7 Highly Effective Conference Travel Tips You Need To Know AboutDecember 16, 2018
Are you a tech geek or a project management expert? Are you a digital marketing professional or a science freak? Irrespective of what you are interested in, there are always some conferences that we all would love to attend. Although, the long flights, jet lag, delayed and cancel flights might stop you from attending your favorite conference but don’t let it come between you and your favorite conference. Make conference travel a breeze by using these tried and tested tips.
1. Use Incognito Mode
Yes, this might seem like a advice that came straight from the tech geek’s book but it works. Don’t believe me. Just open the travel booking websites, hotel booking websites or airline websites in normal mode and repeat the same process in incognito mode and you will notice a stark difference. Searching from a private browser while using the incognito mode will give you lower prices as compared to traditional browser mode.
2. Connect Via Social Media
Why do you attend a conference in the first place? You might be interested in the topic and want to know what’s latest in the domain or you might want to get in touch with industry experts. Social media is a great platform for this. You can connect with speakers and industry experts on social media websites before meeting them in person. There is a much better chance for them to recognize you if they have accepted your friend’s request on social media.
3. Request for Upgrade
You might not believe it but requesting a simple upgrade can help you secure one. Same goes for airlines as well. Remember the first time you met the hotel staff, what did they say? How can I help you sir? Right. Now is the time to seek their help and in most cases, you can simple receive an upgrade just by asking for it. If you have a personal or business credit card, it can also entitle you to upgrades so make the most of these opportunities.
4. Make Dinner Reservations Early
One of the biggest challenges for travelers is to find a good place to eat, especially if they are in a new city. No one likes to travel long distances to enjoy a dinner so, you might be looking for a place near your hotel, which makes matters even more complex. Do your research on eateries near your hotel and read reviews. Make sure to make dinner reservation in advance to save yourself from returning hungry.
5. Turn on the Airplane Mode
During the conferences, you might be using your laptop instead of your phones so why not conserve battery by turning on the airplane mode. You can also use this tactic when you are enjoying a desert safari in Dubai. This can come in handy if you want to start a networking session after the conference during the evenings on social media. You never know when you will be able to charge your device so use your phone carefully. You don’t want to be missing out on something important.
6. Pack Light
If you are one of those who tends to go overboard with packing then, you need to seriously rethink your strategy. Pack all the essentials in a single carry on instead of carrying many bags with you and it will save you from a lot of hassle that other travelers have to go through at long airport security lines. It can also save you a lot of money as you don’t have to pay for additional luggage for exceeding the allowed limit. By passing through the airport security lines, you can save a lot of time and reach the plane first and grab your seat.
7. Create and Send Auto Replies to Emails
Setup an auto reply message that will be send to senders who have sent an email to you telling them that you are busy, and the response may take time. This will help you to set the right expectation first up which save you from many hassles. Another benefit of setting up an auto reply email is that you don’t have to worry about checking your email inbox dozens of times a day and respond to each and every email you receive. This makes you feel more relaxed and help you focus better on the conference.
Which conference travel tips do you use? Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.