While every stay at Punthill Apartment Hotels provides excellent value, there’s nothing wrong with trying to get the cheapest stay you can! After all, saving with cheap accommodation in Brisbane or Melbourne CBD

frees up more fun money for when you’re out and about in the trendy cafes, restaurants and bars of the city.

 

There are three easy ways to secure the lowest possible prices at Punthill Apartment Hotels:

  1. Join our loyalty programs

If you’re regularly looking for Cheap hotels in Melbourne and Brisbane then it certainly pays to join our loyalty program, Punthill Rewards. This program is free to join and gives you instant access to 10% off all Melbourne CBD & South Yarra Grand flexible rates as well as 5% off flexible rates at all other properties. You’ll be able to access lower rates than possible elsewhere, and you’ll receive VIP notification of our new and upcoming promotions.

If you travel to Brisbane or Melbourne often for work, then consider our Corporate Travel Program. Our sales team can provide excellent rates for corporate stays, even if you need to make arrangements at the last minute. Punthill apartments are ideal for short and long corporate stays with reliable internet and working spaces, plus modern function/meeting rooms at several of our locations.

 

  1. Book direct

The best way to obtain the lowest possible pricing is to book direct through our Punthill Apartment Hotels website. We even have a best price guarantee to ensure you receive the best deals on cheap accommodation in Brisbane or Melbourne city. There are no booking fees when booking direct, and our friendly reservations team is always available to help.

 

  1. Book early

As is the case with any cheap accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane, by booking early you’ll have the best chance of securing a low price. If you can, book one to two months ahead to lock in early bird pricing. And if you’re planning a last-minute getaway to the city, you can still take advantage of our Rewards program with flexible rates!

The great news is that no matter what price you pay at Punthill Apartment Hotels, you can be confident you’re receiving outstanding value for money. All stays include free Wi-Fi (with a quick signup to our Rewards program), full kitchen facilities and cable TV in modern and spacious apartments ­– plus, because we’ve chosen our 13 city locations meticulously, you’ll be placed perfectly to explore nearby retail, dining and entertainment destinations.

A work or leisure trip to Melbourne or Brisbane provides the perfect opportunity to soak up the sights and social events of these energetic city centres. Here are our top 12 suggestions for Victoria’s and Queensland’s capital cities that you won’t want to miss.

 

What to see and do in Melbourne

While you’re staying in the bustling Melbourne CBD or the hip inner suburbs, it’s a quick hop, skip and jump to world-class restaurants and attractions in the city.

 

  • Step into the State Library of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public library, to check out the stunning neoclassical architecture and tiptoe through the domed La Trobe Reading Room.
  • Explore South Melbourne Wharf at night and watch the boats and kayaks on the Yarra while you sip an ice cold beer. Webb Bridge and Seafarers Bridge are both great spots to take in the city lights.
  • Wander through Flinders Lane to spot world-class street art and to dine on Melbourne’s finest fare. There’s something for every taste here. (and by the way – Punthill Flinders Lane is seconds away!)
  • Grab a fresh juice or a piping hot donut at the Queen Victoria Market and peruse two whole city blocks of souvenirs, gifts and fresh produce, every Tuesday or Thursday through to Sunday.
  • Chill out in the sprawling 36 hectares of Royal Botanic Gardens, including a visit to the luscious Tropical Glasshouse and perhaps a starlit movie at Moonlight Cinema Melbourne.
  • While you’re in Kings Domain make a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance, where there is a moving three-minute Service of Remembrance every half hour from 10:30am daily.

 

The must-not-miss list for Brisbane

If you’re staying in central Brisbane accommodation, then you’ll be within walking distance to most of Brisbane’s natural and cultural highlights.

