Holiday business travel tips to help the stress

Now that October is behind us, it's time to start focusing on the most wonderful (and potentially stressful) time of the year: the holiday season. Ironically, many business professionals find that the holiday season is coincidentally their busiest time at work. If you cannot avoid traveling for business between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, there are some business travel tips to help you navigate your trip.

Sometimes, off the beaten path may be the best way to go. Avoid high ticket prices and rental car costs by flying into a smaller, nearby airport and renting a car to get to your destination. Additionally, check in online and carry-on your luggage to prevent a crisis should there be a long-line or a delayed flight. If you are renting a car, consider joining Thrifty Blue Chip to bypass the counter. Just like airports, the roads are busy during the holiday as well, especially the closer to the holiday you are traveling. Stay aware of the traffic and weather, driving a rental car in a new city can be stressful without the added stress of heavy traffic and icy roads.

There are some benefits of traveling around the holidays, who ever said you couldn't accomplish personal obligations during business trips? Drive your car rental to local shops in your temporary city. Trinkets from new and exciting cities make great holiday gifts. Not only will your family and friends appreciate your originality, you'll get your shopping done ahead of time and avoid last-minute panic. If your holiday plans are flexible, why not extend your business trip into a holiday getaway. With a rental car, exploring after your business meeting is easy and affordable.

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