As Mi PA are responsible for booking, researching and organising all of the travel for the European MD of a worldwide tyre company, seamless overseas travel is definitely our thing!
Whether it’s liaising with the senior management team to organise monthly management meetings and customers trips, or if it’s trips to China and Indonesia to visit production and testing plants, all travel, accommodation and entertainment is managed by Mi PA.
Here, we share our top tips for seamless overseas travel for the busy entrepreneurs and business owners.
Organise your transfers
Getting to and from the airport at home and overseas can be a headache. If you’re driving to the airport, Mi PA advise travellers to pre-book a parking space to save money, time and to secure a priority spot near the terminal. On the other side, ensure you know how to spot a reputable taxi company, the address of your hotel or have the hotel or host organise this for you in advance.
Get the tech
Download a currency converter to you phone, tablet or laptop; get the right voltage adapter; find a language tool to help you translate the lingo if you’re not familiar and what about a free calling app such as Viber or WhatsApp to help you stay in touch with family back home? These simple tools really help with seamless travel.
Stay in good health
Travelling for business means there’s no time for down time. You need to be in tip top condition and have your head in the game. Simple things like an eye mask and earplugs will help you to sleep on flights and in noisy hotel rooms, but essential medicine such as painkillers, antihistamines, Imodium and a handful of other key medications will prevent bad luck and bad bugs getting in the way of a great trip.
Fly a day in advance of important meetings
Give yourself a day to adjust to the surroundings and time difference. If parts of your travel schedule are interrupted or delayed, you’ve got plenty of wiggle room to catch up and stress levels will stay low.
Pack a week in advance
Have at least the bones of what you’ll need in the case. Creating an essential packing list also helps with this. Doing this avoids any last minute stress, ensures you have everything you need and gives you opportunity to eliminate non-essential items.
Take a pre-loaded travel card
These are highly recommended for those who frequently travel overseas. They work very much like a credit card, except rather than the credit card company loading on the credit, you do. Add however much you’ll need for the trip and you’ll be able to access it wherever you are in the world via ATMs, without incurring extortionate fees or interest.
Great for safety and to protect against fraud, travel cards are also useful for businesses to manage expenses and avoid employees being out of pocket.
Ask Mi PA!
Surprise! Our ultimate top tip is of course, to engage a friendly, professional virtual PA to help you organise your travel plans. If you’d like to know more, please call Emma today on 0161 820 6080.
What tips do you have for business travel? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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