Tips for International Business Travel
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Traveling internationally for business should something to look forward to.
Going to a foreign locale is often an adventure, but business travel can also be more stressful than just traveling to a foreign country for pleasure.
One of the biggest stressors is dealing with jet lag. It’s hard to conduct any sort of business when you are tired — be it at home or abroad. However, representing your company and trying to do business while fighting of the effects of a 14-hour flight are often challenging.
Adding to the jet lag is dealing with conducting business in a foreign place where customs and practices can often be different from how they are at home.
Therefore, preparation is key and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers provides its members with some sage advice on the topic that all business travelers can put to use.
“When you travel abroad for business, you are essentially an ambassador, representing both yourself and your organization,” writes Emily Frangenberg, “You run the risk of appearing naïve, or offending the people you want to impress, without the correct preparation.”
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One of the most important steps is planning ahead according to Frangenberg. She advises business travelers not to wait until the last minute to begin making arrangements.
“If this is your first time traveling out of the country, make your travel plans at least two months in advance to give yourself enough time to gather the necessary travel documents,” she writes. “If you need to apply for or renew your passport, the routine processing time in the U.S. can be up to six weeks. You may also need to obtain visas if you are traveling to certain countries.”
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