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How To Manage Business While Traveling

Business Management Tips for Travellers

Travelling and managing your business is often a delicate balance but this should not be a cause of worry. Planning ahead of your travel should take off the stress. A recent survey found that more than half of the business travelers who travel frequently can work twice as much on the road as in the office.

Here are management tips that can keep you sane as you travel wondering whether you are accomplishing anything worthwhile.

Management guru Brian Tracy once said that every minute spent on planning saves ten minutes in execution. Let's get first things first.

Doing business while travelling
Managing your business when traveling can be more challenging,
but also more rewarding for those who carefully plan ahead.

Make A Schedule

Some professionals and business people plan everything the night before while others take an afternoon or morning to plan an entire week. Whichever way you prefer, the key is to schedule time to plan your calendar and maintain that schedule. Make this essential as you would do any business meeting or appointment. This should be part of your travel itinerary.

Write Your To Do List

Business woman on phone
Today's mobile technology will help traveling business person stay in touch

With the current technological applications available you are spoiled for choice whether to use a productivity app, notes on your smart phone, word processing program or a hand written planner. The key is to create a to do list and maintain it as you go about your travels. This will keep you in touch with your business and keep up to date. Use an effective strategy during your planning time.
  • List each and every item you need to take action for each day. 
  • Ensure that you prepare adequately with times slotted in and venues. 
  • Make sure you assign a time and date for each task so that you prioritize each task. 
  • Not essential tasks can be listed at the end of your list so that you accomplish them but don't let them interfere with your key action items. 


There is only one you and you cannot possibly do everything. Delegating will take the edge out of the feeling of being hustled. Ensure you delegate with clear instructions and communicate what you need doing. Give them all the information they need to complete the job. Give checkpoints for them to act on so that you do not become overbearing. Delegate wisely and you will find that this improves your leadership skills.

Familiarize Yourself With Your Destination

Know your way about your destination before you get there. Mark out where the hotels, ATMs and transport services are located with respect to your hotel. This will save time and ease your movements and keep you focused once you get there. You will appear more confident and reduce your chances of being identified as a stranger.

Stay Productive

There is much time lost in airports at layovers. Take advantage of airports because they have Wi-Fi connections so you can use your laptop to work. You can easily access all the important documents. You will be working remotely and can accomplish much. Stack up research and work offline so that you can work on your flight.

Managing business online while away
With today's Wi-Fi connections at airports and cities,
no matter where you might be, you can keep an eye on your business.

Essentials For Working Remotely

There are a few things that you can take with you. This will ensure that you are productive and busy.

  • Good data plan for your phone 
  • Lightweight laptop 
  • Cloud storage software will keep you synchronized with your office 
  • Headphones to tune out distractions like talkative neighbors on the flight 


To achieve the best from your trip take time to relax. Relaxation is the key to productivity. Switch off your laptop and take a nap, go for a walk or read a book. 

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