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The Ultimate Guide On How To Survive Your First Business Trip Abroad


Travelling is definitely one of the best things in the world – especially if you’re on vacation. If you’re on a business trip, though, things may get rough, so here you have eight tips to make the best out of your very first business trip.

#1 Know where you’re travelling to.

Know some basic facts about the country you’re travelling to. What language is spoken there? Who is the head of the country’s government? Any news regarding politics? You may come across important information which you can later profit from!

#2 Find out more about the culture.

There are for example countries where it’s uncommon for women to wear short skirts even if the temperatures get really hot. Become familiar with such rules in order to assure that you’re travelling safely and respecting the country’s culture.

#3 Acquire basic language skills.

If you want to make a good impression, it’s certainly great if you can speak the country’s language. If you don’t have enough time to learn it, try to at least become familiar with some phrases you may have to use like for example “Could you please help me?” and “Where’s the train station?”.

#4 Understand that it’s going to be exhausting.

You’re not going on vacation and you have to understand that your trip might become exhausting. Even if business trips tend to be rather short in comparison to vacations, try to embrace it and make the best out of it.

#5 Don’t make it too exhausting for yourself.

If you spend a weekend in Italy, you will have thousands of things to do. If it’s a business trip, you may want to narrow your list down to just a few things. It’s always nice to look around town, but remember why you’re here in the first place and don’t make the trip too exhausting for yourself.

#6 Be aware of what you pack.

Personally, I like to pack entire outfits to ensure that I don’t only pack my favorite pieces that don’t actually go together. Think wisely about whether you need more formal or more informal clothing. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to additionally bring some comfortable clothing – you never know what’s going to happen on the road.

#7 Choose hand luggage wisely.

Sometimes, it’s more than exhausting to go through the security checks at the airport and unpack your notebook, your tablet, your e-reader and all those other things. Still, I strongly suggest carrying them with you in your hand luggage along with your outfit for the first day. In case your luggage gets lost, you will still have the most important things with you.

#8 Understand how the security checks work.

If you don’t fly often or if you’re flying for the first time, understand how the security checks work. If you’re travelling to different countries, also understand how the security check in your specific country works. If you forget to unpack liquids, electronic devices and more, the security check might take a lot longer than necessary.

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Born in a German small town and with a passion for writing novels Marie now lives in Spain's lively capitol Madrid and enjoys classical dance, tapas and sunshine.

  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post


    • Celina

      Thanks Camille!