A certain kind of professional will spend a great deal of their working life getting from one place to another. Whether you’re a travelling salesperson visiting convention after convention in the hope of building a network, or a busy executive moving from boardroom to boardroom on either coast, most of your time is going to be spent in train carriages, taxis and airports.
By travelling in person, you’ll be able to meet face-to-face with clients and collaborators. But without the right plan, you risk exposing yourself to stress, reduced efficiency, sleep-deprivation, and a reduced quality of business life.
Business travel is, in other words, a necessary evil – but it’s one whose perils can be guarded against with the help of just a little bit of forward planning and organisation. Let’s take a look at a few of the steps we might take.
Planning in Advance
The more preparation you can do prior to a given trip, generally speaking, the better. This applies especially if you’re travelling to a part of the country (or the world) with which you’re not familiar. Ideally, you might have this planning done by an experienced PA who’ll be able to anticipate and avoid common problems. When your whole itinerary is laid out, and you have plans in place for multiple contingencies, you’ll have a much easier time.
If you intend to make the most of your travel time, then you might choose to spend it working. This might mean talking to colleagues on the phone, or via videoconference, or it might mean getting on with work with the help of your laptop.
Taking your own privacy and security seriously is paramount. This applies when you’re connecting to unsecured WiFi, but we should also consider the danger of a passer-by simply looking over your shoulder.
Using a business plane will ensure the privacy of your executive, while ensuring that they remain productive while in transit.
Business travellers who are making their way overseas face a more complex range of security concerns. Again, this is an area where private planes can be invaluable. They’ll save the trouble of going through an unfamiliar boarding process in a foreign country, and eliminate a lot of uncertain, especially during times of crisis, when migration processes are in flux.
Being able to safely and reliably connect to WiFi can be a game-changer when you’re working overseas. Not only should travellers make sure that they’re staying at places with reliable WiFi, they should also install VPNs to ensure that the communications they make cannot be intercepted. This applies especially to those handling very sensitive data, and conducting potentially compromising phone conversations.