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2 tips for business travel etiquette

1/8/2014 4:49:19 PM

No matter where you're traveling for work, whether you're driving a business travel car rental in the states or flying abroad, it's important to be mindful of the people around you during your visit. It's especially important to be extra polite if you're going out of town with a colleague. To make your trip as pleasant as possible for both you and your partner, follow these basic bits of etiquette:

Be ready and on time
It can be pretty annoying to get held up waiting for someone who is underprepared. Make sure you have your ID, tickets and other necessary items on hand when you go to check into your flight so that your colleague doesn't have to stand and watch as you shuffle through your bags. Additionally, you may want to leave for the airport early to be extra safe - missing a flight because your taxi got stuck in traffic may cause tension between you and your travel partner.

Don't overindulge
After a hard day of work, you may be tempted to open a bottle of wine and kick your feet up. It's important not to drink excessively when away for work for professional reasons, but doing so can also be irritating to your colleague if he or she doesn't indulge. Feel free to enjoy a beer or glass of vino at dinner, but be careful to stop yourself before you get tipsy (especially if you're the one driving the car rental).

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