 

  • Shop up a storm in Fortitude Valley’s creative boutiques and independent stores, and find all your favourite brands in the expansive Queen Street Mall with an astonishing 700+ retailers.
  • Amble over to Eagle Street Pier to choose from 15 restaurants including Nagomi, Saké, Il Centro, The Bavarian and Matt Moran’s Aria. Sip a cocktail and savour the view of Story Bridge and the city.
  • Spend a morning at South Bank wandering through the lush parklands, the Queensland Maritime Museum and the Queensland Cultural Centre with its State Museum, Art Gallery and Library.
  • Hop onto Brisbane’s free CityHopper ferries, which give you a breezy cruise of the inner city. The route has eight stops including South Bank, Dockside, North Quay and the Maritime Museum.
  • Suss out the Brisbane Powerhouse arts centre during your stay. There are over 1,250 contemporary events a year, including the Brisbane Comedy Festival, workshops and touring acts.
  • Run, walk, abseil, rock climb or simply take in the sights at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park with its sheer heritage-listed cliffs and its beautiful view of the city lights across the Brisbane River at night.

 

No matter which central Brisbane or Melbourne suburb you’re staying in, you’ll be able to arrive back at your serviced apartment and relax with reliable Wi-Fi and a comfortable bed with Punthill Apartment Hotels.

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Business travellers to Melbourne, forget that FOMO! With a few savvy changes and the right approach you can experience some of the city’s best sights and colourful scenes, even between the dullest of meetings. Here are five quick tips on getting the most out of your Melbourne business trip.

 

Make a weekend out of it

If you have a meeting scheduled on a Friday, why not request a return flight on Monday morning? Or if you’re attending a meeting at the start of the week you could ask to fly into Melbourne on Saturday to gain an extra day. You’ll have far more time to relax and experience the city, rather than seeing a blur from your Uber as you rush to and from the airport. You might even be able to cover an extra night’s accommodation by flying at a cheaper time. Well done – you’ve scored yourself more time for Melbourne adventures!

 

Find some of the city’s best solo dining options

Just because you’re sans dining partner, it doesn’t mean you need to spend every night in. By staying in central short term accommodation in Melbourne you’ll be an easy amble from some of the best dining hotspots in the city, so put your best duds on and take yourself out. Pull up a seat at popular single-diner spots like Supernormal in Flinders Lane for modern Asian fusion, or sit at the counter at Italian favourite Tipo 00 on Little Bourke Street and chat to some friendly locals.

 

Get plenty of fresh air

Melbourne may be known for its ever-changing weather but there are plenty of opportunities to get out into the sunshine and under the stars. Join a Melbourne street art tour and pose next to the kaleidoscopic murals in Flinders Lane, or relax with a picnic lunch in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Head to St Kilda, where you can take in the backpackers and rollerbladers along the Esplanade while you sip a coffee. Finish up your evening overlooking the city lights at a lively rooftop bar, such as Naked in the Sky in Fitzroy.

 

Explore somewhere new every time

One of the most amazing things about this vibrant city is the fact that no two weekends are ever the same. Whether you’re staying in short or long term accommodation in Melbourne, you‘ll have an overwhelming range of options for your stay in the city – we’d recommend writing a list and ticking things off on every visit! There’s film and TV at ACMI (with free entry), a world of history at Melbourne Museum, and performing arts at Arts Centre Melbourne. Be sure to plan ahead to catch amazing live music at the Corner Hotel, and to spend some balmy summer nights at the Melbourne Zoo’s twilight concerts.

 

Book in well-located serviced apartments in Melbourne for a long stay

If you do need to stay in Melbourne for an extended period of time, make sure you put that company credit card to good use and book into spacious and serviced long stay apartments in Melbourne’s centre. Punthill Apartment Hotels provides excellent rates for regular business travellers. Register now for our Corporate Travel Program and enjoy affordable, stylish stays at our 13 different locations.

While business travel can be exciting and productive, one thing it definitely isn’t known for is being relaxing! Here are five easy ways to improve your comfort on your next work trip, from bringing the essentials to booking short or long term accommodation in Melbourne or Brisbane.

 

Bring the essentials for an easy flight

A few simple additions to your carry-on bag can make all the difference on long layovers. Be sure to throw in some noise cancelling headphones, an eye mask and an inflatable neck pillow to help you catch some shut-eye – and beat any jet lag before it has a chance to take hold. A water bottle is also a must so you can stay hydrated before and during your flight.

 

Pack a pair of slippers

It may seem an odd thing to include, but a pair of slippers can be a blessing both on the plane and at your destination when travelling for work. You’ll be able to slip off your shoes and relax in comfort on your flight rather than shuffle around in only socks. Then, once you reach your accommodation you’ll be able to settle right in as if you were at home. It’s such a small thing, but slippers can make a huge difference.

