As with any area of specialization, there are business travelers who always seem to know what they are doing and those who constantly seem to be in a state of crisis. The business traveler who has been at it for a while figures out some insider information that not many travelers know. These little travel secrets make a world of difference when traveling. And you can bet they are not going to share this information with just anyone because this is the kind of information that can change the nature of your business travel forever.
Travel Tip 1: Your Laptop Can Be Your Savior
Following your phone, your laptop is usually your next crucial piece of equipment when you travel. In an airport emergency situation, your wireless laptop can be used to change reservations so you can avoid those long lines to get on the next flight out. You can reserve a rental car or snag one of the few remaining hotel rooms in town right from the comfort of a seat at the airport. Then, the savvy business traveler can casually stroll to his or her destination as others around them panic, because they knew how to bail themselves out of a crisis situation.
But one aspect of using your laptop to rescue yourself when the airport is in shut down is the limited power of laptops. To see your battery go dead just when you needed it the most is like watching your ship sink as the sharks circle the lifeboat. What not many people know is that there are open electrical outlets in airports that are there for cleaning crews if you know where they are. Usually, these outlets are just under the windows that overlook the landing strips so if you can secure a seat near these outlets, you can charge up your laptop and keep your lifeline to the world alive.
Travel Tip 2: Think Necessities
Business travellers also know how to take full advantage of resources that are made available to business travelers exclusively. Find hotels that cater to the traveling businessperson. These hotels will not have amenities for families nor are they trying to bring in busses of teenagers on the way to camp. So you can find a hotel with fewer young people making noise and being a nuisance when you are trying to focus on business.
Travel Tip 3: Turn Business Travel Into Free Vacations
In addition to using businesses that cater to the business traveler, take advantage of frequent flyer and priority clubs that many airlines and hotels offer. If you are going to travel a lot, you can rack up some credits on those clubs, which can result in upgrades to first class, better accommodations or free services when you stay at your selected hotels. They win because they capture your travel dollar and you win because you get pampered for a while.
Travel Tip 4: Make Extra Copies
Extra copies of travel documents can speed things up significantly, especially if you are leaving the country. Often when you are going through customs, you must surrender your passport so the customs agent can make a copy. So you make a copy before you get there and give it to them. With a quick scan, they can confirm that it is legitimate and have you on your way much quicker.
Travel Tip 5: Think Small, Think Local
You can gain many conveniences and reduce your hassles by using a less popular airport to come into town. By utilizing an airport in a smaller town nearby and renting a car, you get out of the congestion of traffic and can drive to your destination without the exposure to the masses all pushing and shoving to get through the major hubs.
Additionally, don’t overlook how public transportation can bail you out of dealing with a lot of traffic in large city situations. In large metropolitan cities such as Washington and New York, the subways work exceptionally well. If you can get out of the airport area via mass transit, you can find a rental car location in town and conduct your business with less wait and without the traffic jams that you would face at the airport. Plus airport rental car sites are more expensive than those in town.
Ready, Set, Jet!
These little tips can go a long way toward making your trip less of a hassle, less expensive and more successful. By knowing how to get around the big crowds and use the resources made available to business travellers, your trip will be more efficient, more relaxed and more successful.
It’s this philosophy of making business travel easy and hassle-free that inspired us to create the Ruebel Pilot. Our carry-on was designed to save you time and simplify your travel experience. In addition to its innovative garment hanging system, it has removable packing cubes for accessories and undergarments, and a separate compartment for shoes. As well, we have incorporated over-size exterior pockets for whatever you might need on the go, such as your phone, charger, travel documents, or laptop.