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Business travelers who’ve planned ahead likely can look forward to a smooth trip. Even so, transportation glitches, lack of Internet availability or the loss or theft of personal items can ruin an otherwise smooth journey. While you can’t anticipate every problem, some practical guidelines will help you travel well.
At the Airport
Savvy business travelers may be well aware of carry-on restrictions, but screening protocols aren’t always limited to personal property. With the recent increase of international incidents, TSA officers have stepped up their use of risk-based security measures to identify, mitigate and resolve potential threats – both in the security line and throughout the airport.
For instance, one or more TSA personnel may question you about your itinerary, purpose of travel, property or identity. Screenings often are random and unpredictable, as well. Unnerving though this can be, answer all inquiries honestly and promptly to facilitate your departure. No individual is exempt from the possibility of advanced screening.
Places to Work: On the Road, at the Ready
Business travelers usually carry work with them, even on short trips. Fortunately, companies offering administrative support services abound, allowing operations to continue pretty much uninterrupted.
The following high-tech hubs cover a range of key functions, from printing and copying to packaging and Internet access:
The Wi-Fi-Free Spot™ Directory (http://www.wififreespot.com/) provides a comprehensive list of cafes, airports, RV parks, public facilities, campgrounds and hotels that offer free Wi-Fi. Coverage includes the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Safety: Traveler Beware
So often, business travelers use all their energy preparing for a trip but forget about the most important priority: Returning safely. While no one likes to think in terms of “what if,” traveling to any unfamiliar city poses some danger. Below are some safety tips:
Always walk with confidence, showing passersby you know exactly where you are heading. If you do get lost and find yourself alone, pull out a cell phone and act as if you’re talking to someone nearby.
Staying Healthy: Trimming the Fat
While packing bags goes hand in hand with business travel, unfortunately, so does packing on the pounds. For this reason, it’s important to stick to a reasonable diet and exercise regimen. When business owners get sick, their companies suffer, too.
Here are some tips for staying strong and healthy on the road:
Online Travel Resources
Conducting business out-of-town often proves to be a wearing task, but online resources can reduce the stress. Below are a few helpful services, with many offering smartphone apps: