Are you planning for a trip overseas? If you’re hoping to have a successful business meeting, it’s important to keep these international travel tips in mind. Ask yourself the following questions before getting ready for your first-class flight. Executive Class Travel helps businesspeople around the globe travel without a hitch with our unbeatable prices and our helpful business tips for traveling internationally.
Have you checked for travel alerts?
The U.S. Department of State issues travel warnings and alerts. They also offer helpful international travel safety tips, which should be observed and reviewed before you go abroad, whether you’re leaving for business or for pleasure.
Are your necessary travel documents ready?
Nothing’s worse than being caught in customs. Everyone knows to bring their passport, but that’s not always enough. If your passport expires in less than six months, you may be denied entry to some nations, such as nations within the European Union. Also, be sure to apply for the appropriate work visas within the country you’re flying to. Finally, make sure you and your entire team has several copies of your most up-to-date itinerary.
Do you have access to money abroad?
Credit cards will often send out a fraud alert, so make your bank aware of your travel plans ahead of time. They may send out the fraud alert anyway. Having foreign cash may be a good idea, but too much cash may be wasted in the currency exchange or stolen. Regardless, one should be fairly familiar with local currencies and exchange rates. Traveler’s checks are also recommended.
Have you familiarized yourself with the local business customs?
Americans are famous for assuming that international business etiquette is the same as American business etiquette. Have you brought a gift? Have you brought many, freshly-pressed business cards? These factors are important, depending on where you are going. Take the time to learn about the proper way to greet, engage, and negotiate with your business partners.
Do you have a translator lined up (when applicable)?
Pay attention to whether or not your company is providing the translator. One shouldn’t necessarily expect that a hosting company will provide one.
Have you learned about potential faux pas in that country?
Touching someone’s head is insulting in India. Stuffing a business card into one’s pocket after receiving it is considered rude in Japan. Don’t aggravate your business associates by using the wrong body language or expressions unintentionally. Take the time to learn about international business etiquette, including what is considered polite and what is considered insulting.
Have you brought a power adapter?
Out of all of these international travel tips, this is probably the one most often overlooked: Make sure you have the right adapter for the right voltage.
Do you have a cell phone that will work abroad?
Roaming fees can be outlandish. If you plan to stay for a fairly long time, purchasing a pay-per-use cell phone abroad might be more cost effective. However, there are plenty of options nowadays for upgrading your cell so that it’s usable abroad. Explore these options early. In addition to cell phone and data usage, you’ll also want to check your Internet connectivity options before your trip.
Have you been vaccinated recently?
Vaccinations are required for entry to some countries, and recommended for quite a few more. Plan to get your shots several weeks or months in advance. While abroad, stay healthy by drinking only bottled water and avoiding certain foods like salads.
Do you have the local emergency contact information? Do you know where to find help?
The 911 emergency number is not international. Find out about its equivalent in your destination. Note that there may not be one. For instance, India does not have a nation-wide emergency number. In such a case, find the local emergency hotline in the city you are visiting. You should also have the local U.S. Embassy contact information handy, too, in the event that you lose your passport.
Do you know any key phrases in the local native tongue?
Whether or not English is commonly used, it’s polite to learn some key phrases in the local native language. Learn the local version of “hello,” “please,” “thank you,” “nice to meet you,” “help,” “I don’t understand” and other important words and phrases. Note that in some cultures, conjugation depends on the formality of the situation, who is speaking, or who is being spoken to. Be sure your pronunciation and conjugation is sound.
Is your business class flight far enough in advance of your meeting?
Here are a few international air travel tips: Plan on being jet-lagged and extreme tired, unless you happen to have a cheap first-class ticket where you can enjoy in-flight sleep. It may take some time to get acclimated to the new time zone. Many successful businesspeople get extra rest before they leave.
Have you double-checked your itinerary?
Be sure that your reservations are in place. Note that in some countries, it is a business custom to confirm a meeting several days in advance.