Getting ready for your first business trip abroad can be very stressful! I’ve put together a comprehensive list of items that can help you prepare, hopefully cutting down on your anxiety. The first installment covered passports, travel advisories, and vaccinations. The second installment covered food, transportation, and language. The third installment covered credit cards, currency exchange, points, and cell phone, data, and text plans. The fourth installment covered what to put in your carry-on for the travel. This time we’re talking about time changes, Visas, and Global Entry.
Time changes. Make sure you and the office you’re visiting are on the same page with scheduling times. It’s easy to get crossed
when scheduling things in different time zones. Manila is 14 hours ahead of Texas, but the office I visit works the night shift—that can get confusing fast! So be sure to double (and triple!) check schedules with the people you are working with. Not much is more frustrating than traveling a long distance only to find out they expected you there many hours earlier. I’ve had personal experience with time mix-ups in Manila—that was a bad day. (Pictured: Dual-time zone watch by Gotham)
Global entry. I’ve talked about Global Entry a lot, and in my experience it deserves every bit of praise it gets. For $100, you get five years of going through a kiosk for customs vs. waiting in the long lines. You also get five years of TSA Pre-check. Even if you only fly internationally once a year I think this is worth it. For those of you that go overseas often it is a must have.
Visas. Make sure you take care of any work visas you need BEFORE you leave. Your company travel department should be able to help you determine what documents you need and how to get them. If you don’t have a travel department check the US Department of State website which will tell you need for any country you travel to.
Google Earth- When you’re going somewhere you’ve never been, before you leave I recommend finding your hotel and office on Google Earth. Take a look at what’s going to be around you. This will help you find potential restaurants, places to shop for things you may need, etc. It also can help to relieve some of the stress of going to a place you’ve never been before since you can actually see the area where you’ll be going before you get there. Doing this definitely lessens my anxiety before traveling to a new international destination. Of course, if the area looks worse than you expected there is the potential for more stress, so keep that in mind!
That wraps up the series on preparing for your first international business trip. If there is anything you think we missed, leave us a comment and we will add it.
Readers, anything else someone would need to know before going on their first international business trip?
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