With planes less comfortable and flying less glamorous, you need to simplify your travel plans. With the onslaught of COVID-19’s quarantine life, regular travel is no longer the norm. But soon we will all be emerging from our homes and need to meet with each other face-to-face. As someone who has nearly two decades of international business travel on four continents, I have many tips to offer, so buckle up. While most of my travel was for U.S. government work, these tips apply to all travelers. However, I wouldn’t be the traveler that I am without the teachings from Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Sir Graeme Lamb; they were masters at arriving ready to work when they stepped off the plane and at accomplishing a lot during a short trip.
GETTING READY TO TRAVEL
The first step of a successful trip is planning the trip. Whether you have an assistant or do it on your own, a checklist is essential so you don’t miss something important. Feel free to use this article as your new checklist.
If you can’t squeeze business class out of your host or boss, then pick a seat that allows you to get on and off quickly. I like the aisle seat near the front, but ensure there is a seat in front of you unless you have long legs. If you have a few extra bucks and really need to rest on a flight, always check to see how cheap the first or business class flights are the day you travel. I have paid as little as $50 to upgrade to a first-class seat so I could sleep.
If you don’t have it, you are wasting about an hour or two every time you travel in security screening. Always bring two forms of ID. I suggest carrying your passport for domestic travel, just in case you get re-routed overseas on an emergency trip.