Making travel for business a pleasure

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The idea of traveling overseas for work, is an exciting one. You get to see new sites, meet new people and visit parts of the world you may never have considered traveling to before, all the while being paid to do it!

But the glamour can wear thin, pretty quickly.  Time in transit. Long flights. Jetlag. Patchy Wi-Fi and back to back meetings. But if you’re clever with your time and money, we guarantee you can turn any business trip, into a pleasure.

  1. Make the most out of your hotel

If someone else is booking your hotel room, be sure to give them a list of non-negotiables. Sure, it may cost a little more, but it’ll set you up to perform at your best. Think about venue proximity, a pool, gym, Wi-Fi and a big comfy bed. If you’re going to be staying awhile, why not make the most of it?

  1. Stay a little longer

Let’s face it, how often do you get a free overseas trip? Sure there’s some work involved, but that doesn’t mean there’s no time for play. To make the most out of your time away, book your flights a day before your first meeting and a day after your last. That way you can make sure you’re covered in case there are any flight delays, but you also have some personal time to shop, dine and relax in your temporary town. 

  1. Get some therapy of the retail kind

Who says you can’t fit a little retail therapy into your lunch break? Shop ‘till you have to drop back to work and have something new and shiny to show when you get back home. And while the company credit card won’t cover your personal expenses (did someone say new shoes?), you can save by switching to a bank account and travel card in one that has no overseas ATM or transaction fees.  The HSBC Everyday Global Account does just that. You can pay in the local currency from your everyday bank account and lock in up to 10 different currencies on one card. Cha-ching!

  1. Catch up in cafés

A great way to see what your new location has to offer is to schedule your meetings out of the office and into the bustle of the local cafés. You can dine, download and delve into business, all the while feeling like you’re on a holiday…well, as much as you can on a work trip.

  1. Getting back to reality

Depending on the time difference, the plane ride home is a great opportunity to re-tune your body clock. As soon as you board, switch your clock back to home time and either try and catch some z’s if it’s night time in Australia or stay awake so you can go to bed at the right time when you return.

Travel often for work? You could benefit from having a bank account that doubles as a travel card. The award winning HSBC Everyday Global Account allows you to use your own money for personal expenses, anywhere you travel, minus the fees. You can also lock in a great currency exchange rate, before you fly. Apply now to make the most of your work trip away.



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