You might have been on countless trips already – family vacations and solo holidays at various distant destinations. However, when the time comes for your first business trip, you can’t just brush off preparation and leave it to spontaneity no matter how well-versed a traveler you are. For some people, business trips are a drag exactly because of this but the truth is that with ample preparation, you will be able to get all the work done and even enjoy yourself in your free time. And when you’re traveling to such an amazing place as Sydney, Australia, you don’t want one second of your trip to go to waste. So, here are the essentials of planning your first business trip to Sydney so that all goes well.
Do the research and make a plan
When traveling to Australia, the first thing to arrange is getting an appropriate visa. For short business trips, for instance, a Business Visitor stream is a popular choice, but make sure you explore your options. Needless to say, you should check your passport’s expiry date as well before your trip and get the appropriate insurance for your stay. Make a well-developed itinerary that maneuvers around your business obligations so that you will have ample time for both work and fun. For your free days, look up interesting things to see and do in your area and whether there are any events that might interest you – this way, you can make the most of your time.
Book everything on time
The sure way to avoid unpleasant situations is to book everything well in advance. Start with your flight tickets, and make sure you keep boarding times in mind when arranging your arrival at the airport. Also, don’t forget online check-ins if they are available to spare yourself some queueing. If you are to rent a car and use it to get around Sydney, look up deals online and book the best one so that you don’t have to deal with that upon arrival when you’re tired. Accommodation is a key factor in your business stay. The most important thing is that you base your stay close to the place you are going to do business at and eliminate annoying hours spent commuting and being stuck in traffic. Depending on your preferences and budget, you might go for a high-end hotel or enjoy a more independent stay at one of the nicely furnished apartments in Sydney CBD. Just make sure you book it on time.
Pack the essentials and be prepared
Unless you’re staying in Sydney for a month (in which case, good for you!), try to be minimalistic when packing. Checking bags is not only tiring but in the case of your luggage getting lost, you are going to be in a tight spot without any of your business attire. So, check your airline’s policies carefully and go for only a carry-on. By rolling your clothes, you will be able to fit quite a lot in there, and your toiletries won’t take up much space either since you’ll be carrying mini versions so that you can take them on the plane. Make copies of your important documents just in case and make sure you have all your electronics packed safely and that you have made offline copies of your work so that a lack of internet won’t interfere with your tasks. Also, depending on where you’re coming from, you might need to get some adaptors for your chargers.
A business trip to Sydney might require plenty of preparation to go smoothly, but if you do all the things listed above, you can rest assured everything will go according to plan and you’ll be able to enjoy this adventure.