FCBT's Best Business Travel Tips

6 February 2017
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There is no one way to perfect the art of business travel, but it never hurts to heed a tip or two. Particularly when it comes from the business travel experts. We've compiled the best tips from our frequent travellers to help you travel better ...

A woman sleeping on the plane Make sleeping on the plane a little bit easier by skipping your airport coffee break

Don't drink coffee in the lounge before an early morning flight, so that you can get a nap in on the plane.

– Cameron Harris, National Head of Sales and Account Management

North Sydney

Conference at the Airport – a conference debrief at the airport is less rushed and more relaxing. It also uses stopover time more efficiently so you can hit the ground running at your destinations. Seoul Incheon, Singapore Changi and Vancouver airports have some of the best conferencing facilities in the world. 

 – Brigid Houigan, Travel Manager

George Street, Brisbane

A person putting their running shoes on Stay fit and see the city with a morning or afternoon jog

Take your runners to get out for a walk or run. It can help with jet lag, and it's a great way to see the city.

– Adam Gray, Queensland State Manager

South Brisbane

Make sure your Travel Manager ensures your frequent flyer numbers are in all bookings and manages your upgrades on every trip.

– Francesca La Spina, Team Leader

Mary Street, Brisbane

A woman packing her suitcase Streamline your early morning trip to the airport by packing the night before

If you're scheduled for an early morning flight, pack the night before. It will help save precious time in the morning, allowing you to leave earlier and arrive at the airport stress free. Plus you'll have plenty of time to enjoy your morning coffee and a bite to eat before you board your plane.

– Kristina Sambaher, State Sales Manager QLD

South Brisbane

Make the most of your time on the plane by reading, watching a movie or taking a nap. It's a great away to decompress instead of working.

– Cameron Harris, National Head of Sales and Account Management

North Sydney

A person looking at a smartphone Don't forget to take photos/copies of your passport, visa and itinerary

Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver's license, health insurance details and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.
– Stacey Moffat, Business Development Manager
Hay Street, Perth

Always be aware of your passport expiry date as most embassies require a certain amount of validity to allow you into their country. Always keep the document up-to-date and renew as early as possible to avoid any hassle if a last minute business trip comes up.

– Katie Petterd, Travel Manager

Hay Street, Perth

A woman at the airport with her carry-on bag All expert business travellers know to go carry-on only

Travel with carry-on luggage only to save yourself valuable time.

– Cameron Harris, National Head of Sales and Account Management

North Sydney

Take a screenshot of your passport, itinerary and other travel documents. Create a folder in your phone/tablet with all of these photos. This allows you to access to copies of your important documents even if you don't have access to your network or Wi-Fi.

– Patricia Araujo, Team Leader

Hay Street, Perth

A universal power adapter Power adapters are a must for international travel

Invest in a set of interchangeable chargers for plugging all those iPads/iPhones/laptops/hairdryers and straightners in and always keep them a zip bag in your regular business suitcase. No matter where you're travelling in the world, you'll always be able to recharge.
– Bronwyn Nicolaas-Ponder, Travel Manager
Hay Street, Perth

Take advantage of airline memberships to have a more pleasant experience in the airport.

– Cameron Harris, National Head of Sales and Account Management

North Sydney

A laptop with a back up USB Don't forget to back up

Back up everything such as laptops and phones that may have the most important documents on them. Doing this before you leave could save a lot of hassle if they end up stolen or damaged.

 – Stacey Moffat, Business Development Manager

Hay Street, Perth

Make the most of your time in a different city – get out and experience it.
– Cameron Harris, National Head of Sales and Account Management
North Sydney

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