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How to Stay Sane on a Business Trip

If you spend enough time on the road or in the air, hotel rooms can start to feel like lonesome jail cells. Steven Kurutz writes for The New York Times with some tips to stay cheery. One thing to do is to forego room service as an excuse to get out and be around other human beings. As such, a hotel in the downtown area is preferable, so that sights and sounds are within walking …

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5 Business Travel Tips to Keep above Water

Avoid business exhaustion with these five tips from Dorie Clark in an article for Entrepreneur. The first one is to make yourself a travel checklist of things to remember, because your sense of pride at your great memory is not worth forgetting a laptop at a McDonald’s in Denver. On that same note, record your hotel room number somewhere so that it is one less thing you need to remember. If you get achy easily …

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How to Squeeze a Little Vacation into Your Business Trip

Ideally, any work that is worth traveling over should be a high priority, but is it so wrong to insert some sightseeing into the itinerary along the way? Kristin Wong offers tips to sneak in a tiny bit of vacation. First of all, learn in advance what attractions your destination offers, prioritize them, and figure out how to squeeze the top two or three into your work schedule. Resources like Frommer’s might help you plan. …

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4 Habits for Planning Business Travel

If you want the easiest and most cost-effective business trip possible, it will require some foresight. Dan Ruch has four tips for better planning strategy in an article for Inc. First, read your company’s travel policy to learn what exactly the business agrees to cover in expenses and the extent of coverage. Second, in spite of the multitude of travel websites that exist, most of them actually draw from the same pool of information and …

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Five Tips for Smarter Business Travel

There might be more options available to you for convenient business travel than you realize. Hazel David shares five tips in an article for The Telegraph. The first is to streamline your tech use, which could mean any number of things, such as using a virtual private network (VPN). Second is to acknowledge that hotel alternatives do exist, including not just Airbnb but also Onefinestay, the latter of which apparently offers cleaning services. Third, travel …

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How to Be Ready for Anything in Business Travel

Familiarity breeds contempt, and being completely lost in an unfamiliar situation is no fun either. As a result, regular business travel can be rough, but H.O. Maycotte shares the gamut of tips for Forbes to help. When it comes to booking, pick out an airline points program and stick with it as much as is practical. At the airport, avoid checking bags, pack toiletries in a clear bag, and apply for expedited traveler status wherever …

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When Work Leaves the Office: Keeping Up with Field Operations as Though You Were There

There are many industries in which field operations are a major part of the work, but that opens up some potential problems. Any time there is a separation between the head office and the field team, communications errors can lead to mistakes and wasted time. This can happen even when both sides are trying their best and understand what the goals are. The nature of business means that the segment of a project that involves …

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