Travel isn’t all about leisure, all of the time. Sometimes, we have to go for business. Although it’s technically working, a business trip is a great way to see the world. As long as you plan correctly! If you’re clever about organising your trip, then you may still get to enjoy your time away. One of the most popular destinations for business vacations is the US. With some of the biggest and busiest cities in the world, it’s no real surprise. To help you get the most out of your time away, I’ve put together this handy guide. Here’s how to organise a business trip in the US.
Visas and Travel Documents
You need to make sure that they’re actually going to let you in the country before you book anything at all. Those visiting America on business may have to apply for a visa and other travel documentation. It’s important to see what the laws are before you book up flights or accommodation. Applying for a visa can take some time, so be sure to do this well in advance. If your colleagues have visited the US on business before, ask them for some advice. What did they need to do? How long did it take? All of their answers will help you to get it right first time.
Booking Flights and Accommodation
Once you’re happy that you can actually get into the country, it’s time to book those flights and accommodation. Some companies may entrust this job to a member of HR or a personal assistant. Other times, you may be asked to do it yourself. Firstly, find out if there is a particular protocol for booking flights and accommodation. You may have a strict budget or have to do so through a recommended supplier. Next, find out what’s covered. Are you allowed to fly business class? Will you be staying in one of their corporate apartment rentals or a 3-star hotel? Are all meals going to be paid for by the company? It’s important you know exactly what the business covers and what you have to pay for yourself. You’re now ready to book your flights and accommodation.
Planning the Trip
If you want to make the most out of this time in the US, then you’re going to need to plan ahead. Chances are, most of your time will be filled with business meetings and impressing clients. However, you may get a few spare hours to explore. As long as you plan in advance, you’ll be able to see some of the sights that the city has to offer. Write up a schedule that includes all of the things you have to do for work. Don’t forget to include travelling times between each meeting! You’ll then be able to see how much time is left for play. Use a map to determine what areas you’ll be in when you’re finished up with each client. You can then choose which sights to explore, that are nearby. This will ensure you make the most out of the time you have available. From sunny Florida to bustling New York City, there will always be something to fill your time.
A business trip to the US doesn’t have to be all work and no play. As long as you follow this ultimate guide, you should be able to see some of the beautiful sights and attractions on offer as well. In fact, you’ll enjoy it so much you won’t be able to wait until the next business trip.
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