Executives have to undertake international travel in connection with their official work quite often and as such, they need to be aware of certain guidelines that will make their stay hassle-free and as comfortable as possible. The following travel tips for executives will be of great help.
1) If you are visiting a city in a foreign country and you do not know the language so well, it is wise to take a business card from the front desk so that you can show to locals and taxi drivers in case you get lost in the city.
2) You should also make sure that your passport does not expire in the next six months because many countries do not let you enter if your passport expires in less than six months. It is therefore essential to renew your passport during a downtime in travel about nine months before the expiry.
3) Usually banks in foreign countries charge steep fees for using an ATM and withdrawing large sum of money at the airport so that you only pay the fees once is also a risky proposition. As such, you should look for banks that offer checking accounts that have no minimum balance requirements and reimburse you for all ATM fees, including those from overseas.
4) Since you can get the best exchange rates by using your credit card and since most of these cards add a foreign transaction fee, it is necessary to use those credit cards that do not levy this fee.
5) You should always alert your credit card company’s fraud department of what countries you will be visiting and on what dates so that they won’t think your card is stolen and shut it off just when you need it the most.
6) It is also necessary to get credit cards that incorporate both chip and signature technology so that you can use the cards in Europe especially at train ticket machines, gas stations, and other machines.
7) It is essential to carry all the medicines that you use all the time along with some medicines for common ailments such as headache, stomach-ache, diarrhoea because getting a medicine in a foreign country can be difficult especially without a proper prescription.
8) You should always check out the travel alerts issued by your country and print out the address and contact information of the local embassy.
9) You should make a note of the overseas airlines’ sites in their home countries and remember that Google offers the service of translation if you do not know the local language of the place that you are visiting.
10) You should set up your cell phone to avoid international data roaming charges.
11) If you need a map and do not have a data plan on your phone while abroad, you can use the Wi-Fi in your hotel, plot out a few routes you plan to walk that day. Then take a screenshot of those maps. You can later find the photo, zoom in, and follow the path.
12) If you have leftover local currency, you can take that cash and ask the hotel to apply it to your bill and then pay the remaining balance with your no-foreign-transaction-fee credit card.
These travel tips for executives can prove to be of great help.