Les sept commandements des voyages d’affaires

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Business trips offer great opportunities: discover new horizons, develop your network and sometimes extend your stay by a few days. FCM Travel shares seven wise tips to leave with peace of mind.

We mostly travel alone

According to Flight Center Travel Group, solo business travelers now represent the largest category, accounting for 43% of bookings in 2023, an increase of 12% year-on-year. Among these travelers, 25% are women.

“Thousands of customers travel with us and their safety is of course our number one priority,” he explains. Christophe Hamonic, Managing Director FCM France, Switzerland and Spain. Although business trips generally go well, travelers can still encounter some difficulties.

By doing some research in advance, identifying potential challenges and staying in touch with colleagues, travelers can approach their trips with peace of mind. In addition, by using a travel management service provider, you benefit from the expertise of a partner who supports you every step of the way, from planning to return, with assistance available 24 hours a day for optimal monitoring .

The seven commandments

Search destination: Before booking a trip, it is important to research the destination and ask about any safety issues or potential risks. The website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAE), travel advice sites known as Smart Traveler and local authority websites are of great help in obtaining real-time advice on risks and the requirements of each destination.

These sites also provide advice on business and social habits in their region: what is polite in one country may be considered unacceptable in another.

Know the information related to your travel insurance. It is essential for business travelers to protect themselves and their business. When you travel, it is important to have the following information at hand: the company’s insurance number – the travel insurance telephone number, accessible 24/7 7 – a document summarizing what can be covered or no – a list of steps to follow in case of problem

Book a hotel with security and concierge services 24/7. To feel safe during a trip, the hotel’s security service helps prevent crimes and respond to any reported incidents. These services can also help travelers book safe transportation, navigate unfamiliar places, or suggest suitable itineraries for their free time.

Arrange an appointment with his colleagues at his destination. Before arriving, planning a meeting with colleagues can reduce time spent alone.

Check baggage for unknown Airtags. Although Airtags and other Bluetooth tracking devices are useful for tracking luggage, they can be a problem if it’s dropped by a stranger. To avoid this, travelers can use their smartphones to search for Airtags and stay connected for alert notifications if someone is nearby.

Use recognized service providers. To avoid being stuck with a weak connection in an unfamiliar location, travelers are advised to check with their service provider to see if they offer international roaming or purchase a “travel” SIM or eSIM card locally. Reliable 24/7 Internet access via roaming lets you take advantage of travel apps, which help organize your reservations, itineraries, translations and more.

Use your hotel business card in the local language to better communicate with taxi drivers. To avoid getting lost, travelers can pick up a business card from their hotel upon arrival. In this way, they can always return to their establishment by presenting it to their driver. It is also useful to bring the name, address and contact details of your accommodation to communicate with the locals or in case of emergency. (IT)

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