 

Invest in metal-free accessories

There are few more uncomfortable feelings than standing at the airport security line sans belt, shoes and watch as they slowly pass through the x-ray machine. If you fly often for work, look for accessories that are made from security-friendly materials so you can cut down on wasted time. Plastic or non-magnetic materials such as brass, copper and aluminium can provide low-stress options.

 

Wear comfortable clothing

Flying has long been an occasion for which people get out their finest threads, but that doesn’t mean you need to be uncomfortable on your business trip. Opt for loose or stretchy pants or skirts that will allow you freedom of movement on your flight, and then add a more formal touch with accessories such as a tailored jacket or a structured top before your meetings start. Silk, cotton and other breathable fabrics are best!

 

Book a well-equipped hotel or apartment

The final tip for making your work journey as comfortable as possible is to book the right type of accommodation. Forego the usual stuffy or outdated hotel room – instead, look to a spacious apartment with a modern kitchen area, separate living area and high speed Wi-Fi so you can relax with some snacks and Netflix after your meetings are over. At Punthill Apartment Hotels, you can obtain special pricing on short and long term accommodation in Brisbane or Melbourne through our Corporate Travel Program.

 

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So many corporate venues seem to be outdated, uncomfortable or completely void of personality – but it doesn’t have to be this way! It’s worth taking a little extra time to find a modern venue with the facilities you really need. From team building exercises to panel interviews, here’s what to look for when booking your next meeting space in Melbourne or Brisbane.

 

  • Reliable WiFi

Forget fiddling around with a temperamental or flimsy internet connection in the middle of a board meeting. Any conference room should have stable WiFi that’s easy to connect to and won’t drop out at crucial moments. Stability is going to be key for showing videos and other data-heavy media.

 

  • The technology you need

Need a projector, smart TV, microphone or conference call setup? Before booking your meeting room in the city, ask if the venue has the audio visual equipment and technology you’ll require – and that this will be set up and ready for you to use. Nobody wants to have to call in the IT guy at the last minute.

 

  • The space and services for breaks

Not many of us can stay perfectly focused for eight hours straight, and taking regular breaks is great for both concentration and networking. Ensure your booked meeting rooms have a garden or courtyard area where people can take a breather, as well as delicious catering options for coffee and lunch breaks.

 

  • A great location close to transport and parking

The last thing you want is for a client to arrive to your meeting frazzled because they couldn’t find a parking spot. Search for a central meeting venue close to transport options and free or paid parking. If participants are travelling to the city, ensure there are also quality Melbourne hotels or serviced apartments close by.

 

  • A welcoming atmosphere

A conference room needn’t consist of four stark walls and hard plastic chairs. Search for meeting room hire in Melbourne and Brisbane that offers comfortable furniture, modern styling and a sense of overall quality that will reflect well on your organisation. Thoughtful interior design can set everyone at ease and make for a more productive meeting.

 

  • Great value

Meetings are often intended to either boost productivity or minimise costs, and finding great value in your conference venues will support these objectives. Better still, by finding an affordable meeting venue you’ll be able to organise meetings regularly and/or at the last minute.

 

For stylish meeting room hire as well as Brisbane and Melbourne accommodation, consider Punthill Apartment Hotels. Our dedicated events teams are available to arrange the perfect business spaces for you at our Burwood, Dandenong, Essendon, Knox, Little Bourke, South Yarra Grand and Williamstown locations, as well as the Brisbane CBD.

Do you dread the moments you’re asked to travel for work? There are a few simple tricks that can make all the difference when you’re a corporate traveller, from booking spacious and well-equipped corporate accommodation in Melbourne or Brisbane to backing up your data regularly. Here are our tips for not only surviving your work trips – but actually looking forward to them!

 

Tip #1: Master living out of a suitcase

If you haven’t already, it’s time to become a pro at smart packing. Step one is to find the perfect suitcase which is durable, stylish and the ideal size for your length of stay. Step two is to refer to your work travel checklist to ensure you don’t leave anything behind. Step three is to learn how to roll your clothing to avoid wrinkles and save space. Step four is to arrive at your serviced apartments in Melbourne or Brisbane for a long stay and to smile because you have everything you need for your time away from home.

