8 Tips for the business traveler

8 Tips for the business traveler

Traveling for business can be stressful, especially when you do it often, but it doesn’t have to be. When you pack and plan accordingly, things can go smoothly, making business traveling a great experience. Continue reading below to see our 8 tips for Business Travelers.

1. Limit luggage and unpack
Oftentimes business trips are short and jam-packed with things to do in a limited amount of time. Carrying less luggage will make it less of a hassle and more of a breeze, especially when checking in at the airport and arriving at your destination.
Unpacking upon arrival at your hotel even if it’s for just two days will also make your life easier. This is especially handy if you have clothes that are prone to wrinkles. You can hang your shirts and pants to see if they need quick ironing, and arrange this in advance so you’re set for the rest of your business trip.

2. Where to stay
Curacao is a small Island, but public transportation is not always reliable, therefore it’s important to choose a location that is central and close to everything you will be needing during your business trip. Some location research prior to booking your hotel will come in handy.
If your company allows it, having a rental car in Curacao is the best way to get around the Island.

3. Smart scheduling
Scheduling your activities ahead of time can make your stay stress free. If your business trip consists of meetings after meetings, try scheduling each meeting 1 hour apart if they aren’t in the same location, this way you have time to reach the next meeting timely without having to worry about running late due to traffic or other obstacles that may occur.
If you have a rental car, most rental companies also offer a GPS system for little to no charge. 
When your days go according to plan, you might even save time for some fun and relaxation in between. If so, check out our top 5 things to do in the city of Willemstad.

4. Work & meetings
If you need a quiet space to work during your trip, there are different possibilities. When you stay at City Suites, these flex offices are available right outside your hotel room. Because City Suites is so centrally located, having your clients come to you is easy.
You can rent an office for a day or two, or rent a boardroom to hold presentations or meeting with large groups. City Suites also offers the possibility to print, scan, copy or fax documents. More information on these possibilities can be found when you read our blog about Business Services or check with the City Suites reservations department for more information.

5. Essentials for your trip
When packing, always grab the necessary and essential items and gadgets you will need for the duration of your trip. Besides clothing, here are some essential things you should have to make your business trip stress-free:

  • Passport, Boarding Pass, Hotel Confirmation, Car Rental Confirmation
  • Wallet (ID, Driver’s License, Credit Cards, Cash)
  • Laptop, tablet, Earphones to make calling handsfree and easier
  • Travel adapters, chargers  and converters. Although these are usually available to borrow, it’s handy to have your own. The power outlets in Curacao are mostly 110V

6. Out of pocket expenses
Business travel is mostly covered by the company you work for, but sometimes you need to take care of expenses from your personal pocket. In cases like this, it’s important to keep track of your out of pocket expenses, collecting your receipts and saving them for when you are back from your trip. Keep an envelope handy in your travelbag so you can store all receipts without having to look for them everywhere afterwards.

7. Local Currencies
The accepted currencies in Curacao are Antillean Guilders (NAF or ANG) or US Dollars (USD). When necessary, the ATM’s on the Island can provide you with either guilders or dollars, but most shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses accept credit or debit cards.

8. Language
When traveling for business, oftentimes language barriers can make it difficult to communicate with the locals. Luckily, in Curacao the largest part of the population can understand and speak 4 different languages; Papiamentu (the local language), English, Spanish and Dutch. Some locals can even speak French or Portuguese. If you wish to try your hand at Papiamentu, check out our article: Papiamentu: Curacao's native language.