|Time is precious when you're on the road. So to save that precious resource, here are 5 time-saving tips that will make your life on the road that much easier.
1. Keep a Packed Bag
Even if you don't know when your next business trip will be, get in the habit of re-packing your carry-on bag with fresh clothing and essentials when you return from the road. It may seem like an annoyance, but this step will save you valuable minutes the next time your alarm goes off at 4:00 a.m. for an early morning flight and all you have to do is reach for a bag and go.
2. Fly Regional Airports
Big hubs have more flight choices but flying out of smaller airports can save you time and hassle. Security lines, traffic, parking and the check-in process are often easier and quicker at smaller or regional airports, so be sure to consider all of your options before booking.
3. Book Direct Flights
This sounds simple. Taking direct flights to and from your destination can often mean savings beyond just your time. You may, for example, be able to avoid overnight stays, which will save on potential hotel, car and meal expenses.
4. Check In Online
As the airlines continue to cut staff, check-in lines at the airport will only get worse. Checking-in online will allow you to bypass this step and proceed directly to security. Note: Checking-in online will have been in vain if you have luggage to check; always travel with carry-on-sized bags!
5. Select Your Seat
Ask that your UNIGLOBE Travel Agent seat you near the front of the plane whenever possible. You can check your seat assignment as you check in online, and make changes if seats have become available further to the front. Being able to hop off the plane quickly - and avoid throngs of amateur travellers in the aisles - will save time and your sanity.