If you’re going to be traveling to a foreign country on business, you probably have one of two mindsets. Either you’re thinking about living it up in a villa off the Champs-Elysees sipping wine and watching the locals stroll by or your dreading the stress associated with business travel. Unfortunately your trip will probably consists of more than drinking wine and sampling the local food. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be full of stress. Take a few of these international travel tips to ensure your trip is as smooth as possible. You might even save a little money so you can afford to spoil yourself on the trip.
If you’re traveling to a country that speaks a foreign language, you’ll want to familiar yourself with some of the basic phrases. Understanding how to say “Yes,” “No,” and “Please” and “Thank You” will be invaluable on your trip. You can simply Google these words or download a translation app such as SayHi. You should also become familiar with the etiquette and customs of the country you’re visiting. In Japan for instance, shoes are not allowed in residences and are often left outside of offices. In Iran the “thumbs up” gesture is the equivalent of the middle finger in Western culture. Don’t make those mistakes in the country you’re visiting.
This could apply as much to plugging in to the culture as to the electrical sockets in your room. Electrical outlets vary across most foreign countries so make sure to look into which outlets are common in the countries you’re visiting. You can buy adapters at most electronics stores before your trip.
Use Skype When Possible
Consulting with your cellphone service provider can be costly and a hassle to boot. Take advantage of international calling and chatting through Skype. If you decide to stick with your phone, consult your service provider first. You might be able to sign up for a temporary plan before leaving.
If you will be spending an extended amount of time in the country, take advantage of this time. It is always important to make sure you’ve decompressed after a long day of work and whether this means going out to eat and to a cafe or simply going to a local theatre and catching a movie, enjoy your time spent abroad.
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