As you travel for business, you may notice how you’re always in a hurry. You plan to get to the airport early, arrive at your business meeting early, and make it home on time for your child’s birthday. But can you recall a time that everything has gone according to plan? At Sapphire, we understand the fine balance between budget and business. Businesses around the globe are cutting costs when it comes to travel, but the value of face-to-face meetings are soaring. Although we are “connected” with our social media and visual meetings, nothing compares to the interaction two or more people can have when in the same room together.
In this article, Sapphire will share four activities that are wasting your time on while you travel so that you can make that flight, arrive early to the meeting, and make it home in time for the family event.
4 Ways You’re Wasting Time While Traveling
If you travel a lot, you know what it’s like to be caught in the airport, lost in a city you’ve never been too, or waiting for a delayed flight to finally take you home. Here are time-wasting activities you can control that will make it easier to meet the demands of business travel:
#1. Security Lines
If you travel frequently, consider bypassing security with the various programs available to frequent fliers. TSA Precheck is a great way to skip security lines and make it to your flight early or on time. Also, check into Global Entry, another pre-flight check-in program that helps you get through security much faster.
#2. Schedule Flights With Connections
Racing from one terminal to another terminal probably isn’t what you had in mind when you started traveling for business. Connection flights waste anywhere between three and 10 hours per trip — sometimes more. Find a direct flight. Yes, you will pay more, but you will have at least three hours of extra time to work, call your loved ones, or simply relax.
#3. Eat Breakfast On The Go
The night before your big day, either purchase breakfast you can place in the refrigerator or find a to-go breakfast place nearby. The continental breakfast in your hotel may seem convenient, but it actually wastes about 45 minutes of your time, even if you take your food to your room to eat.
#4. Renting Your Own Vehicle
Unless you’re intimately familiar with the city you’re traveling to, it’s best to let the locals drive you around. Utilize available ride sharing apps. You can expect to waste at least 60 minutes if you rent your own vehicle and try to make meetings on your own. Save yourself the headache of driving and navigating.
Sapphire: Your International WiFi Hotspot Device
At Sapphire, we want you to find success on your trips, whether for business or pleasure. In fact, we offer a Sapphire MiFi device that allows you to connect to the internet in over 100 countries, using local data plans. The device is a hotspot, SIM card, and WiFi signal all-in-one. Don’t miss out on an important email, posting to your social media account, or sending love home to your friends and family. Get Sapphire. Stay Connected.