Monday, October 6, 2014

Tip of the Day: Use Your Time Efficiently While En-Route to Appointments, Particularly in Developing Nations

I urge all global travelers to effectively utilize their time while traveling to and from appointments, as many road trips internationally consume hours of your time as you nudge along at a snail's pace during which you can actually get a lot of trip coordination accomplished.

Although changing appointments on a mobile phone can be accomplished, I don't recommend it, largely because I believe you'll find that you change appointments  very frequently while abroad.

Below are a series of tips that I have discovered work efficiently, particularly in developing nations:

1. Although many travelers use a bound day-timer on a trip lasting ten days to two-weeks or longer, I actually find day-timers a bit confining. First of all, day-timers are heavy and cumbersome to work with;

2. One my first suggestions is to go to an office supply store and look for a a pad of bi-weekly or monthly planning sheets that come in in a pad. They'll probably be found in an 8 x 10 or 11 x 17 format. One pad should be sufficient, unless you're going to to be gone for several weeks or months;

3. If you're traveling to the Far East, Sub-Saharan Africa or really any other place eight-to-twelve time zones away, this should work nicely;

4. By the time your return to wherever "home" is, you'll discover that you've gone through the entire pad, because on a two-to-four week trip, you'll discover that you make that many changes in your schedule;

5. One great site as to where to eat globally, go to:


http://eatyourworld.com/destinations


6. When traveling internationally, be prepared to eat when "locals" dine. Attempting to stick to your schedule at home will be deemed "unworkable" and frustrate your hosts:

www.etiquettescholar.com/dining_etiquette/table-etiquette

7. Print off a list of local holidays at your destinations. To do this, go to:

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays

8. What time is dinner?

http://www.history-magazine.com/dinner2

9. Traveling abroad you'll encounter every conceivable management style imaginable! Be flexible and realize that every nation has their peculiarities and idiosyncrasies. Don't be offended if you are ushered into a meeting where several people are present and decision-makers are signing documents while multi-tasking; and

10. Always have a list of questions that you MUST get answers to! Write them down and don't leave the office until you have them in hand:).

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