Editor’s Note: This post is written by Keryn Thomson and provided by Corporate Travel.
The life of a business traveller is often less than glamorous. While you may be flying to a city built on mystery and romance like Paris, or journeying to Australia where the coastlines are besieged with sandy, white beaches, the likelihood of getting to experience any kind of culture on a corporate trip is doubtful. Before you start palming your trip off to the next candidate, there IS some unexpected perks that will make it all the worthwhile.
The time has come where you can finally scratch your number one bucket list country off your list. Only problem is – you’re only there for three days and it’s going to be filled with meeting after meeting. Now is the perfect opportunity to use some of your annual leave days to extend your adventure and immerse yourself in exotic cuisines, activities, sightseeing and building relationships with the natives. You’ll return home feeling refreshed and ready to complete any projects that have been put on hold.
Some clients aren’t always pleasant and do require some extra attention, however for the most part, business travel allows you to connect with some fascinating people throughout the corporate spectrum. Building relationships is all about forming and maintaining friendships with people who will not only provide great company but could also help you out down the line. These contacts can teach you, offer insights into your industry or get you connected to the right people. The important thing to remember is to talk to everyone you can as you never know how useful they will be to you in the future and vice-versa.
Flying business class
Yes, this may sound a bit indulgent but if you’ve ever experience laying down on a long haul aircraft you can relate when I say it’s nothing short of amazing. After all, red eye flights are aptly named for a reason. If you can lie down and catch some shut eye, you’ll feel more energised to work on projects during your flight and you’ll be less jetlagged when you leave the aircraft.
New cultures, cuisines and scenery
So you may not get to experience everything that you had in mind when your trip is bogged down by the grind, but it certainly reduces the culture shock if you intend to return on a leisure holiday. You’ll still get to invigorate your palate with sensational new gastronomies, observe and learn about the culture and bask in the interesting landscapes.
Getting a travel management company to do the hard work for you
While you would like to be person who can be trusted to organise flights, hotels, and transfers, sifting through the endless deal websites is incredibly time consuming and stressful if you are confined by a budget. This is where a business travel solutions company like Corporate Traveller comes in handy – yes they are still relevant. Corporate Traveller is a company who strive to make your travel faster, cheaper and reduce your carbon footprint. Organisations like this will also have strong relationships with overseas dealers who can offer discounts for corporations who want to save extra dollars.
What do you love about corporate travel? What do you hate? Tell us in the comments below.