Some Things Business Travelers Should Not Leave Behind

With planes to catch, endless security lines to navigate, car rentals to book, and the need to keep up business expense documents, business travelers may sometimes dread the next trip. Making your business travel go more smoothly is the job of GTI business travel consultants. Here are some of our suggestions for things business travelers should not leave behind:

Wifi HotspotThings Business Travelers should not leave behind - GTI Travel

One sure way to waste time on a trip is to lose the ability to contact clients and business associates. While a business traveler can sometimes rely on good WiFi in hotels and airports, they won’t have to worry about finding a good connection or pay extra fees if they carry their own company hotspot.

Medicines But Not Shampoo

Or a hairdryer, or soap, or anything else you can reasonably expect to find at a hotel. Business travel will be easier if a traveler packs light and goes carry-on only. If they do forget something, they can often get it from the front desk attendant at the hotel. Unsure what to leave behind when traveling abroad? Ask your international travel consultant for country-specific recommendations.

Navigation System

While travelers can sometimes get a GPS with a rental car, companies often tack on hidden fees each day of use. Moreover, a system in a car won’t help if you are walking or taking public transportation. A better option is to use your smartphone’s maps app and download maps of the area ahead of time.

Spare Business Clothes in Carry-on

Spills happen, and so do flight delays that can cause the outfit that looked great in the morning to look rumpled and unkempt. One tip from travel planners in Philadelphia is to keep not only spare business clothes with you, even if you do check a bag. They also suggest business travelers keep these items for freshening up:

  • Small lint roller.
  • Spot remover.
  • Colgate Whisp disposable toothbrush to get rid of coffee breath.
  • Facial wipes for freshening up.

BYO Caffeine Fix

Standing in line at the Starbucks can take forever at an airport. While a traveler still might want to do that if they have a long layover, it doesn’t hurt to try this tip: bring an insulated mug and fill it up with hot water for free at any airport eatery. Then the traveler can add their own favorite tea or even Starbucks Instant Coffee.

Understanding Company Travel Policies

Business travelers need to follow company policies to make sure their expenses are reimbursed. The clearer the policies, the better. If your company policies need some sprucing up consider using a travel management consulting service. Management services can help your company:

  • Develop best practices travel policies.
  • Educate employees about travel.
  • Help your company save money on travel.
  • Assist in travel policy evaluation.

Personalized Help

Lastly, the most important thing that business travelers need is someone they can call 24/7 for questions, help in an emergency, or assistance in changing reservations. GTI corporate travel management agency specializes in providing business travelers all the assistance they need so that you have peace of mind and they do too.

7 Reasons Why You Should Use a Travel Agent for Your Next Business Trip

Use Travel Agents for your next Business Trip - GTI TravelWith the availability of online booking, you may wonder if your business should use a travel agent. Perhaps you are unsure whether that will save your company money. Here are 7 reasons using a corporate travel agent is still the best idea for your next business trip:

Better Travel Deals

One thing that most people don’t know is that the very best deals on travel are only offered to travel agents with specialized connections to services. Moreover, as we all know, getting the cheapest deal on travel may not always be the best choice if the layovers lose the traveler time or hotel accommodations are not clean, safe or centrally located.

Saves Time

Looking for travel reservations online takes time, especially when business travelers are looking for a particular itinerary or are trying to save money. Expert travel agents often can make better travel arrangements and often can make a better itinerary because they know the layout of a city without having to read various reviews and look at maps. Letting an expert take care of the travel arrangements saves the business travel time that they can better spend getting ready for meetings.

Personalized Attention

When you use GTI Travel, you will have 24/7 access to a live person in the case of any need to:

  • Change flights.
  • Book a different hotel.
  • Locate something you forgot.
  • Take care of an emergency situation.

Expert Advice

Global travel agents have personal experience and access to information that can make your business travel safer, easier and much more pleasant. Even if you’ve been to a city many times before or spend hours researching, you probably still won’t have the up-to-date information they have about:

  • Best service at hotels.
  • Highest quality restaurants and meeting rooms.
  • Easiest travel within a city.

Higher Quality at Cheaper Prices

Want to save money? A travel management company has the clout to leverage their client’s upgrades or special services at bargain prices. Moreover, they buy in volume and so can often get deals that you couldn’t get online.

Help When You Need It

Unfortunately, lots of things can go wrong on a business trip. You can have a layover, a health emergency, a change in meeting plans or baggage that doesn’t show up. If you buy your tickets online, you are on your own, but with a travel agent at your side, you have someone that you can go to for help. GTI international global consultants have offices worldwide with specialists who can take care of any emergency, to make sure that a business traveler makes it to and from their destination safely and on time.

Help With Travel Policies

Have a small business? Wondering what is the best way to save the most money on business travel? GTI’s Small Business Travel Management services provide not only travel agent services for booking business travel but also:

  • Help in evaluating your travel policies for best practices of your industry.
  • Assistance in setting up travel policy management.
  • Evaluation tools to help you assess the cost effectiveness of your business travel.

The bottom Line? To have better, safer, cheaper business travel be sure to use an agent. Read more about our business travel management services here