If business travel were a sport, emerging markets professionals would be the long-distance runners. These individuals are constantly traveling around the globe to conduct financial analysis on the developing economies in some of the world's most remote countries.
While boarding a 17-hour flight to Singapore might be part of a dream vacation for most people, it can be a monthly commute for an emerging markets banker or lawyer. Many travel to an assigned region, say Eastern Europe or South America, regularly each quarter, and may be required to make the rounds in other regional markets if their team is on the smaller end.
With this in mind, BuzzFeed asked a group of emerging markets professionals from various banks and financial consultancies what items and advice are essential to emerging markets travel. Here's what they said:
1. Sleeping Pills
2. Shots! Shots! Shots!
3. While on the topic of shots, no booze beforehand
4. But do eat before boarding
5. Sleeping mask and headphones
6. Passport and Visas
7. Local Currency
8. A business class ticket at minimum, and never, ever fly coach
9. A flexible wardrobe
10. A plan for ground transportation
11. Shampoo and other "goodies" for the customs agents
12. Patience and a good sense of humor
Mariah Summers is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Summers reports on hospitality, travel and real estate.
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