Business trips can be extremely lucrative when accomplished properly. Of course, there are certain things to consider before you go on your trip if you want it to be successful. Here are some tips when it comes to traveling abroad.
1. Learn the etiquette in the area
Every country has unique traditions and customs that you need to be aware of in order to conduct business in the area properly. In some areas, it’s customary to wait until after dinner to talk business, in some areas it’s not acceptable to chew gum, and in other areas you may be expected to bow or take a business card in a specific manner. You don’t want to accidentally insult someone or embarrass yourself. Read up on the customs of the area you will be traveling to before you go. You’ll thank yourself when you avoid an awkward encounter at a business meeting.
2. Learn common phrases
Even if you do not know the entire language, it’s important to learn some of the common phrases that you will use frequently. It shows a genuine attempt to learn about the culture and an attempt to communicate with the people you are doing business with.
3. Stay connected
If you’re doing business, you will likely need to make important phone calls and send e-mails during the trip. Talk to your cell phone provider to learn about how to have service throughout the duration of your stay. Be sure to talk to your hotel about how to connect to their Wi-Fi while you’re there as well.
4. Plan ahead
You don’t want to go on a business trip and appear unorganized. Plan everything out in advance. Plan the flights, hotel, your rental car, passport, and the business meetings well in advance so that the people you are doing business with can plan properly themselves. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice on where to have your meetings and things to see while you’re in the area. However, if you do get advice, be sure to take the initiative to make the necessary reservations.
Of course, you want to give yourself time in your itinerary to explore the destination. This is especially true if you haven’t been there before. This also gives you the opportunity to socialize with your business colleagues.
5. Protect yourself
You want to be protected while you go on a business trip. If something happens to you abroad, it can be much more devastating than if it happens to you while at home. Look into travel insurance to protect the things most important to you, such as your laptop and debit cards. It can also help you in the case of an emergency in the area if you need to leave unexpectedly.
Even for healthy people, it’s also a good idea to talk to your doctor about anything you should be aware of when traveling to the foreign country. Some areas are prone to specific diseases that may require a vaccination. If you are unhealthy, you will need to talk to know who to contact in the case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to take extra medication in the case that you have to stay longer than expected.
You can make great business deals overseas while also exploring the world. Follow these suggestions, and you’re sure to come back home with a deal in your pocket and a smile on your face.