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Tips for Doing Business Internationally

December 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Business Travel

How to Get the Most Out of Business Travel and More

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When you’re just starting out in a career that involves a ton of international travel, things can seem a bit tricky to figure out. Things aren’t quite as easy as they once seemed, way back when you were pursuing your international business degree, taking classes and learning what it was going to be like in the working world. Well, now you’re there — IN the working world, and your new boss throws an airplane ticket down on your desk.

Europe? The far east? Russia? With the pace of industry at an all time high, and supply chains as well as customer bases reaching international levels as the new normal, chances are that when you start a career for a large-scale corporation, some amount of travel will be required. And international travel may be something you end up having to do quite often. So how do you remain productive, fall easily into a new time zone, make sure you sleep and get all your work done, when you’re flying through multiple time zones on a weekly or monthly basis?

Here are a few travel tips to help you get into a comfortable and productive groove when traveling for business is required.

Making Sure You Get All the Sleep You Need

Traveling for business may be a pleasure for some, but for the majority of us, figuring out how to get to sleep in the new “nighttime” of a foreign destination isn’t necessarily that easy. Check out the travel blogs around the Internet, as you’ll find tips that seem to contradict each other, but you will also find a few methods that you can try to see which one works best for you.

Our strategy has always been to travel as late at night as possible, so that sleeping on the plane becomes a real possibility. Get as many hours as you possibly can, and try to land at your destination in the morning. Do what you can to stay awake, eating normal meals like breakfast and lunch or dinner on the new time zone’s schedule, and then take a dose of something like Tylenol PM, or another mild sleep aid, when it’s approaching bed time. Set an alarm, and another one as a backup, for the time when you typically wake up in the morning, and you should fall into a normal routine fairly quickly.

International Travel: Bring All the Right Accessories

There could be few more terrible nightmare situations than traveling far from home, getting a good night’s sleep, waking up the next morning ready for the most important deal-closing meeting of your career, and realizing your laptop or mobile device has lost its charge. Not a few travelers have realized just a little bit too late, that the one thing they were thinking they had forgotten to pack, was in reality, the most important thing they needed to bring: power adapters and charging equipment that fits the sockets in the country where you’re visiting.

Many companies, including Apple, for example, manufacture affordable international power adapter kits that feature around 6 or 7 different adapters, based on various time zones and regions of the world. For $25-$50, you can make sure you never lose a charge on your laptop before an all-too-important meeting. The last thing you want to do is to return to the office back at home the following week, without having a win in your pocket.

Making Sure to Heed International Travel Advisories

Not everywhere around the world is safe, and it probably never was. But the amount of travel information out there is unprecedented, and your ability to access it is as easy as ever. Check the region, state, country or city where you plan to travel, and find information through the U.S. Department of State website as well. Being informed before you head overseas is the first part of guaranteeing your own personal safety.

Getting the Most Out of Your Trip: Language and Culture

No matter how busy you are before you depart for an international business travel destination, take some time to research where you’re headed. Often, you’ll find an extra day or more in your schedule, and checking out the local sites is a wonderful way to pass the time, and to create meaningful connections to a new place that you can share casually with your hosts or foreign business partners.

Learn a bit of the language with a digital language lessons program that you can download in advance, and program on your portable device. Print out some site seeing guides online, and read through them a few times on the plane, so that you don’t miss out on any wonders of the world. Architecture, dining experiences, museums, parks and more — there is so much to see, and once you’re there, you should try to take in as much as you possible can.

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