This is how to still get the most out of traveling – even during the Pandemic. These are just a few of my personal tips. Always check with local rules/mandates before you hit the road.
There’s no doubt that COVID has had a massive impact on lives everywhere – from presenting a Covid test report to finally getting Covid vaccination – and one of the most significant impacts has been on the ability to travel. If you’re itching to get your business back on the road, you’re not alone – the Financial Times notes a number of examples of people who have simply had enough of being stuck inside. If you’re looking to the future, and planning a trip once regulations allow, here are some of the options to consider.
Travel always requires a little bit of planning, but if you’re talking airplanes, accommodation bookings, and transfers, that all add a whole lot of extra preparation to the mix – and with fluctuating requirements, what might be available one minute might change the next.
Choosing to plan the perfect road trip as a business travel option allows for flexibility to change plans at the last minute, avoid sitting in crowded cabins, and managing meetings and networking on your own terms. If somewhere you plan to visit becomes a no-go area suddenly, you can just go somewhere else.
Having your own transportation at your fingertips has other benefits too. You can keep all your important belongings and equipment safely with you when you travel by car or van, and enjoy the latest in technological safety features, happy in the knowledge that whichever vehicle you’re using, it will adequately protect all your possessions.
Think about the other features you’ll need too – a heads-up display (so you can spend more time enjoying the sights as you drive), integrated satellite navigation, cellphone and entertainment control systems, and intelligent tire pressure monitors. These are just some of the features of modern vehicles that’ll mean your road trip isn’t just good: it’s stress-free too.
The Stuff To Stash
Once you know what you’ll be traveling in, think about what you’ll need to travel with. Different areas have varying requirements, so check whether you need spare lamps, breakdown equipment, or a certain type of tire.
It’s worth including some comfort items too – disinfectant wipes and sanitizing gel, a couple of big bottles of water, a blanket or two, and a torch are all helpful self-drive travel items that you’ll find you make use of regularly.
Don’t forget a travel guide, maps, and other information that’ll give you ideas for new routes or places to stay if things change as you drive – you could even stick a tent in the trunk for a bit of extra flexibility!
With so many great places available to visit via road, you won’t be short of options wherever you end up driving. Whether you’re cruising Route 66 and seeing clients along the way, browsing the Blue Ridge Parkway as you manage your work via mobile, or you’re simply cruising around your own region, if you’ve planned ahead and prepared for a business travel adventure, you’re sure to have one.