It’s common knowledge between entrepreneurs that If you want to grow your business, you’re going to need to do some traveling. That could mean meeting a new client cross country, speaking at a local event or flying into the city to attend a conference, business travel is imperative. Amongst public transport and the cost, traveling can sometimes seem daunting to those who are not used to the lifestyle. Zip International are frequent travelers in their field, they are quite the experts at traveling cross country several times a month. Managing director Kai Petrich has kindly shared with us his top tips for making business trips a smoother, and cost effective experience.
Top tip – Travel with only carry-on luggage. This is One of the easiest ways to save time and most importantly, money. By not checking in luggage you will save time queuing to check in your bag and again at the other end when you wait to pick it up from baggage claim. Not to mention it frees you up from having to pay those expensive fees if your luggage is over the weight limit. You will be pleasantly surprised how much you can squeeze into a carry on case, and most airlines allow a generous 22 inch X 14inch bag. But always remember the number one rule for traveling, carry on style – 100ML liquids only, in a sealed, not so stylish, plastic baggy.
Comparing prices of transport and accommodation is just the obvious step to cutting costs on the road. Kai Petrich advises using sites like, Skyscanner, Expedia, Kayak and Hotel.com. As well as route planning tools from sites like Rome2Rio and Google Maps. Ground transportation can be the biggest expense, especially when you’re in a new place and maybe not feeling up to attempting to navigate your way around, so instead you swallow the idea of meter run cab. Why not use the likes of Uber or lyft instead. Be prepared and download the app in advance, connect your business account and all receipts will be emailed to you which you can later file for travel expenses. With these services You can replace renting a car, working out how to use the public transportation or using those map coordinates on foot. Not only do Uber and Lyft save you time, it can also save you some dough since you’re paying only for the distance that you travel, as opposed to purchasing an all-day train pass, for example.
Managing director Kai Petrich’s last piece of solid travel advice which he lends his team, is to find an alternative to a hotel. With Airbnb and clean hostels, you can find affordable accommodation with all of the provisions of home. Occasionally, the host even leaves you some snacks and drinks like water and coffee, this saves you some money on refreshments during the day – win.