Top Tips to Plan a Business Trip to Australia

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When the pandemic first struck and we were left locked in our homes, it seemed like things would never ever return to how they were before. The so-called “new normal” took over our lives and we adjusted and adapted accordingly. While for some, this meant finally getting a chance to work from home, others had to pause their important business trip indefinitely. Luckily, business trips are returning again, and if you have an upcoming one in Australia, here’s how to make the most of it.

Thoroughly prepare for the trip

It doesn’t matter if you’re flying in from the other side of the world or from New Zealand; a business trip to Australia has to be well thought-out and planned in advance. Do you need a visa? How will you get from the airport to your hotel? How will you move about the city? Sometimes, all these details are taken care of for you before you even think about them, but it’s a good idea to ask and make sure you have everything covered before you start packing. When you take time and prepare before your trip, you will feel much more relaxed and be able to focus on the business meetings at hand. A relaxed and poised person will leave a much better impression on potential business partners than an anxious and nervous one.

Leave out some time for pleasure

Business trips are just that – business, but it doesn’t mean that you should spend all of your wake time in a conference room, reading contracts and giving presentations. There are ways to combine business with pleasure, and if you have a chance to do it, our advice would be to seize it. Arrange a business lunch in a nice restaurant in a good part of the city and after lunch, have a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. If you really are going to work a lot, then try to seize the night instead. You can visit the best Sydney brothels and collect a few nice stories (or tricks) to share when you get back home. Also, if you can, try to squeeze in a tourist-y field trip after all of your meetings are over.

Do a bit of research before you go

Even if you end up traveling to a destination you’re already familiar with, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do a bit more research just so you can feel comfortable when you get there. This is especially important if you’ll be visiting unchartered territory and an unfamiliar city. For example, reading a few articles or lists about the NSW will definitely give you a couple of ideas on what to do and see when you get there, and how to get around easily. As safe as this country is, there will always be shady districts and individuals, so try to learn as much as you can about areas where you’d be most likely to get into trouble – and then avoid it like the plague.

Learn the customs

Learning a thing or two about Australian culture and its current political situation is also prudent. This is because you don’t want to accidentally make an off-handed comment and come off as uncultured and insensitive. Every country has its own culture and customs, which are often very different from your own. By learning about important things in advance, you will avoid looking foolish and accidentally causing offence. This is especially important if you’re coming from or going to a more conservative country and culture. If you’ll be having a meal with potential clients, it’s good to know about the etiquette on tipping. Knowing when and, more importantly, how to give people your business card will make you look great in their eyes, and you’ll definitely leave a good impression.  

The digital age has made it possible to communicate with anyone at a moment’s notice, even when they’re on the other side of the world and in a different time zone. On the other hand, closing a big deal for your company and exploring possible business opportunities is always better to do in person. This is just one of the reasons why business trips are important to keep and do properly.

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