So it’s probably best if you accept the inevitable and plan accordingly.
Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure (maybe even “bleisure”?), in the new world order, there are some realistic road rules you’d best abide by. Let’s review a few to assure smooth sailing, whether you’re traveling by plane, train or bus:
- Pack plenty of patience because no matter how much planning goes into your trip, you’re practically guaranteed to face some bumps in the road.
- Make sure someone at your home or office has your itinerary and “in case of” contact information, plus copies of your passport or travel identification. This works both ways. It’s equally important to carry your own version of “this is who I am and this is who you need to contact on my behalf” should you be found in unfortunate circumstances.
- Check and doublecheck all reservations. Keep all confirmations, whether paper or electronic, in easy-to-access locations. If you go paperless, make sure your electronics are juiced up at critical points when you’ll need to show that information.
- Make sure you’re on top of whatever cords, power packs or batteries your devices require. If leaving North America, investigate electronic compatibility for every device before you leave home. Experts also recommend backing up your personal computer data before leaving the country so if you experience a computer crash or theft, you know your precious data has been saved somewhere.
- If your travels involve any level of transactions associated with your business (entertaining a client, conducting a site inspection with family members included), make sure you know your company’s policies about allowable expenses and using the company credit card on a combination trip. Combining business with pleasure travel tends to send up red flags for government scrutiny, so expect questions. Documentation is critical.
- Fair or not, understand that anytime you wear clothing displaying your company logo you’ll be judged as a working representative of that organization. To avoid uncomfortable explanations, be smart about eating, drinking and partying.
- Understand that safe travel means staying alert at all times. You may feel the need to bury yourself in your various electronic devices, but travel requires engagement at many levels. Connect with where you are, not with what you brought along.
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