International travel can mean a lot of time journeying to airports and then hanging around, waiting for check-ins and flight times. You must schedule enough time in your day to get to the airport early, make the strict check-in deadlines and allow your luggage to go through the various security stages on its way to the aircraft.
Then, there are security and passport control areas to negotiate. What’s more, if your flight involves several separate legs, you will also have to allocate time for airport transfers and check-ins for a second, or even third onward flight. When your time is costing you and your company money, this can be especially frustrating. Particularly when deadlines are looming and the work is piling up.
When travelling abroad on business, you are likely to have meetings to prepare for when you reach your destination, as well as presentations to practise and emails to answer. However, with mobile working becoming easier and easier, there is no reason why you can’t put all that travelling time and hours waiting at the airport to good use.
For instance, it is worth investing in a pass into the VIP or business lounge if you are going to have a long time to wait and can plug in your laptop and catch up with some work. Or you could look for a quiet corner in the main lounge and settle down with a hot drink for a couple of hours’ work. Most airports offer a range of business services now, from phone charging points and free wifi to photocopying, faxing and messaging services.
For even greater efficiency, consider using your travel time to the airport to get even further ahead of your workload. To do this, you obviously cannot drive yourself there, plus you need a quiet environment with as few distractions or changes as possible. So, if you are travelling a long way from your home to the airport, or need to travel between different airports to catch your next flight, a great way to work on the way is to choose a reliable taxi firm that offers airport transfers that will get you to your flight on time.
The quiet, comfortable backseat of a pre-booked London airport taxi is the perfect place to set up a temporary office. You can use your smart phone to catch up on emails, browse online, make phone calls and return messages. Or you can get some work done on your laptop while the miles pass peacefully by. Unlike public transport, a taxi offers discretion and privacy too for any sensitive commercial tasks you need to arrange.
Finally, booking a taxi means that all the details of your journey are handled for you, such as working out the route, handling heavy traffic or road diversions, parking when you arrive and sorting out how to store your luggage en route. Your mind can concentrate fully on your work, not the finer details of how to get to where you need to be.