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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