget. Research thoroughly about all the public transportation options in the city. 

Use a public transport (train or local bus) if you can. I know this might seem a little scary… but if the locals do it, why can’t you too? 

You’ll enjoy it!

8. Don’t Eat Away Your Cash

Choose supermarkets or local fresh food markets over overpriced restaurants or cafes. Forget about boutiques, or duty-free stores. 

Cut back on the alcohol as much as you can. Both your wallet and waistline will thank you for that. 

Don’t mind about souvenirs. Value experiences and adventures. 

Last Note: 

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive at all. 

With the hacks you discovered today, you can still roam all around the world and achieve the best experiences possible without having to worry about your bill for the next month! 

Now, it’s time to go out there and quench your wanderlust!…