As business travelers, you know that always being on the road is not always a glamorous affair, despite envious remarks from your friends and family. Business traveling can be quite draining, and often times you don’t even get to experience much of the city you’re in. In spite of the downfalls, however, there are some great things that make business travel worth it, and knowing some key tricks of the trade make it that much better. Here’s a list of some things you can benefit from knowing when on your next business trip.

man at airport

Rewards Programs:

This one might be a given; however, ensuring you’re making the best of rewards programs that are offered by airlines and hotels is a must. You’re racking up tons of points with your flights and hotel stays, so you might as well get something for it! Frequent flier points are available with most airlines. If you don’t want to stick with just one airline, opt for a credit card that is travel-based and gets you deals on your points.

Non-Stop vs Direct:

It might seem like common knowledge, but it’s easy to get confused with the technical terms. A direct flight is not the same as a non-stop flight. Direct flights might still stop, but you just don’t have to get off the plane at the stop, making it that much easier. However, having to transfer planes is far from fun and wastes time you could be spending at the hotel. Make sure you check before and book yourself a non-stop flight, getting you to your destination faster.

Tennis Balls:

hand tennis ballWhile you might not be a tennis player, or have time for it when traveling for business, bringing a tennis ball along with you on the flight is a great way to prevent stiffness. Rolling a ball under your feet or along your thighs is a great way to get blood flowing and prevent your muscles from getting sore, especially on longer flights. They’re light, easy to carry, and found mostly everywhere, so they make a great travel accessory.

Pack Light:

Developing a tactical and fast packing strategy is the best way to go when you’re traveling often for work. If your stay is luggagejust a day or two, try to pack so that you only need one or two pairs of shoes for your outfits, saving space and allowing you to take a carry-on bag rather than checking your luggage. If your stay is longer, be sure to pack more essentials like socks and underwear, as those things always come in handy when you least expect it.

Upgrades:

If you’re traveling during a non-peak season and business is slower in some areas, try your luck and ask for upgrades. At the check-in, the attendant might just get you that seat in first class. Also, try this at hotels when they’re not busy. If business is lagging, and they have a premium suite available, your chances of getting upgraded could be quite likely.

Try out some of these insider tips on your next business trip – you may just cash in big and get a luxurious experience!

Remember, Freeman Audio Visual has locations across North America, so no matter where your next presentation is, we can help you make it a memorable one!