is a corporate travel agent who helps business travellers zip from country to country at a moment’s notice. She offers the following ten tips to ensure an incident-free business trip:
ithout a valid driver’s licence, no car rental company can issue a rental vehicle. Unless you plan on investigating the merits of public transportation at your destination, make sure you don’t forget your licence. Should you decide to take your spouse along on your business trip, or if your boss insisted that your least favourite colleague come along to hold your hand, let your travel agent know that more than one person will be driving your rental. Send your agent or the rental company the full details of your travel companion and be aware that additional driver fees are usually charged when more than one person uses a rental car. Rental car agencies can provide GPS devices (at an additional fee, of course), providing you request one when you make your booking. If you’re not handling your own rental, ask your travel agent to book a GPS for you. Of course, those who live in this century can just use Google Maps. “It is very important to get travel insurance for international travel,” Vermaak advises. “Keep the details of your insurance with you at all times.” Familiarise yourself with the health requirements of your destination. Most inoculations, such as yellow fever, have to be administered at least ten days before your return to South Africa.
If ten days in the OR Tambo quarantine room doesn’t seem like your idea of a welcome-home present, be sure to get jabbed before you leave.