 

Tip #2: Stay healthy by cooking your own food
Eating out all the time is expensive and can quickly get tiresome. Break up your work trip by booking an apartment with a fully equipped kitchen so you can make your own breakfasts, prepare fresh lunches and enjoy a lazy night in without having to order greasy takeaway. As a bonus, you’ll know that you have a corkscrew and a wine glass to celebrate the end of a successful work week.

 

Tip #3: Use the opportunity to see the sights
Downtime is incredibly important when you’re away for work. There will be so much to experience within minutes of your Melbourne or Brisbane accommodation, so get out and about! See a film or musical, walk along the Brisbane or Yarra rivers, or catch up with that old friend you haven’t seen since high school in the city. Taking the time to relax and savour the good times will help you stay motivated, even on a long stay.

 

Tip #3: Back. Everything. Up.
We can’t stress this enough! If you’re travelling with your laptop and it gets damaged in transit, will you have a backup of that presentation or report at your fingertips? You can automatically and affordably back up important documents in the cloud these days through Google Drive or Dropbox, so make good use of the modern world and have a digital Plan B in place in case things happen to go awry.

 

Tip #4: Book into spacious accommodation

Whether you’re spending all day in soulless offices or have just come in on a long-haul flight, you’ll want your own space to stretch out and unwind in. Forget squishy hotel rooms with a poor excuse for a work desk, and ask your company to spend a similar amount on a studio or one bedroom apartment instead. You could have reliable WiFi and your own workstation to make life easier, plus modern open-plan living spaces to make your trip feel more like a holiday.

 

Tip #5: Register with Punthill for rewards

If you’re travelling regularly in Melbourne and/or Brisbane, you should absolutely consider the Punthill Corporate Travel Program. This program provides discounted rates at all of our short and long term accommodation in Brisbane and Melbourne.

 

And even if you only visit us occasionally, it’s worth signing up for our free rewards program which will score you 10% off South Yarra and Melbourne CBD flexible rates and 5% off all other properties.

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If you’re travelling to Brisbane soon for a work trip, then the biggest mistake you could possibly make is to work too much and miss all of the culture, food, music and incredible nature that this city has to offer. There’s no reason you can’t mix business with pleasure! Be sure to shut that laptop whenever possible and treat yourself to the following experiences in Queensland’s sunny capital.

 

Jog along the river

Brisbane has some fantastic running tracks if you feel like burning off some energy before your meetings for the day. From Punthill Apartment Hotel’s Spring Hill location you can head across Story Bridge, down through Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and run along the river, cross the river at Goodwill Bridge and head back up through leafy South Bank (a total of approximately 8km). You could even cool of at the famous man-made Streets Beach on the way! The Roma Street Parklands are also a beautiful option for an early morning jog surrounded by greenery.

 

Find your new favourite coffee spot

If your apartment is close to the city centre, then you’ll have the perfect opportunity to pick a favourite coffee spot from amongst Brisbane’s famously good cafés. We love the Spring Hill Deli & Produce, Two Black Birds Cafe and Wicked Corner Café, which are all just a few minutes from our Spring Hill apartments. There’s simply no better way to work than sitting at a trendy inner-city spot, savouring an espresso and some smashed avo.

 

Find Brisbane’s vibrant art scene

Get ready for some colourful culture, because the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) are must-sees while you’re in town. You can easily lose a morning or whole day in South Bank between QAGOMA, the Queensland Museum and Science Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Best of all, many of the history and art exhibitions are free. Of course, there’s also a thriving local arts and music scene to check out in the city. See Visit Brisbane for this week’s art exhibitions, and take a look at Bandsintown to find local and international acts playing near you.

 

Wine and dine at Brissie’s best restaurants

It’s great having your own kitchen at your budget long term accommodation in Brisbane, but don’t let this stop you from taking yourself on a date night at some of the city’s most beloved dining spots. We have Farah Restaurant within walking distance, which does amazing Persian fare, as well as Creole Soul Kitchen which makes hearty and low-fuss food. You might also venture a little further afield to the Post Office Dining Room for classy pub fare, or Urbane Restaurant for their delightful multi-course menus.

