Business Travel – Are You A Witless Passenger |

“There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Scholars and authorities on good behavior, manners and etiquette would argue that proper behavior is an absolute requirement to having a harmonious society. To display proper manners not only indicates education and breeding, but also courtesy for one’s fellow man. No man is an island and courtesy is needed for everyone to co-exist.

Unfortunately, there are people who are born callous, uncaring for the others around them. To have these people around in a small, confined space, such as the cabin of an airplane, sometimes spells not only irritation, but also disaster. Terry Riley, in his article, calls them witless passengers. How does one become a witless passenger?

A witless passenger:

annoys the people around them by showing up at the airport without taking a bath.
arrives at the airport early so he can drown himself in booze before boarding.
brings with him a lot of carry-on luggage, crams them all carelessly in the overhead compartment or dumps them on the aisle if there is no more space in storage.
fights his way to be the first aboard the airplane, regardless of the assigned seat.
fixes his seat to its maximum reclined position immediately after takeoff without a care for the passenger sitting behind him, often smashing the other passenger’s knees with the back of his seat.
plays around with his tray table, letting it spring out of its lock and bounce around until it goes to a standstill.
moves around a lot, even when the flight attendants have already begun going down aisles with their service carts.
uses the back of the seat of the passenger in front of him as a brace whenever he settles back into position in his own seat, gripping it carelessly then suddenly letting go so as to jar the other passenger’s head.
allows the young children traveling with him to wreak havoc in the plane, running up and down the aisles, jumping on the other passengers and screaming loudly, disturbing those asleep.
fights his way out of the airplane without consideration for the others ahead of him as soon as the plane reaches its destination, blocking the others behind him with his assortment of carry-on junk being dragged down the aisle.
So, are you a witless passenger?

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What Makes A Good Hotel For A Business Traveller? |

Below, we take a look at what makes a good hotel for a business traveller.

Location - When you have meetings in any area of the country, it is frustrating to end up in a hotel that is miles from any transport connections or from your meetings. It is vital that the hotel has good road, bus and train links so that you can easily use the hotel as a base and get from A to B, quickly and cost effectively. There is no point paying for a really cheap hotel yet being 20 miles away from your meeting if you are going to get a taxi or then have to travel even further, so it’s important to weigh up location and cost when booking your hotel.

Price - If you are on the road regularly for business then you know the cost of the travel can soon mount up, especially if you require hotels for the majority of the week nights on your away trips. You need a hotel that is affordable and can maybe offer you some sort of discount for multiple nights when booking and also a hotel that doesn’t really hit the single traveller with supplements because they are on their own.

Comfort - After 3 hours on the road, 3 hours in meetings and then a train ride to get to your hotel, you don’t really want a bad nights sleep before you do it all again in the morning. The least you want is a comfortable bed and a clean room, with maybe some luxuries like a nice TV and tea and coffee ready to settle in for the evening. Even if the hotel is cheap, make sure you read the reviews online to make sure it’s clean and will give you a decent night’s sleep.

Facilities - It is vital for most business travellers to have free WIFI and other types of facilities, including somewhere to eat and maybe even a sneaky drink or two to relax in the evening. Most business travellers have to work on the road after a long days drive, typing up notes and getting orders back to headquarters, so its vital that any hotel a business person stays in has WIFI that is freely accessible throughout the hotel and its premises.

Parking - If you are a regular business traveller then you will know how often you have turned up to hotels and really struggled to park, which drives you not only mad but also makes the cost of your trip even more expensive. Having a hotel with free or very cheap parking is a must for most business travellers, because you need to know you won’t be hunting around for hours at the end of a long drive trying to find somewhere to park.