Business trips can take you all around the world: from one country to another, across county lines, or even just an hour’s train ride away. Whether you are travelling overseas or just slightly up the country, there are some common things to keep in mind when travelling for business trips.
London is notoriously confusing for tourists and visitors, being the business hub of England. If you get your planning wrong, you can get stuck going around the M25 or the underground for what seems like an eternity. Therefore, here are ten ways that you can plan for your business trip to London, or anywhere for that matter, to make it just that little bit easier.
- Check your company’s travel policy
It may seem obvious, but make sure to check your company’s travel policy before you start planning anything. You may already be covered by their insurance, which means you don’t have to get your own travel insurance for the trip. It could also outline if you are eligible to claim money back for your travel expenses, and up to how much.
- Book as far in advance as possible
Booking in advance can save disappointment, as accommodation in London is pretty competitive. Sometimes booking in advance can save you some money too.
- Try to avoid national or school holidays
If you want to try and avoid large groups of tourists while in London, try not to book your trip for national bank holidays or school vacations. Not only is this when London is at its busiest, but prices are often inflated too.
- Choose good accommodation
Choose a good accommodation with free WiFi and, if you can, it may serve you best to stay in a neighbourhood away from the tourist hotspots. Booking somewhere like Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush will ensure that you get a good nights sleep so that you are well rested for your business meeting.
- Put together an itinerary
Plan your time wisely so that you make it to every meeting you need to on time.
- Make sure any necessary documents are in order
If you are travelling abroad, make sure your passport is in date. If you are going to need to drive, make sure you have a valid license.
- Prepare to use public transport
The best way to use the Tube is to use an Oyster Card or a contactless card.
- Pack wisely
Only pack what you need – and don’t forget your suit!
- Stay healthy
Remember to eat and sleep. Frequent business travel can have a negative impact on behavioural and mental health, so it is super important to make time to look after yourself.
- Eat like a local
So, if you have the night off, why not enjoy what London has to offer. Ask around to see where the locals eat and drink. These places will be more authentic to the London experience, and save you the tourist prices. It can also be a great way to bond with your new (if temporary) colleagues.