 

Of course, when you’re done exploring you’ll want to come home to comfortable and budget-friendly short or long term accommodation in Brisbane’s centre. Punthill’s Spring Hill apartments offer free WiFi, secure undercover parking and your own work station in modern surroundings.

You may be looking to hold a boardroom meeting, a product launch, a safety training seminar or a cocktail function. So where do you begin? If you’re searching for event spaces in Melbourne or Brisbane then there are certain aspects that will help your event go off without a hitch. Here are the absolute must-haves for a corporate venue.

 

  • Proximity to the city centre

It doesn’t matter if your guests are your own employees, high-flying bankers or international contacts arriving for a product launch – proximity to the city centre makes it easy for everyone to find and travel to you. We’d recommend choosing a location that’s close to train and bus stations, and also a venue that includes either paid or free parking. Suburbs have their own unique reputations, too, so choose a stylish area such as South Yarra in Melbourne or Spring Hill in Brisbane to present your organisation in the best environment.

 

  • Capacity for your desired audience or group

Whether you’re holding a seminar for 10 or a cocktail function for 160, you’ll want to be sure that the venue is spacious and suitably equipped, with enough bathrooms for participants and guests. It’s also wise to seek a venue with a breakout area or an external courtyard or garden for your next event. This can be useful if guests need to work in smaller groups for an exercise wish or to take time to themselves during breaks.

 

  • A sense of sophistication

Potential business clients will be less likely to take your presentation seriously if you’re standing in front of an old whiteboard underneath a flickering fluoro light! First impressions are crucial, so put your best foot forward with a sleek and sophisticated corporate venue that stands apart from the usual bland corporate aesthetic. Look for modern carpeting and accessories, spacious rooms and up-to-date technology that means presentations and launches will be glitch-free.

 

  • Accommodation options for those travelling

If your guests are travelling from interstate or overseas, you’ll want them to enjoy a convenient and comfortable stay. What better than a corporate venue with its own serviced apartments in studio, one or two bedroom configurations? Participants will be able to relax immediately knowing they don’t have to travel far to make that next meeting or seminar. Again, proximity to the city and cultural centres will be invaluable for your guests, so keep this in mind when considering both accommodation and event spaces in Brisbane and Melbourne.

 

  • An events team

An events team can ensure that your corporate event goes exactly as planned, from identifying the right layout of the room, to organising catering, to making sure audio visual equipment is ready to go before the event begins. If you don’t know where to start, start by speaking with the event planning team! Quality conference venues in Melbourne and Brisbane will often provide their own dedicated events team, as we do here at Punthill Apartment Hotels.

 

You can view all of our beautiful event spaces in Melbourne and Brisbane on our Meetings & Events page. The team would be delighted to discuss your unique requirements and put together a tailored solution to suit.

Carry on or check in? Hard shell or soft? Leather or plastic?

There are almost as many options for luggage as the 100,000 flights that take off around the world each day, and your choice says a lot about you. If you’re on the search for the perfect bag or suitcase for your business trips, read through our handy guide before you buy.

 

A carry-on suitcase: For the nimble corporate traveller.

Hand luggage is ideal for a one-day or two-day business trip, whether you have a single meeting in Sydney or are booking into short term accommodation in Melbourne or Brisbane for the night. Carry-on bags will help you save you on baggage fees and save time. Slide your bag into the overhead compartment, put your feet up and relax knowing you won’t need to go anywhere near the luggage carousel when you arrive. Even better – you’ll be first in line for a taxi or Uber.

Brands to consider: Crumpler, Samsonite, Flylite.

 

A leather duffel bag: For the street-smart business traveller.

If your business travels often take you to more intrepid destinations or you prefer a little old-world charm, then look to a sophisticated leather duffel bag for your luggage purchase. A high-quality leather duffel is virtually indestructible and looks smart with the finest of corporate wear. Pair it with well-made leather shoes and you’ll be ready to take on the business world wherever you happen to be.

Brands to consider: R.M. Williams, Gucci, Ted Baker.

