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7 tips for surviving an international business trip

Once your business begins to grow, international traveling is a necessity. Promoting your business or building relationships with suppliers can be quite a hassle, especially when you have to go through a long-haul flight. Here are some tips to help you get the most comfortable experience possible when going on a business trip.

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1. Double check all your documents:

Make sure your passport has at least six months until it expires and there are at least two blank pages, otherwise you can get into trouble in some countries. Provide the photocopy of your passport and identification document to your assistant, relatives or partner, in case something happens or you lose your passport.

2. Learn the local culture:

It might not seem important, but trust us, it is. You would eventually have to make small talk with someone, a colleague or a taxi driver, so it's helpful to know local news.

3. Pack light and smart:

When it comes to business trips, they usually last from three to seven days; so you don't need to pack a huge suitcase to survive a business trip, especially if you have an international multi-leg flight. Pack light, take a carry on and make sure to avoid checking the baggage in.

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4. Clothes do make a man (especially a businessman):

Remember to pack appropriate clothes that you will wear on occasion. You can also get a small handy iron to keep your suits or skirts looking good after a suitcase. For a flight, you can wear something comfortable, but if you are traveling with colleagues or meeting a client at the airport, make sure to look appropriate and clean.

5. Get to know the area:

Going on a business trip doesn't mean all you have to do is work. You can go out and visit interesting places in your free time. You can use travel apps to find cool spots in the city you're staying in and have a good time too. Just be smart and don't go overboard.

6. Stay healthy:

Don't dive into the local culture or food right on. Remember that your body is not used to sudden changes. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer. Carry a pack of wet wipes to cleanse your seat area of the plane or surfaces in the hotel room.

7. Cell connection and roaming:

If you work for a major company, make sure your firm sets you up with an international voice and data plan for your cell phone. Be aware that if you have roaming, you risk the chance of spending hundreds of dollars. Alternatively, you can avoid this by getting a plan with Pond Mobile to stay connected and prevent huge bills.

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