Expert Tips for Business Travel

We started off 2014 with a bang when we hosted a Business Travel Tips Twitter chat in January, asking all road warriors for their best travel tips.

 

What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 pm PST on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic that we encourage participants to share advice on. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/

 

Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on the best tips for road warriors everywhere.

 

Playing Tourist
While it sounds impossible to some, many people who travel for work do in fact make time to see some of the sights when they’re on the road. Usually easier when in a big town, it’s no longer so outlandish for professionals to even arrive early just to play tourist.

  • @stevensullivan says he almost always does this when visiting a new city, but if it’s a place he’s visited before that’s not necessarily the case.
  • As a filmmaker, though, @goodglobalcitiz says she can never really be a tourist while traveling for her job, but she does note which cities and countries she wants to return to.
  • No matter what though, most #TripItChat participants said they always try the local food when they travel for work, a kind of culinary tourism.

 

Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be
Anyone who travels frequently for work will tell you that business travel isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Delayed flights, traffic, and being stuck in an endless array of conference rooms doesn’t necessarily make for pleasant travel experiences. But these folks are also pros at finding ways to take this pain out of travel.

  • Chat cohost and business travel expert @MiddleSeatView says she picks hotels carefully to help her in minimizing travel anxiety. She looks for well-located hotels with great room service, fast Wi-Fi, and ample desk space in the rooms – she swears that it makes a difference!
  • Practically speaking, @DTNEtiquette says to never take the last flight of the day since any delays or cancellations will affect it the most.
  • Finally, @banina9 stressed how important it is to be kind and patient when traveling. Not only will it keep you more relaxed, but you’re more likely to get travel assistance when you’re polite.

 

Better than most
Not all business trips are made the same; it’s safe to say that some destinations are just more fun than others.

  • @MsAdventurous says her favorite trip was to the very exotic Suzhou, China, where she even took a side trip to Zhouzhuang, the “Venice of the East.”
  • At the other extreme, @wanderingshane once had a work trip in St. Thomas, not a bad place to head for business at all!
  • Other favorite work trip destinations included Hawaii, New York City, Phoenix, Dublin, Sydney, South Africa, and even Greenland.

 

Clearly #TripItChat participants are a well-traveled group!

 

Best hotels for work
When we travel for leisure, hotels are an important refuge after a long day of sightseeing. But they’re even more important when we travel for work. Quick Internet access, comfortable rooms, and a helpful staff are all indispensable to today’s road warrior. Not all hotels are made the same though, and our chatters highlighted these amazing properties.

  • @MalloryOnTravel was blunt when he said any hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi access is where he stays. That’s an increasingly important luxury for almost all travelers and it’s sad that not all hotels offer this to their guests.
  • @TaraLynne71 said that hotels part of larger chains or networks are important to her for the points. If she’s traveling for work, she may as well get points towards free nights she can use on future vacations.
  • Kimpton Hotels got a lot of specific mentions, thanks not only to their amazing hotels and level of service, but for small details, like complimentary goldfish upon request.

 

Of course with TripIt Pro you can keep track of all of your hotel and airline miles in one easy spot.

 

Dream the impossible dream
While en route to some city we’d rather not visit, we’ve all fantasized about the ultimate dream business trip. I for one always hoped for a work getaway to the South Pacific, but while that never happened, I definitely wasn’t alone in my hopes and dreams.

  • @DropMeAnywhere hopes to be sent to Switzerland for Christmas, whereas @hjortur says he’s happy to go anywhere new.
  • @BrianEub was pretty specific in his desire for a Dresden, Germany business trip and @LakeMomster is pining after Australia.
  • Other popular dream business trip locales included: Morocco, Antarctica (!), Prague, Cape Town, Brazil, and Bora Bora.

 

Best of the best
To finish this exciting #TripItChat, we asked attendees to name their number one road warrior tip. The answers were amazing and while we can’t list them all, here are some of the highlights:

  • No carry-on! @Goodglobalcitiz says to, “Learn to carry everything on the plane.”
  • @katherinedally said to be Zen – a calm traveler is a happy traveler.
  • Be organized but don’t overpack says @sarahmclellanny.
  • And with perhaps the best advice of the chat: @anhnguy3n advised to, “Look good, work better, drink best.”