Tips for Business Travels During the Holidays

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With the holidays on our heads, not all of us get to spend Christmas and New Years with our families and friends. We might have to hit the road for business. Business trips can be exhausting and bumpy during the holidays especially. While most of the world is celebrating and relaxing than getting into a plane, you can’t even push business to the next month, business doesn’t wait till your holidaying gets over. So for those of you who are stuck in the conference rooms and have to miss out on the homely comforts, here are some tips you may want to use:

  • Try to arrive to the destination a night before and go explore the city. Every city is differently lit up during this time of the year. Paris, Los Angeles, New York, or Vienna, every place has its own festivities and brightly colorful Christmas markets typical to those towns.
  • Jet lag can ruin your mood and kill the whole holiday spirit, especially when you are flying to a different time zone. So go to bed early or late as per the destination you are headed to, so that your body can get used to the new place and its time zone.
  • Make sure you have enough time to sleep and recharge your body to be able to perform well in the meeting. It is very important to keep your phone away as much as possible, and take deep breaths. Resting even for a few minutes, just my closing your eyes can help you save energy and stay fresh during your meetings.
  • If you are travelling to a foreign place with a whole new native language, you can download a few audio books that you can listen to in the flight. Studies show that the mind can pick up a few phrases just by a hearing a new language. It always proves helpful in a new city.
  • Back in the office, you could ask your assistant or colleagues to cover up for you while you are away so that you don’t miss out on anything important.
  • You may not want your emails piling up when you are back from your little business trip, so put aside some correspondence time to clear out your inbox and address the important mails out of the rest.
  • Activate your mail on auto-responder so that you can let people know you’re away without feeling the pressure to answer immediately.
  • Keep a kit full of essential travelling items, medicines and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.

Enjoy your holiday business meetings!


Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.