How to Prepare for a Business Trip Overseas

How to Prepare for a Business Trip Overseas

Business travel is back. We’re swapping out back-to-back Zoom meetings and countless phone calls for in-person conferences and meetings.

If it’s been a while since you last took a corporate trip overseas, it’s worth thinking carefully about how to prepare. As well as thinking about the reasons for your trip, you’ll need to consider the practicalities involved with getting there.

Here’s a look at some of the main things to tick off the to-do list before you set off.

Think about the why

Before we get into the practical part of the planning process, think about the purpose of the trip. Why are you traveling abroad? What do you want to get out of it? Answering these questions will help you to focus on what you need from this meeting or conference.

Set yourself clear objectives before you set off. Are you networking, planning on picking up more clients, or making a major sale? Having the ‘why’ at the forefront of your mind will help you to make the most of your overseas excursion.

Plan ahead

As well as thinking about the point of your visit, you’ll need to make sure all the main travel details are ticked off the list. The most important thing is ensuring your passport is valid. If you’ve not had a chance to travel out of the UK for a while, it’s possible that your passport has expired so you’ll need to make sure it’s in date.

Also, there are different travel restrictions in place. Take a look at the requirements for the country you’re heading to before you fly.

Consider travel costs

Keep your travel budget in mind before you set off and be aware of any charges while you’re away. Some credit card companies add fees when funds are accessed outside of the country, so double-check the terms and conditions ahead of your day of travel. Also, check the exchange rate of the country you’re going to so that you know how much cash you’ll need while you’re away.

Get ready

Finally, be prepared for your business meeting. Research the people you’re meeting with and the customs within the country you’re visiting so that you know what areas you’ll be discussing and know the expectations placed upon you.

You’ll also need to have the essentials to hand, from business cards to a pen and pad. Also, ensure that your website is up and running so that you’re directing people to the right place.