We all know that preparing for a business trip within the country or abroad can prove to be a somewhat stressful activity – especially if you’re a frequent traveler who jumps from one spot to the next! There’s no avoiding these trips though because business trips are as necessary a component for growth as having a marketing budget. Skype can only go so far right? Some people really need a firm handshake on a deal, so you hit the road and git-er-done.
Everyone at OLSET appreciates this, after all we were founded by being “Road Warriors” ourselves. That is why we strive to provide the fastest and easiest way for frequent travelers to find the best hotels for their own tastes, every time they travel.
So in keeping with our main company mission of making life easier for our traveling comrades, we’d like to bestow upon you the OLSET team’s personal business trip tips….say that three times fast!
- Book the right hotel without needing review sites: So, we will just get the necessary plug out of the way here then… Look at your calendar, decide when the trip is going to take place and if you already have an OLSET account you can literally just plug your dates and location into your calendar and get personalized hotel suggestions in 1.583 seconds (we’re working on cutting that down, sorry) in your email inbox. Try it.
- Pack a random “junk drawer” kit:Now, we know you’re not going backpacking across the Himalayas here, so you can leave the duct tape at home but you’d be surprised how many times a random trinket can save you time and money while traveling. For instance, our Marketing Director, Andrew, never leaves his home airport without a junk bag (usually the smallest pocket on his carry-on) that includes random change, a pen, floss, ear plugs, eye mask, a safety pin or two, a flash drive, band aids, a condom (not a joke, you’d be surprised how many ways this can come in handy) etc. Thank us later.
- Save and utilize room freebies:No matter how rich, or cheap you think you may be…it’s super wasteful to throw away the half used hotel sized shampoos and usually untouched shower caps. Our uber talented NLP Engineer Aabhas’ idea is to use the shower caps as shoe covers in your carry-on. This keeps the shoes from scuffing your shirts! Genius! You never know when that sewing kit could come in handy either!
- Switch time zones prior to traveling:Another tip from our Marketing Director, who after living in Dubai and doing 17 hour flights every few months should know a thing or two about long distance travel. Andrew suggests converting to your destination’s time zone a day before you travel as a surefire way to combat jet lag…this is especially useful if you have meetings right upon arrival. Those can be brutal so if you switch to the time of wherever your meeting is, you’ll be way better off.
- Save local reading material offline for plane:Let’s be honest, wifi on planes sucks still to this day. We all agree with Louis CK in this hilarious clip on Conan about how stuck up we all are about technology and how grumpy we get when it doesn’t work but save the wifi on the plane for a better option of offline productivity. Just download some good tips and info about the city/language/culture of the place you’re visiting. Great for getting some knowledge while you get there and it’ll work even in airplane mode. Scott our Chief Architect says he uses the entirety of the occasional flight to reorganize and clean files from his computer offline. Another great suggestion.
- Get advice from locals: Use one of the many incredible social networks that connect tourists and locals. Couchsurfing is the originator but has lost some of it’s uniqueness now with the emergence of other sites like TravBuddy and Nomaders. This is an amazing way to maximize your limited free time in an area when on business. And since the likelihood of you returning is high as it’s a work trip, it’s great to get to have someone to visit for a drink or a meal every once in a while.
Hope you liked our tips! If you did please do share them on your favorite social network so you can help even more people travel better! As always check out www.olset.com next time you need to book a hotel and have an awesome trip!