What is the best work travel advice you’ve ever been given?

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Founder, Self-employed
Work travel is a privilege. Embracing your experience to meet new people, and see the beauty of nature and culture wherever you go.
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Sustainable Supply Chain Adviser in Healthcare and Biotech, Self-employed

I can only agree here and I see many, who consider it as a daily mundane activity. It is not a given and definitely not a standard, so indeed, whoever is privileged to get this opportunity should enjoy it and enrich their lives and perceptions as much as they can. I got so much from other nations/places I've been to and I hope I was able to positively contribute to their lives as well in return!

Founder, Self-employed

Very well-captured, Zsofia. Thank you for sharing.

Director of Marketing in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

So true, Zsofia. I have been able to see so many beautiful countries and meet so many fascinating people around the world only because I took the opportunity to travel for work. 

Honestly, though, the truest and best advice I ever received was, "Don't try and keep up drinking beer with the Aussies." ;-)

Business Analyst in Media, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Always travel light
VP / CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Pack light and be organized
Director of Sales in Software, 201 - 500 employees
Keep some necessities WITH you (carry on) - I've learned this the hard way.
Director of Data in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
I've travelled so much for work in my career. There was a period where it was almost every other day I was somewhere. I'd say travel as light as possible. Make sure you are not in a run down hotel or not in a safe area. Get PreCheck or Clear (its worth it even if you only travel sporadically), try and travel with a single airline and take advantage of their points and upgrades, the airport lounges like Delta are really quite nice to get away from the typical airport chaos when you have a layover, if you are in a large city like LA or something don't fall into the car rental trap of the economy cars. $40 saving will cost you hours in line. Not worth it. 
VP of Engineering in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
Get Clear or TSAPrecheck (or local national equivalent), those lines move quicker because it's mostly business and practiced travelers.
VP of Engineering in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
When traveling internationally, make copies of your Ids.
Keep them with you at all times in case your official documents get lost or stolen.
It's much better than being without identification.
US Employee Relations in Manufacturing, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Sign up for all the free memberships with suppliers (Airlines, hotels, etc.).  This is not only a great way to earn rewards but it also is great for receipt storage and perks such as early check-in. 
CPO in Travel and Hospitality, 201 - 500 employees
Be respectful of you local team members night time, but plan dinners, drinks, activities as much as possible.  Nothing beats breaking bread while being out of the office for building real relationships.
Sales Manager in Energy and Utilities, 201 - 500 employees
I would say, first setup some meeting in person with the active leads and then plan accordingly. 

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