How to Make the Most of Your Time When Traveling
When you’re traveling for business and have a list of meetings to attend, time is certainly of the essence. It only takes one missed flight or a long cab line at the airport or train station to make you late and throw off your whole itinerary. This is why it’s important to have a few time-saving tips up your sleeve.
Use these five tricks to beat the clock on corporate business trips and impress your managers with your productivity.
1. Rethink Your Luggage
The first step in minimizing wait times at airports is to be smart about packing. If you don’t already have a light-weight, rolling suitcase that meets carry-on regulations, now’s the time to purchase one! When you know you’ll be pressed for time after your flight lands, it’s best to have your suitcase on hand so you can skip baggage claim and hit the road. This is also a great way to save your company money, as most airlines are beginning to charge for any and all checked baggage.
2. Saving Time at the Airport
There are a few different ways that you can streamline your airport experience even further. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program is the perfect option for road warriors who are frequently traveling to foreign countries. Pre-approved, low-risk travelers are able to quickly receive clearance at an electronic kiosk upon returning to the U.S., instead of waiting in long lines at customs.
The Global Entry program also allows you to use Transportation Security Administration PreCheck lines for expedited screening when you’re catching a flight. A dozen domestic airlines participate in PreCheck as well, so ask your preferred carrier if you qualify for a frequent flyer program.
3. Schedule Your Rides in Advance
Why waste time waiting in cab lines when you can schedule a car service ride in advance with GroundLink? Whether you need a ride to the airport or to a business dinner, you can easily arrange to have a car pick you up at a set time and location.
“GroundLink has multiple booking options available, so you can make a reservation on our mobile app, through our website or by phone through our 24/7 Customer Service Center,” explained Dean Sivley, GroundLink’s CEO. “With GroundLink’s on-time guarantee and flight tracking, you can rest assured that you’ll get picked up on time when you land and are taken to your destination without any unnecessary waiting.”
“Get the lay of the land before heading to meetings.”
4. Research Your Destination
If it’s your first time in a new city, it’s best to get the lay of the land before you head off to a meeting. Ask the concierge at your hotel for a map of the area or pick one up at the airport. Plot out the location of your hotel and the offices you’ll be traveling to, as well as any nearby ATMs and coffee shops.
For business meetings or dinners, book a car service ride in advance with GroundLink. You’ll be able to track your vehicle’s location on a real-time updated map and you can also track your ride once you get in the car using the GroundLink mobile app. When you have a clear idea of where you are heading, you’re less likely to get lost or disoriented. By being prepared and planning your trips in advance, you’ll be able to remain calm and collected come time for your important meetings.
5. Break Down To-Do Lists
You probably have a rough itinerary of what you need to accomplish on your trip, but you can save yourself time and hassle by breaking it down further. Plot out the various parts of each task and assign due dates for each component. For example, if you have a business lunch, plot out a timeline for making a reservation, booking your GroundLink transportation, having your suit ironed and heading to the establishment. It may seem like a lot of work, but a detailed schedule will help avert any unexpected crises.