 

A check-in suitcase: For the traveller who’s in it for the long haul.

Setting off for a week or more? Then a check-in bag will be perfect for you. You’ll be able to open your case right up at your long term accommodation Melbourne or Brisbane and instantly find what you need. One of the biggest decisions will be between hard and soft shell suitcases. The former gives you great protection for your gear, while the latter will provide plenty of give for bulky contents or extra shopping. Retractable handles and low-profile wheels are a must to keep your baggage in great condition over time. One other thing is for sure – buying high quality will mean a more durable luggage choice and less risk of underwear ending up on the baggage carousel!

Brands to look for: Samsonite, Antler, American Tourister.

 

Convertible luggage: For the corporate traveller who’s ready for anything.

If you’re looking for a bag that can adapt to any business trip, then consider finding yourself a stylish convertible solution. There are super-lightweight backpacks that can be opened and packed like suitcases, which make ideal carry-on bags. Many have padded laptop and wheels to make your airport dashes a cinch. Look for lightweight luggage in solid block colours and streamlined designs to complement your professional outfits.

Brands to consider: Eagle Creek, Kathmandu, Osprey.

 

Members of the Punthill Corporate Travel Program are rewarded with special rates on stylish short and long term accommodation in Brisbane and Melbourne.

 

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The phrase ‘business trip’ often conjures the idea of a cramped hotel room along with extortionate data charges for WiFi – but it simply doesn’t have to be this way! By planning ahead and choosing the right accommodation for your corporate journeys, you can find great value and well-appointed surroundings to help you unwind between business meetings. So what should you be looking for in your business travel accommodation?

 

Complimentary WiFi

This should be first on the list for any corporate traveller: free, reliable internet so you can finalise those final crucial points in your report or presentation – and treat yourself to something fun on Netflix after the day is done! Bonus points if your accommodation has Foxtel or paid TV.

 

Kitchen facilities

Who wants to eat out morning, noon and night for weeks at a time? By finding long term accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane with kitchen facilities it will be easy to make a quick breakfast, whip up a salad for a healthy lunch or open a bottle of quality red on a Friday night.

 

Laundry facilities

There are so many benefits to having your own washer and dryer when you’re away for work. You’ll always have fresh socks, you won’t have to trust your favourite shirt to an unknown laundromat or dry cleaner, and it will be easy to look your best for every meeting.

 

Regular apartment servicing

If you’re in town for a week or more, it simply makes sense to book serviced apartments in Melbourne for a comfortable long stay. You’ll arrive home to clean, fresh sheets on the regular and won’t have to lift a finger. That means more free time to explore the city and its secret laneways and cafes.

 

A meeting room

It’s incredibly convenient to be able to invite a business prospect to your presentation when you have your own modern and well-equipped meeting room. Punthill has ideal facilities at our Brisbane, Burwood, Dandenong, Essendon, Knox, Little Bourke, South Yarra Grand and Williamstown locations.

 

Proximity to public transportation (and coffee)

When you’re planning to visit clients or leads at their offices, be sure to stay in apartments that are close to trains, office locations and taxi ranks. A stylish SoHo-style apartment close to Flinders Lane, for example, will place you perfectly close to the transport hub and Melbourne’s best eateries and coffee spots.

 

Reward programs for better value

If you’re not getting rewarded for regular business stays, then it’s time for a change. Regular corporate travellers can secure special corporate rates at our 14 properties with the Punthill Corporate Travel Program. Speak with the team today about long term accommodation in Brisbane and Melbourne.

You’ve been briefed and you’ve been sent the details for your flight – now all that’s left to do is to prepare for your business trip. If this is your first time travelling for work, read through our tried-and-tested tips to ensure a successful journey.

 

Set your out-of-office reply

Now’s the time to speak with your colleagues and prepare your auto-reply messages. Set up a professional out-of-office email for your inbox, including an emergency contact for any problems that may arise. Are you likely to be less available on your work phone than usual? Add a voicemail greeting to let callers know that you’ll get back to them as soon as possible, and you’ll be able to focus completely on the meeting or job at hand.

