When you travel abroad for business, you can find yourself in all kinds of interesting and unique places.
There are times when you might be traveling to cosmopolitan cities and destinations, and other times when you might find that you’re going to be in developing countries. There are developing countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa, which are also places where business travelers frequently need to go.
Developing countries can and do often serve as hubs for international business, but they do also have differences from more developed countries. There are varying degrees when it comes to how developing countries are designated, but in general, they do tend to have more poverty and travel challenges.
You may find yourself facing as an example, banking challenges in these countries which would require you to have money sent to you using an online money transfer service. You could also find challenges with regard to everything from drinking water to personal security.
So what are the best travel tips if you’re heading to a developing country?
Learn the Culture
Of course you’re not going to be able to learn every element of a country’s culture before traveling for work, but it is important to try and learn at least the basics. Doing a little research before you actually travel can go a long way in avoiding uncomfortable situations.
It can help you personally as you’re getting around but also with people you’re doing business with.
When you’re traveling for work to somewhere you’re unfamiliar with, you want to be able to focus as much on business as possible. With that in mind, if you’re constantly trying to source toiletries, that’s probably not going to happen.
When you’re traveling domestically, you might just buy toiletries when you arrive at your destination, or you might use what’s provided by the hotel.
That might not be an option if you’re going to a developing country. You may want to bring your own toiletries and hygiene items, especially if you think you might be spending time outside urban areas.
When you’re traveling for work in a developing country, it might not be unusual for someone to invite you into their home. Let’s say you’re working with a business partner who wants you to come over for a family meal. You don’t want to turn that person down, but you also have to think about whether or not you could potentially become ill.
For example, if that meal were to include raw vegetables, that could make you sick, and that is something to think about.
You also have to assess risks throughout your stay and think carefully about your personal safety, as well as the safety and security of money and items like your laptop and important work documents.
Finally, work with your home office while you’re away to ensure that they know where you are at all times. If they’re regularly checking in with you and something does happen, they’re much more likely to feel alerted by not hearing from you, and that can be important.