Finweek English Edition - - LIFESTYLE - ANESTA VER­MAAK Kris­tia van Heer­den

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.

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