While travelling at your
own company’s expense may be a perk, it does require some meticulous planning
on your part if you want it to go well. A travel checklist will see you through
and ensure that your business trip goes as smoothly as possible. If you have an
upcoming trip, you can take advantage of these tips to help you prepare:
Plan the trip
Determine who’s in charge of travel arrangements. Your company may expect you to do all the planning and shoulder the costs, with the promise of reimbursing you after the trip (provided you submit the necessary receipts, of course). If you’re lucky, your company will handle the details of your trip themselves from drop-off and pick-up to booking accommodations.
If you’re making your own arrangements and want
to save money, you should know that it is entirely possible. This is easier,
however, with groups. You can find a variety of cheap flights online and some airlines offer group discounts. For
accommodations, you can settle for a good Airbnb in place of a hotel —
especially if you’re travelling to an expensive city like New York, Paris,
Tokyo, or Toronto.
Get a bus tours in Toronto for airport pick-up and drop-off if you’re
travelling with a group. Though a taxi may suffice if you’re travelling alone,
it can be expensive if you have to take several to accommodate your entire group.
Produce an itinerary. Going to an unfamiliar place can be disorienting, even for a frequent traveller. This is especially so when you are on a tight schedule while dealing with work-related activities. Having an itinerary in place can help you make your experience as incident-free as possible.
Take note of details including:
Travel times (e.g. plane
and train schedules)
(somewhere close to work is ideal)
Hotel check-in and
Transportation (e.g. to
and from the airport and to and from work)
Contact person and their
Schedules and locations
of conferences, meetings, and other appointments