A recent study carried out by AirPlus revealed that nearly half of corporate travellers in a survey view travelling both as a form of motivation as well as frustration. The study also throws light on the growing need for senior management to understand the frustrations of travelers, whilst at the same create a meaningful business travel management program that lowers costs and encourages employees to support the same. Here are ten frequent frustrations of business travellers and how to deal with them effectively in a two-part series blog:
- Losing your way, searching for the best hotels, restaurants or bars may eat up a lot of your time and energy, especially if you are new to the place and don’t know the local language. A personalized travel guide comprising Google suite (Maps, Explore Flights, Trips, Translate Mobile, Calendar & Keep), expert travel blogs & vlogs, online guides, and reviews is a saviour in most cases. There are hundreds of web and mobile business travel apps that enable easy and quick access to travel information, some of them free and few paid.
- Consider ‘ePassport gates’ feature: if your trip is managed by a DIY travel arranger, you will get to know the legal requirements and compliances regarding customs upfront so that you can probably clear customs if you have ‘nothing to declare’. A highly effective travel management suite like Tripeur will ensure travelers are looked after and updated at all times.
- Flight delays and having to wait long hours at the airport can be frustrating, to say the least, especially when you are bound by tight schedules and endless client meetings and calls. Though there is not much you can do about it, you can plan yourself for possible disruptions by buffering in sufficient travel time. If you’re a frequent traveller, you may already do this. In addition, you could also add a few to-do items in the list, hoping to reduce the waiting time and take some load of your stress.
- The Airplus study also revealed that the time spent away from your kith and kin can be quite stressful. Although an unavoidable situation, you should still be able to touch base with them via a good internet and mobile connection while you’re away, particularly if the trip is a lengthy one. This can lower the stress levels, improve the travel experience, and, overall, make it more productive and gratifying.
- Ensure you know to get over long journey times: don’t be tied to the desk, drink sufficient water and take things along that will keep you amused over the long stretch, giving you a welcome break time.
Let’s discuss more preventative steps to help when things fall out of travel plans.