Business Etiquette tips for travelers and their coworkers

Traveling for business alone may be lonely, but the prospect of traveling with your coworkers and/or boss can be downright frightening. Maintaining best behavior 24/7 and balancing boundaries can be daunting, but many business travel qualms can be resolved with the help of a little old-fashioned etiquette. At the end of your business trip, you may find that you and your coworker have created a closeness that may benefit you back in the office.

Business travel blog Corporette recommends a few tips for seeming competent, responsible and well-prepared. Starting with your luggage, make sure that your bag is within airline requirements, you can manage it on your own, and it looks professional. Be sure you know where you are going once you arrive and keep your car rental and hotel confirmations handy. Don’t rely on your travel partner to take care of all the logistics and scheduling.

A business trip is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues, converse about their families, hobbies, and be open about yourself. That being said, avoid oversharing. There's nothing more unprofessional than a coworker who imbibes and then gossips. Remember, the person you are traveling with is still a co-worker.

It’s always OK to take some time for yourself on your trip, turn in early with a good book, or hit the gym in the morning. Maybe even take your car rental out to some place local. Above all, make sure you accomplish the tasks you were assigned to complete. The point of business travel is, after all, business.

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