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How to Prepare for an Extended Business Trip

For many professionals, travel is essential. There are many crucial business activities that can only be accomplished by going directly to the source. However, there's a huge difference between a week-long trip and long-term business travel.

If you are going to be away from your home and office for a month or possibly even a year, you need to be prepared. Knowing what to expect will help things go smoothly and allow you to adjust quickly. You'll feel empowered to handle the job at hand even while away from your home office environment.

Get to Know the Location

Doing business in London is a far cry from a lengthy stay in Hong Kong. It's always a good idea to do a little research and get to know the place you're staying. Things to consider include:

  • Popular and affordable neighborhoods
  • Places to shop and eat
  • Places to relax and unwind
  • Cost of living expenses

Plan Your Pack List

There are few factors to consider ahead of time which can help you determine what you need to pack, including:

  • Length of stay
  • Weather conditions — will you need a coat, sunscreen or an umbrella?
  • Laundry and dry cleaner access

Plan Your Finances

When traveling for business, your company will probably pay for most of your living expenses. Even extended trips will have some kind of per diem, so it's a good idea to know:

  • How much is your per diem?
  • What does it cover?
  • What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?
  • Are certain expenses tax deductible?

Before you leave, let your banks and credit cards know you'll be traveling. Otherwise, they may freeze your account if they see charges from unusual places.

Make Arrangements for Your Pets

If you are leaving your pets behind, be sure to have a pet sitter in place or a friend or family member who doesn't mind your animal staying with them long-term.

Check Your Tech

From cell phones to laptops, many businesses today are reliant on technology. Make sure you bring all the devices you need to do your job. Also, don't forget to ensure that the place you're staying has Wi-fi. If you're traveling internationally, find out what adapters you'll need to plug in your electronics and charge them.

Take Time to Enjoy the Experience

No matter where your travels take you, there is bound to be something fun to do or interesting to see. Whether's it's a state or national park, a well-known attraction or even a night at the movies, do a little research to see what's nearby. Then, whenever you have free time, you can give yourself a physical and mental break from the daily grind.

Watch Out For Your Health and Wellness

Being away from your home routine, you may be tempted to eat out every night and forgo your exercise routine. However, with extended business trips, you should be extra mindful of your health. Make sure to incorporate healthy meals. If there is a workout center, find time to exercise. You'll also want to get plenty of water and a full night's rest. Watching out for your wellness will help you acclimate better to your new surroundings.

Where Will You Stay on Your Extended Business Trip?

While most business travelers automatically think of hotels when making their housing plans, there is an alternative: Corporate housing. Staying at a hotel for an extended business trip is quite expensive, and does not have a home-like atmosphere conducive for relaxing between meetings. Corporate Housing, on the other hand, is all-inclusive with furniture, utilities, Wi-fi and housewares all included in the price. Plus, chances are your company will cover the cost because its related to your business venture.

If you are traveling for an extended business trip to the Houston area, then it's time to call Hilled Land Furnished Apartments. We offer more than a hotel for less. Plus, when you choose one of our apartments as your corporate housing solution you'll enjoy a number of comfortable amenities such as state-of-the-art fitness centers, spas, resort-style swimming pools and so much more.

Contact Hilled Land to find out more about staying with us during your long-term business travel to Houston at 800-314-7018.