After much hard work and consistent demonstrations of dedication to your company, you’ve now been given a promotion. Congratulations are in order. As part of your expanded responsibilities, the company needs you to perform work at an offsite location. Travel for the company is now part of your job.While many people have years of personal experience in various modes of travel, representing a company or firm while on the road can offer new challenges. It’s important to protect the trust that your company has invested in you to represent their interests in off-site locations.-Traveling with Your Boss-Sometimes the needs of the company or firm require that you travel with your boss or supervisor. This can add an extra layer of anxiety and stress to business travel, so it is important to prepare ahead of time.Despite cramped quarters and extended time spent together, employees should always treat interactions with their boss to be the same as if they were back in the office or regular workplace; professional, polite and courteous conversation should continue during travel and while on trips, unchanged from normal patterns in the office.-5 Tips for Maximizing Productivity-Savvy business travelers know that traveling offers unique ways to maintain productivity. Here are five tips for boosting productivity while on the road.1 - Skip the nap - sometimes transportation can be monotonous and unchanging, which can increase risks for low energy levels and tempt traveling employees to take a brief nap or rest while en route. Studies have shown that an unbroken night’s sleep is best, and that small energy level fluctuations throughout the day are normal. The key to maximizing productivity is to resist temporary sleep cravings and continue to work until normal energy levels are restored.2 - Write Down Everything - whether with a traditional pen and paper or using one of today’s plethora of digital methods, hard-charging employees know just how valuable writing things down can be. As both a memory tool and idea stimulant, writing down ideas, thoughts, opinions and feedback concerning company processes, work and projects can offer substantial improvements in overall work productivity.3 - Smart Apps for Smartphones - today’s savvy employees know that advancements in smartphones, tablets and mobile devices allow for greater productivity using a wide variety of useful apps and programs. Companies can work with employees to make sure that smartphones and mobile devices are equipped with the latest in productivity apps to help employees work while on the road.4 - Remove Distractions - all too often the world can tempt employees with distractions ranging from noisy fellow passengers to dings and alerts on smartphones and mobile devices. Reducing distractions, whenever possible, can work to boost productivity levels.5 - Appropriate Attire - psychologists have conclusively demonstrated that clothes have an important effect on mental attitude and work productivity. Employees who are dressed in appropriate work attire, even while traveling, are channeling their mindset and focus on the job at hand, which can greatly raise productivity levels.-Representing Your Company-Executive transportation is a privilege that the company or firm bestows on its employees. As such, it’s important to always remember that you’re representing your company or firm in the public eye.Even on your off time, or when you’re not explicitly working for the company, you are responsible for maintaining the decor and moral values of the company. Many an employee has discovered the hard way that even an accidental scandal can bring widespread disrepute and disfavor to a company or brand.Remember that you are your company or brand’s ambassador, especially so when you are traveling for business and officially representing your company or firm. You’ve worked hard to achieve your position in the company and so it is always prudent to uphold your responsibilities while traveling. So whether you’re meeting about purchasing business insurance or selling your product or service, it’s important to keep in mind who you’re representing regardless of the transaction.You should also be hyper aware of the customs and taboos of the country you are in if you’re doing business internationally. For example, If you’re traveling to Taiwan, you should know that a nod of the head or a slight bow is considered polite for an initial meeting. Handshakes are generally reserved for only males who are friends.-Packing Light is Packing Right-Knowing what clothing and personal items to pack can be difficult. The length and stay of the business trip will determine many decisions, but a good rule of thumb is to always make sure to include three complete changes of business attire.If the trip is overnight or several days in length, it can be prudent to pack some casual clothes for in-room wear as well as any necessary sleeping garments. Minimum toiletries and aesthetic products should be packed. One or two pairs of dress shoes should be adequate in most situations.For airline travel, a good tip is to try and avoid checking baggage. Small suitcases and business cases that can fit in overhead compartments or underneath seats allow for faster disembarkation upon arrival.-Reimbursements and Refunds-Whenever traveling on company or firm business, a wide variety of expenses may qualify for reimbursement or refunding from your company or firm. It’s important to keep all receipts, bills of sale and financial paperwork to document your expenditures while traveling for your company or business. Certain tax benefits may accrue for business travel expenses so it is critical to retain and preserve all relevant financial documents.