Admit it, international business trips are fun. You get to visit a new country or city. You have an opportunity to sample different cultures. And, you increase your understanding of the world.
For many, the business trips are a combination of airplane trips. For some, it’s a mix or air and train travel to go from city to city or one country to another. While this allows for efficiency, it stops the businessperson from comprehending where they are. Instead, they see the inside of airports and train stations.
Driving is the way to go
Instead of taking this form of transportation, those on international business trips should opt to drive to their destinations. This is regardless if it’s in the same city, the same country, or to a nearby region. In summary, doing so provides adventure as well as an opportunity to increase your company’s revenue.
In more detail, there are many more advantages to this. Here are a few of them.
1. Personal stance
Driving to your destination means you’re committed to understanding the other party’s region. You’re dedicated to following directions and righting yourself if you get lost. And, you’re not ashamed to ask for assistance if needed.
In turn, this shows you’re ready to work for their business. Or, if it’s your own company, it shows the great effort you are willing to put forward to make things happen. Either way, it leaves an imprint.
2. Learn existing driving laws
Again, this goes back to leaving an impression. Because if you’re willing to understand the differences between driving in your originating country and the one you’re visiting, then you’re willing to take on any challenge provided by the business.
Of course, you want to observe obvious driving strategies across the globe. For example, stopping and yielding when necessary, maintaining speed limits, and watching for potential areas for accidents. In other words, you want to take on a defensive driving stance.
This is especially true if you’re driving with a business representative. While they can tell you some common things about their region, it’s up to you to remain alert. For instance, Dairn Shane from www.preszlerlawbc.com says that an often overlooked defensive driving tip is to avoid drivers who travel in other cars’ blind spots. Learning how to locate potential blind spots and avoid them minimizes a possible car accident that can damage your vehicle and passengers.
By adhering to this advice, you keep your passengers safe. And this transforms into a positive influence.
3. Understand their sphere of influence
Whether regional or inter-country travel, driving on international business trips gives you a clearer picture of a company’s sphere of influence. For instance, you can see how a certain location affects a city’s population in terms of employees, services, and sustainability. In addition, it provides you a chance to see how this influence differs from one country to another.
4. Get a chance to relax
Though taking a plane or train is more convenient, it lacks an opportunity for you to relax. By the time you check-in, go through security and get on the plane or train, you don’t have much time to unwind.
But you have this opportunity while driving. Yes, you need to get used to patterns and directions. However, once you get the hang of it, you can explore a bit and take in the scenery. And, if you have time, you can even stop once in a while to absorb the environment.
You’ll feel refreshed when you arrive. Conversely, you can feel frazzled by the time you arrive by plane or train. In the end, though you have to reach your destination at a certain time, you have more control driving than with other methods.
Yes, there can be some reluctance to driving on international business trips. Then again, you may have had reluctance taking the position you currently have. Nevertheless, you adapted, and now you thrive. Hence, one of the reasons you were chosen for this trip.
That tenacity can be transferred into an opportunity to drive on an international business trip. You may not drive far — maybe from one part of the city to another. Or, you may be asked to drive a few hundred kilometers. Either way, you’ll be fine. You just have to remember a few things.
First, be prepared. Have all of the navigation tools ready before you arrive. Second, be ready to get lost. If you have the tools at hand you’ll reach your destination. Third, follow all traffic rules
Fourth — have fun. This is an adventure you’ll remember.