Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to Save Time Getting Through Airport Security

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shutterstock_290096729I don’t think there is anyone who would disagree that increased airport security is a good thing. With the increasingly volatile and dangerous global climate; and indeed since the turn-of-the-century, it is more important than ever for airports to keep travellers safe and secure by whatever means necessary.

This being said, increased security checks and passport controls can cause severe delays to business travellers, especially for people travelling on a tight schedule. While security controls cannot usually be bypassed, the following tips will help speed your way through the airport and on your way in the quickest time possible.

1) Check-in online

Many airlines now let you print off your ticket at the office and check-in online up to 24 hours before your flight.  Most airlines also have an app you can download which will enable you to check-in prior to arrival at the airport. Although these won’t save you any time getting through security itself, it will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend standing in queues at the airport.

2) Know which items are allowed and which ones are not

If you want to get through security quickly, make sure you don’t inadvertently take any prohibited items through check-in. Visit the website of the airport(s) you will be using. Most will have a list of prohibited items and advice about the best way to get through security clearance. Read up in advance and it will save you a lot of time.

3) Organise your carry-on possessions

One of the biggest causes of delays in going through security is people not being organised enough in advance. Think about what security guards are going to be looking out for and organise the contents of your pockets and hand luggage so they can easily be checked. Don’t carry anything onto the flight that you don’t need and ‘borderline items’, such as nail scissors and gun -shaped novelty keyrings are best avoided.

Anticipate being asked to empty out your pockets, so check in advance that they are not full of crumpled tissues, loose change and old receipts. For the items you do need, it is worth organising them into discrete bundles and putting them in zip close freezer bags. If you’re wearing a coat, then this will probably need to be scanned separately. Save a few valuable seconds by removing it before you reach the scan.

Make security’s job easy for them and they will give you a smoother time as well. Have everything ready for them to scan: remove large items of jewellery before going through the scanner, make sure your electronic devices are immediately available to be x-rayed separately.

4) Be Confident

Passport officials in some nations are enough to make even the most seasoned business traveller quiver. The USA in particular is notorious for giving everyone without a US passport a grilling whenever they come through the gate. Business travellers familiar with going to India, China or Russia will also be able to relate to this.

Despite preconceptions, the vast majority of passport officials are not out to trick you. They have a job to do in keeping their country safe and are trained to closely read body language and to treat all answers with scepticism. Make their job – and yours – easier by being confident, relaxed and by having your story prepared in advance. You may be surprised how readily your tongue fails you when put on the spot, and this immediately look suspicious. Cooperate, answer every question you’re asked and never lose your cool even if provoked.

The key to saving time going through security at an airport is to expect a thorough process and be prepared for it. Organise yourself, have nothing to hide and cooperate with the process, and it is unlikely you will have any problems. Delays going to airports can’t always be avoided, but business travellers can all play their part in helping to make the process smoother for everyone involved.

 

How to Stay Festive While Travelling on Business over Christmas

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christmas-holly-clipart-holly_christmas_3_xmas_holiday-3333pxThe smell of roast turkey and the sparkle of the decorations, the sound of laughter, clinking glasses and excited children playing. Sound familiar? Christmas is the time of year to put your feet up and connect with friends and loved ones. But if you are one of the many thousands of people who are travelling with work this Christmas, then the festive season can be one of the loneliest times of the year.

 

Here is our UNIGLOBE Total Travel crash course for surviving the trip and staying festive while you are away.

Keep Yourself Busy
If you are preparing for a presentation or meeting, whether or not it is on Christmas day itself, keep yourself busy. Throw yourself into your work and don’t think about ‘missing Christmas’ until your job is completely done. You may find that the more you throw yourself into your business, the more enjoyable and distracting it will become.

Stay Positive
Christmas is a fun and exciting time, but it can be pretty hectic and stressful too. Being away from the drama isn’t all bad. Think positively about all the negative things you will be missing while you are away; indigestion, mountains of washing up, last minute shopping, arguments over the turkey….your Mother-in-Law!shutterstock_347779712

Treat Yourself
Make sure your personal travel items include some special things that remind you of home, which you can enjoy on Christmas Day. Perhaps take a small present to open, some cards or a party hat. Maybe even pack a ‘bad taste’ jumper. Just because you are elsewhere in the world, doesn’t mean you can’t share some personal moments with your family. Most hotels will have Wi-Fi enabled rooms, allowing you to connect with your family via Skype or Facetime. It doesn’t compare to being there in person, but you can still open presents, send greetings and raise a toast through video link.

Enjoy Where You Are
Spending Christmas in another part of the world can be a magical and adventurous experience. When you’ve finished your work don’t be tempted to retreat to the solitude of your hotel room. Get yourself outside and enjoy the local sights and sounds. If you are working in a country that celebrates Christmas, see what different delicacies and traditions you can sample. You never know, you could find something you’d like to incorporate into your own celebrations next year. Accept a hand of friendship when it is offered. It is unlikely you will need to be entirely alone at Christmas. You may find colleagues, clients or associates only too keen to take you under their wing. You may be surprised how warm and accommodating people can be, especially around Christmas time.

Have a Treat to Look Forward to When You Return Home
Feeling sad over what you are missing is one of the worst things about travelling on business at Christmas. Make sure you plan an alternative celebration for when you get back home. This could be another Christmas dinner, a special party, or maybe some quiet time away with your family.christmas-holly-clipart-holly_christmas_3_xmas_holiday-3333px

If you are travelling with work this year, you don’t need to have the Christmas blues. Keep smiling and enjoy spending some time where you are visiting

From all the team here at UNIGLOBE Total Travel, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.