Business Travel Tips
by Kathleen Ameche
The Top Five Business Traveler
Nightmares – and How To Prevent Them
Business travel is on the rebound. As the economy continues to grow, companies
are unleashing their employees to travel to seek opportunities and work with
clients and customers all over the world. Increased numbers of business travelers
bring problems as well. Travel delays and other obstacles simply increase
with volume, and the more you travel, the more you suffer from them.
But preparation can at least equip every business traveler with the tools
to master the business travel environment and reduce or eliminate the obstacles
to a successful business trip.
Here Are My Top 5 Business Travel Nightmares -- and How To Prevent or
Deal With Them:
- You’re in danger of missing your flight: you’re stuck in the security
line because you didn’t know about some recent rule changes. Today, 3-1-1
is the mantra of the business traveler. If you want to carry on – remember
containers of liquid holding no more than 3 ounces, all in 1 (and only 1)
quart size zip lock bag. But these rules change all the time. Keep up to
date on the government carry-on restrictions. It takes a few minutes at home
on your computer before you head to the airport. The best resource to use
is www.tsa.gov. Another
alternative would be your airline’s website – if you check in on-line, then
it’s just an additional click of the mouse.
- Your flight’s been cancelled, you’re in danger of missing that critical
client meeting and you’re 30th in line at the customer service desk.
As a standard practice, your travel agent’s, preferred airline’s or website’s
customer service number should be in your cell phone speed dial. At the first
hint of a delay, contact one of them directly and ask for the flight status.
They have access to information that you don’t and can start working on alternatives
for you. If your flight is cancelled, there are only going to be so many
seats available on alternative flights, and your objective is to get one
of those coveted seats before anyone else does. One early phone call can
get you there.
- You are receiving the cold shoulder because you used the six words
that every ticket or gate agent despises. “Do you know who I am” are
the six most lethal words any passenger can use. A gate or ticket agent,
unlike your colleagues or your clients or customers, doesn’t care who or
how important you are. What’s important to them is your name and flight information,
which they have in front of them. So leave your “status” at home. Kindness,
deference, respect and a little empathy go much farther as a business traveler
than self-importance when dealing with airline personnel. They are the gatekeepers
with a lot of discretion, and treating them properly can make them much more
interested in helping you when one of the inevitable flight problems arises.
- You just realized you can’t rent a car (or possibly even get home)
because you’ve dropped your only form of identification in the airport that’s
2000 miles away. Remember that you can’t rent a car without a driver’s
license and can’t board a plane without your ID. Thus, you must keep your
ticket and your ID in a secure place with easy access at all times on the
road. Get something to put around your neck or, if that’s not stylish enough,
try a separate case, such as the A-Way Ticket Tote. A little expenditure
for something that will keep your ID in the same place all the time will
be a big help in preventing a disaster or at least keep you from worrying
- You and your colleagues have been discussing a confidential strategy
the entire flight only to find that your competition has been listening from
the row behind you. Business colleagues typically discuss their business
when they travel together, and if they are going on a trip for a specific
purpose, their discussion will probably center on that purpose. But on an
airplane you have no idea who is listening nearby. Just be sure that you
are guarded enough that you would not be embarrassed or your business harmed
if your words were published in the newspaper. Be discrete; you really never
do know who is listening to you.
Known nationally as “the Woman Road Warrior”, Kathleen Ameche, author
and CEO of A-Way Travel Gear and The Ameche Group LLC has developed business
travel strategies guaranteed to keep both the occasional and frequent business
executive traveler safe, secure and sane!
For a slew of travel products developed from the input of travelers
Kathleen met on the road and at speaking engagements go to: http://www.awaytravelgear.com/emporium
The Ameche Group LLC website is here - http://www.amechegroup.com/index.html
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