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Business Travel

Updated 05/27/2017


  Once upon a time travel was fun ... then the world 
  changed. Seats were bad, service was openly
  combative, prices were bad, refunds few, rules
  encouraged driving, travel was punishment and
  you might not see your bags again IF you landed
  where you were supposed to.


  So what mistakes are travelers making during their trips?

    1.  Not getting enough sleep
  Especially if traveling overseas on business.  Never conduct a meeting
  in a lounge with comfortable chairs without enough sleep the night
  before.  Next thing you know it's 24 hours before you can get on the
  next flight but you checked luggage is safely arrived back home.

    2.  Assuming you know the visa requirements
         Nothing like being denied boarding due to a Custom gotcha at midnight
         in a foreign country.  Things to have:  CIA World Factbook, US Dept of
         State Travel Alerts, UK Foreign Travel Advice site, Center for Disease
         Control and a global religious holiday calendar app.


    3.  Not being prepared
         Check that you have: shoes, toiletries, your/spouse's lipstick, battery
         charger, phone, computer.  Don't leave home without them, except
         maybe the lipstick.


    4.  Last Minute Hotel Reservations
         Good hotels and well-priced rooms go fast especially months ahead of
         a major convention or event.  Plan on finding any room miles away and
         get to know the cab drivers early for better service, and don't skip on the
         tip!


    5.  Keep Addresses Handy
         Use your smartphone to find the address you're going to.  Watch out for
         the periodic turn left here and it's a one-way street going to the right.

    6.  Scheduling Leisure
         Especially on longer solo trips, have some downtime to refresh yourself.
         Doing leisure before a business trip can steal your restful leisure benefit.


    7.  Red-eye Flight; who needs a hotel
         Watch out for the no rooms available until after 3:00 PM or later to kill
         your sleep ... you want to arrive at the airport awake and functioning.


    8.  Get Global Entry

         This simple application gives you pre-approved clearance to breeze 
         through immigration.  Some major credit cards will extend you a credit
         for the fee.


    9.  Double Check Your Flight Coupons
         Forgetting to consider changes in time zones, travel times to an airport,
         to a hotel, the correct flight and that it is still scheduled, etc.


  10.  Flying Non-Stop
         Having time at the hotel to refresh and unpack can allow you a better
         evening thus better morning.


  11.  No Speaka de Language
         Know some basic keywords for the country you're going to, such as:
         Yes, No, Help, Doctor, Police, Hotel, Taxi, and Eat for starters.


  12.  Delays to Print Simple Things
         Printing something at a hotel or other locations can be near impossible.
         Print needed documents once your plans are locked down while at home.


  13.  Breakfast in the Morning
         Ensure you know the times and where it is and if it comes to the room or
         you go to it.  Different countries have different processes and customs.


  14.  Passports are Gotta Haves
         A lost Passport, if there is a US Embassy in town, can take 3-4 business
         days.  Keep them locked in the hotel room safe when not needed.
         Passports are not required for travel limited to the United States, despite
         the feeling some places are in a foreign country.

  15.  Know Your Calling Plan
         Long distance in the US is nothing on a cell phone.  Long distance in a
         foreign country can cost you dearly, sometimes more than the room
         charges.


  16.  Last Minute Planning
         Whatever you do, however detailed you are, you will be miserable.

  17.  Travel Light
         Being dependent on items that are not essential will hurt your trip.

  18.  Good Comfortable Shoes
         Armies move on their feet and thus have a good boot.  Think about the
         footwear you will need for long days of walking.


  19.  Get Emergency Medical Insurance
         Medical care is not uniform. Ensure you have automatic coverage for
         emergency medical evacuation insurance as you never know what may
         happen.  Also be aware of rare food encounters from around the world.


  20.  Budget some Fun Time
         Think about a "me day" to end a trip with.

  21.  Security Processes
         Prior to any air travel, visit TSA.gov for current requirements pertaining to
         carry-on limitations (types of materials, quantity, size, specific items, etc.)
         in addition to any constraints on checked items.  As an added precaution,
         check for any special documentation you may need for yourself, family
         members, or items you are carrying into the cabin or as checked luggage.
         Understand these requirements are subject to change and should be checked
         periodically prior to any flight. Because there is volatility in these requirements,
         carry a printed copy showing date with you should there be any disagreement.
         Check with the security requirements at international airports you will arrive or
         depart at or contact the Embassy for those countries in Washington, DC.


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