Ensuring your Business Trip Runs on Time
Business trips can undoubtedly be a tricky affair; with deadlines to meet, conferences to attend or presentations to give, punctuality is essential, so saving time throughout every aspect of your journey is a sure fire way to ensure you get to where you need to be, on time.
Unfortunately, transport can sometimes fail us when we most need it to work; trains can be cancelled, flights can be delayed and cabs can break down, but here are just a few smart decisions to make which can help to smoothen out your journey and get you there as quickly and hassle-free as possible.
If you are going to be driving to the airport with the intention of leaving your car parked near the terminal, booking in advance with a trusted airport parking zone provider is a safe and secure way to ensure your vehicle is in good hands, whilst getting within a good vicinity of the airport. These companies often have a wide range of services, such as a ‘meet and greet’ service which allows you to drive right to the terminal and have your vehicle collected and taken to the private parking zone by a chauffeur. This is a really popular option for business travellers, as it means taking less time out of your day to get to the airport. Being able to drive straight to the terminal entrance is a far more efficient way to get there than public transport or even parking and taking a shuttle bus.
If your flight is in the early hours of the morning, or at a particularly busy ‘peak’ time during the day, it’s wise to book a taxi in advance, should that be your preferred method of transportation. All good taxi companies take advanced bookings, whether you are booking the day before or a week in advance. If you do choose to book days or even a week before your date of departure, be sure to call back the evening before your flight to confirm your booking and ensure your cab will be on time.
Getting to the airport on time is all well and good, but your success will quickly crumble if you leave behind any of the items you need to fly. Do final checks and assign specific places in your zip up jacket pockets or carry-on bag for your passport, boarding pass and print out of any online book-ins. If you’re guilty of taking too much luggage then try to confine your baggage to mere hand luggage. This will save you heaps of time checking in and some airlines even allow you to check-in online if you only have hand luggage.
If you are planning to rent a vehicle for the duration of your business trip, it’s always wise to have a car reserved. You can book online or over the phone, and likely have an assigned vehicle waiting for you once you reach the terminal, then you simply pay the fee and drive the vehicle away; simple! Some airlines offer deals on car hire if they have a partnership with a car rental firm, enquire to see the best ways of saving.
Keeping to a strict schedule and deadlines when travelling internationally can be hard, but hopefully this guide will help to streamline your journey. Please note, we cannot be held accountable for over sleeping or airline cancellations; I’m afraid they’re out of our hands!
This guest post was written by Stephanie Staszko on behalf of MF Airport Parking. Check out the site for competitive rates on meet and greet parking; perfect for the business traveller who’s always running a little late!
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