What is the safest way to travel
The safest way to travel after the pandemic means asking the right questions to ensure you keep safe no matter the potential risks. What are the best face masks, including the best mask for air travel, what are the safest hotels during Covid, what is the vaccination rate and the case rate? All of these are questions you can research and understand to better protect yourselves and your colleagues post pandemic.
You can also consult the COVID-19 Information Hub to get a better idea of the potential risks depending on where you travel to so that you can have a smooth business trip. Keep in mind, sometimes the best precaution is to book direct flights, this way you avoid last minute cancellations and putting yourself at risk for more potential contact with Covid.
Did you know that the GetGoing business travel management platform has special AI set up to favor direct flights in their algorithm? That’s just one of the many ways GetGoing is keeping you safe on your business trips.
Safety is just one of our promises. We’ve created GetGoing to keep your employees safe and to help make business travel easier because after two and half years, we’re all ready to get back to traveling.
Managing Director Germany
How to ensure business travel safety
There are many things that can be done to ensure business travel safety. Let’s take a look at the 5 most important ways to stay safe.
1. Travel documents
Making sure you had your travel documents prior to the pandemic was as simple as making sure you had your passport or ID to travel, and your ticket. Nowadays, there is so much more. There is your proof of vaccination, waivers, and/or proof of testing negatively for Covid. While the rules have relaxed as we start living with Covid as a fact of life, it’s always best to make sure you have all the Covid-related documents to ensure business travel safety.
2. Pack right
Packing for a business trip means more than just making sure you have your change of clothes and laptop. You have to remember your charger, phone charger, business cards, work phone, and more. We recommend you make a list of your travel essentials and check it off as you go. You also want to make sure that when you get going you have spare face masks and hand sanitizer.
3. Contact information
Part of the safest way to travel is ensuring that you have the contact information of where you’re going, the hotel, know how you’re going to get there, and most importantly, make sure you have a number you can call should something go wrong. If you use a business travel management platform like GetGoing, you have access to 24/7 emergency support when the going gets tough.
4. Check health conditions
Ensuring your practicing the safest way to travel means being sure to check health conditions at your destination. Before you go make sure you find out the answers to important questions like: what is the case rate and what are the rules around mask wearing? By knowing the incidence of Covid in the particular location you are visiting, you can be clearer about the precautions you need to take to stay safe (and Covid-free).
5. Be smart
The most important part of ensuring business travel safety is to be smart. Make sure you have all your travel documents (Covid ones included), pack the essentials plus be sure to take your Covid safety measures, have on hand the emergency contact information, and stay informed about the health conditions in your destination.
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Additional tips for safe business trips
There are a few other considerations to keep in mind to stay safe when going on business trips. Let’s take a look.
Do you know your company’s travel policy? Knowing what’s in and out of policy, including how much budget you have per night for a hotel, how much you can spend on a flight, who’s in charge of approving your travel and how and when you will get reimbursed are all important things you may have taken for granted.
The good news is that when you work with a business travel management platform and book your own travel, they can help automate the travel policy so you will know exactly what is and isn’t allowed in terms of booking your business trips. Travel policies also work in the background to keep you safe, because your manager can reject trips to dangerous or areas with high Covid risk, and can help you know what to do should something go wrong on your trip.
When in doubt, take a carry-on
Nowadays many things can go wrong when you travel, and taking a carry-on is the best way to be prepared for the worst. If your flight gets delayed or canceled you can be sure to have everything you need for your business trip with you. Plus, you save time at the airport instead of waiting for your bag. On a business trip, time is always of the essence. Taking a carry-on is the best way to take advantage of your time and make the most of your business trip.
Schedule in some extra time
One of the best ways to have a safe business trip is to schedule in some extra time on either side of the trip. This way you have time to settle in or wind down at the end of the trip and don’t run the risk of catching Covid or other sickness by being rundown from travel. Choose a hotel that has all the features you need to be comfortable.
Do your research
When we talk about the safest way to travel and business travel safety, one of the best ways to stay safe is to do your research. Researching the Covid restrictions where you are going, any relevant news that could affect your trip, the case rate and reading local news can all help you stay away from potential risks.
Get travel smart
By staying smart and following these tips, you can be sure to have a safe and successful business trip.
It can be daunting to go back to business travel after staying put so long, which is why we’ve prepared a helpful guide including a Back to Travel Checklist with all the steps you need to prepare for your business trip. Many of us are rusty after not going anywhere for so long, so we recommend you check it out and print it out so you can be sure that no matter where you go you are ready to travel.