Road Warriorette Weekend Express

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an Weekend Express picinteresting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • This week’s tip is for all the less frequent fliers that are heading to the airport this week. One of the best ways to keep things moving at airport security is for everyone to be ready to go once they get to the front of the line. So make sure you have your boarding pass and ID ready to show the TSA officer before it’s your turn. Also, make sure your pockets are empty before you get to the x-ray machine. Finally, make sure anything you need to take out of your bag–whether it’s your laptop or liquids bag–is near the top and easy to remove.

Week in review:

Here are travel news stories that caught my eye this week:

Comments of the week:

  • This week I wrote a post about checklists for leaving the office before a business trip. @Kelly is our comment of the week and said Check and recheck visa requirements. Make sure you’re in order and have hard copies of electronic visa confirmation. Pay attention to business vs. tourist visa requirements. Often business visas aren’t as easy to secure and have different requirements than a tourist visa. I don’t recommend faking it (Colombia comes to mind as a learning experience)
    2. work out alternate travel plans in advance in case of irregular ops. I always have a backup plan that will still get me to my destination in time for my first meeting. I’ve used it more than i’d like to admit.
    3. notify credit card companies of countries you’re visiting. Most notifications can be made online now.
    4. determine how you will get local currency. If using a local atm – determine where one is located in airport. Figure out in advance how much local currency you request through atm (many currencies have a bunch of zeros and it gets confusing how much to request in the fog of jetlag) (Turkish lira comes to mind along with Japanese yen from personal experience)
    5. Notify your cell phone provider. Check online in advance to determine how to call a local call and a home based number. (In some countries you need to add a combination of 0’s and 1’s.
    6. Confirm and plan for any dress code requirements in advance (get someone to explain business attire in this country, is it ok for women to be in pant suit, head covering needed, do i need a gift for a host?”

Readers, chime in with what’s on your mind! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

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