So your company is sending you to London – fantastic! Right? Well, it depends on how prepared you are for the experience.
If you are an ordinary business traveler, you can expect to be sent on a short, possibly overnight, stay.
You will probably be taking the red-eye flight, and in all likelihood, there will be a 6:00 am meeting with the executives of the partner company ready to judge you based on their first impression as you walk in the door.
Here are some tips:
Bring the chargers for all your electronic devices – Blackberry, Bluetooth, laptop and IPad.
When you arrive, have the hotel launder your travelling clothes while you wear your suit, and return home in the same outfit you wore the day before.
2.Streamline the experience.
Find out how much it costs to upgrade to the special membership option of the airlines you will be using.
While you will not want to check any luggage, in case you are required to do so, the upgrade will allow you to walk to the front of the line, saving you precious minutes.
Wear slip on shoes for the security checkpoint. If you have a laptop, remove it from your briefcase before you reach the conveyor belt. Have all your travelling documents in an easily accessible location at all times.
Will you be using a company credit card or will you be reimbursed for your expenses? In either case, get a receipt for every single transaction (that includes your Starbucks coffee) and keep them in the same secure location.
4. Be prepared.
If you are going to be travelling for more than five days, you will want to consider purchasing travel insurance.
Generally, your regular health insurance plan will not cover expenses incurred out of the country.
Atlas America Travel insurance offers coverage for emergency medical expenses (including accidental death and dismemberment and repatriation of remains), hospital indemnity, and trip interruption in case you need to return home sooner than expected.
Check out www.eatlasamericainsurance.com for information about physical therapy and lost luggage as well as terrorism coverage. Atlas America Travel insurance is underwritten by Lloyd’s insurance so you can be assured you are in good hands.
Remember, a car accident oversees could cost you several thousand dollars, but Atlas America Insurance offers insurance plans, starting under $1 per day.
Be sure to get insurance! Health care in America is exorbitantly expensive compared to most other nations.
Look into Patriot America Insurance which can cover your trip from 10 days to 2 years.
www.epatriotamericainsurance.com covers most medical expenses including evacuation costs.
Patriot America travel insurance offers a wide array of plans designed to meet your needs and budget, and allow you to seek treatment at the hospital or doctor of your choice.
Most of their information is designed to be easy to understand so that you are well informed.
Find out what the client is looking for, prepare your presentation in advance, and use the 9 hour flight to memorize it inside and out.
Coordinate your words with your slideshow so that you are clean and professional.
If asked a question you cannot answer, tell them you will look into it and get back to them – then do so!