Working as executive director and chairman of the board of directors for the Business Development Institute International, Howard Nutt is no stranger to travel. In fact, throughout his career he has worked with companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Facilitating business deals, providing business development training and consultations, and building professional relationships have required him to refine his travel skills to maximize each trip. Traveling internationally does not have to become an overwhelming task. There are numerous ways that people can make sure they are ready for their trip, prevent avoidable hang-ups, and ensure smoother transitions.
1. Maintain a Valid Passport
Nowadays a passport is necessary to travel virtually anywhere, notes Howard Nutt. Check each country’s entrance and exit requirements before the trip. Find out if a visa is required, or if there are certain specifications the passport must meet. Make sure that it will not expire during the trip. If applying for a passport, do this several weeks before the trip to leave enough time for processing and shipping.
Howard Nutt recommends that people keep their passport on them at all times. Leaving it in a bag or piece of luggage increases the risk that it will become lost or stolen. Having it on their body means that they always have proof of identification on hand. Read more