Travelling for business purposes requires a measure of both elegance and efficiency. You want to give off a respectable impression to associates and remain comfortable at all times whilst in transit. The best way to achieve this is by upgrading your seats to first or business-class.
The extra provisions received with an upgrade offers a better chance to relax and perhaps even sleep when travelling. Conversely, the improved seating area in first-class areas also provides the opportunity to complete important business work, use a laptop computer and connect with people on the internet, specifically on trains and aeroplanes.
There are some further tips and benefits of business travel found at these websites below:
- CNN Guide to Business v First Class Travel
- Partner Plus Benefit Travel Incentives
- TripAdvisor’s Guide to Business Class Travel
As you’re travelling for business and not for leisure purposes, your timetable and schedule is likely to be fixed in place. If going on vacation, your arrival times may not be a concern for you; most people simply choose the cheapest option and adjust whilst you’re there
For a potentially vital business meeting, you cannot risk being tired, jet lagged or ill-prepared for such a trip however. Make sure you have plenty of time to adjust to your surroundings in relation to your travel times. For example, you may need to reach your destination to meet your client on a certain date at a certain time. This means you should book your journey to correspond with this arrangement.
In relation to air travel in particular, upgrading your seats from economy class can be extremely beneficial to your journey and perhaps even make the difference between securing a deal or not. Your whole experience will be made more comfortable, not only on the plane itself but also in the airport. This includes having your own luxury waiting rooms, access to shower rooms and priority boarding.
Your seating area is enlarged and seats are retractable, often up to 180° allowing you to lie flat and get some much needed sleep. This can be extremely important in preparation for a business meeting, especially if travelling overnight. In addition, food can be ordered at a time convenient to you and laptops with internet connection can be used in-flight as a bit of extra groundwork.
Of course, you will have your business attire and suitable shoes safely packed away in your main luggage case ahead of your meeting. There are some other items which you shouldn’t leave home without however. Think in terms of chargers for electrical items such as iPads, mobile phones and laptops. Also remember to carry a USB stick with you in case you need to transport important files.
Another useful item to pack is a wrinkle-release spray. Perfect for informal shirts and trousers, these sprays are a great antidote if you’re averse to ironing. Naturally, don’t forget to carry important business paperwork and contact information in preparation for the business trip.