 

Write a list and check it twice

Fail to prepare and you may as well prepare to fail. It’s wise to write up a list that you can check off and use again for each upcoming business trip, including clothing, toiletries and stationery. Most importantly, be sure to check that you’ve packed your charger, USB flash drives and important files and folders before leaving the office to avoid any embarrassing delays in front of potential clients.

 

Use your frequent flyers wisely

Will you be flying regularly for work? Ensure your employer sets you up correctly with frequent flyer points so you can make the most of those flights. It could make all the difference when you have the chance to return home early on a Friday night after that business deal has been wrapped up. You could even get some free personal flights or upgrades to first class, which will make that next holiday so much sweeter…

 

Book central and comfortable accommodation

Forget crummy old motels on loud highways. Serviced apartments in Melbourne or other destinations will make a long stay a complete pleasure when you can walk to cafes, bars, gyms and restaurants. If you can, book into accommodation that includes your own kitchen and laundry facilities so you can make your own meals and look your most polished without spending a fortune on hotel laundry services.

 

Pro traveller’s hint: You can secure special corporate rates on long and short term accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane through the Punthill Corporate Travel Program.

 

Keep to your usual routine

A great way to get over jetlag is to maintain your regular routine as it suits your new time zone. That means waking when you normally would, exercising as you usually would (even if it’s a quick jog down the road between meetings), and keeping to your usual times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not only can this keep you more alert for your meetings, but it can also ease your transition when you arrive back home.

 

Give yourself enough time before and between meetings

Timing is key to arriving at your meetings cool, calm and collected rather than flustered. If you’re planning several meetings or presentations in a single trip, allow yourself enough time between work sessions for inner-city transit, to catch lunch and to hone your focus onto your next business interaction.

 

From booking long term accommodation in Brisbane or your city of arrival, to catching enough shut-eye each night, these few simple tips will ensure your work travel is successful and enjoyable.

Travelling for business can range from a quick interstate trip to a complete relocation, but there are some items that will make every business trip a productive (and enjoyable) one. Whether you’re away for just one night in Brisbane or booking into serviced apartments in Melbourne for a long stay, don’t forget these corporate travel essentials.

 

Business cards

There are fascinating stories of travellers meeting new business partners on planes – in fact, one in five Virgin Atlantic travellers in a 2014 Hall & Partners survey said they had done business with someone they had met on a flight. Even if you prefer to snooze in your seat, it pays to have a handful of spare business cards tucked into a pocket as you head towards your travel destination.

 

Computer, charger and cables

You arrive at your client’s office and go to power up your presentation, only to realise that you’ve left your charger at home with 5% battery remaining… It’s an experience that every business traveller wants to avoid, so be sure to check that you’ve packed your computer, devices, portable charger, any international adaptors and charging cables before leaving home.

 

Comfortable business attire which doubles for casual

One of our favourite corporate travel tips is to wear comfortable pants or a skirt for your flight and to add a simple, tailored jacket before any meetings that day. Experienced travellers often pack clothing that can double as casual wear or business wear, such as a versatile silk shirt. It’s also worth packing an extra set of clothes and underwear in case your flight happens to be delayed!

 

Two pairs of shoes

Your work shoes may be suitable for a short flight and single business meeting, but if you have the chance to see the sights or to exercise while you’re away it’ll be wise to bring some comfortable walking or running shoes. Our long term accommodation in Brisbane and Melbourne is nestled within the city centres, offering the chance to get out and find fresh air – and some of the world’s best coffee!

 

Water bottle

It sounds simple enough, but staying hydrated is key to arriving at your important meetings ready to put your best foot forward. Remember to empty your water bottle while moving through airport security and fill up at any available water fountains, and you’ll never have to pay for overpriced bottled water again. Filtered water bottles will have the added advantage of purifying the water you drink.

 

The great news is that these travel essentials can easily fit into a carry-on or check-in bag if you pack with care. Rolling clothing will save space and minimise wrinkles, and placing socks into shoes will free up extra room in your suitcase.

 

Our favourite travel tip of all? Members of the Punthill Corporate Travel Program receive special corporate rates on their stays at 14 stylish options for long and short term accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane. Each apartment offers complimentary WiFi, full kitchen facilities and laundry amenities to make every corporate stay a comfortable one.

 

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