Business travel usually has a somewhat negative connotation to it. Travel has conventionally been associated with vacation time and most expect it to be relaxing and leisurely.
Traveling for business is the opposite. It involves meetings, running around from one place, city, country to another. It’s all about hotel living but without making the most of the amenities. No time to be a tourist, there’s actually an added pressure of work that lingers on 24×7.
But, there’s a silver lining to Business Travel. In a weird way, traveling for work has its own charm, opportunities, and with the right attitude can actually be quite enjoyable.
Here are ten lessons you can learn and make the most of from Business Travel
New Places – The most obvious perk of business travel is being able to visit different parts of the world, often to smaller, less touristy places that have stayed under the radar of your average traveler. Sometimes, the true character of a country is in these small towns and work can help immerse you in its culture and traditions in the truest of form.
Food – If you’re a foodie and relish eating out, then business travel is a great way to experience cuisines at places you visit. Being short on time doesn’t mean you won’t eat, so make it local and experiment with food that is around you.
Hotels – I enjoy staying in hotels, it’s comfortable, the rooms are taken care of, and in terms of accommodation there’s little to worry about. Moreover, over the last decade the idea of business hotels has really taken off, places that are clean, chic, unique, and provide all business comforts one might need specially when staying for a short period of time.
Organization Skills /Time Management – One of the biggest advantages of business travel is that it challenges your organization skills. Because everything – meetings, flights, various bookings – are so tightly planned, when there is even a slight change – delays or cancellations – you have to reorganize your entire trip. Do you have a back-up plan? How will reach your destination? Or, would you have to make that dreaded call to a client for rescheduling? It all boils down to how good a quick thinker you are.
People – Unlike visiting a new place for the first time, when out on business, you already have a local source of information handy, your client. Whether it is information about the best place to eat, the most happening bar, or those secret hidden spots that make the city you’re in special, simply ask your client about it once the meeting is over.
Airline Miles / Hotel Points – Everyone loves collecting points and business travelers get the chance to accumulate quite a bit of hotel and airline miles thanks to their constant travels which can later be used for serious upgrades or vacation travel.
Semi-Luxurious Travel – Certain companies – or if you own your own business – allow their employees to travel in business-class on long-haul flight so that they are fresh and rejuvenated upon arrival and that’s one perk alone why I love to travel for work. Moreover, often officials get to stay in five-star hotels when representing the company who obviously doesn’t want to come across as cheap in front of their clients by making their employees stay in average residences.
Special Treatment – When you visit the same place again and again and stay at the same hotel or eat at the same restaurant, over time you start to get recognized and special treatments are a plenty for repeat customers no matter where you are in the world.
Technology – From GPS enabled luggage to laptops that change into tablets to mobile internet devices, the latest gadgets are every business travelers play toy. There’s always something new being invented and is often geared towards the industry of business travel. So, if you are even remotely a techie, you’ll have lots to choose from when traveling for business.
Going solo – Business Travel has almost all the advantages of going solo with the added benefit of having work to do which can keep you busy. Want a bit of peace and quiet, shop at your own pace, have a night cap, need time to introspect, you get to do all of that and best of all, you get to do it your way!
To be honest, I’ve never traveled for business. However, this post certainly highlights the perks of business travel. I guess my favorites are that you get to collect points and travel better than a backpacker!
I can confirm that, business travel for me is also usually something totally different than being on vacation in a new place. But I must say there are some new perspectives in your article I haven’t seen it that way. True, when you think about that, you have also many opportunities like staying in a great place, having already locals for some special tips about good places to see etc.
The best kind of business travels for me are those where you have the chance to stay for at least one day longer and have also some time to see a new places privately, but to be honest, that doesnt really happen that often. Most I like the point about special treatment when you visit one place more often, I also experienced that nice privilege.
I use to be an investor and travelled for business all the time. If I was going away somewhere, I would try and take time off at the end of the Business trip so i could explore the area especially if I had not been before. You are right there is a love of advantages to like the airlines for a real holiday 🙂 I got to say in some luxury places too which was the added bonus
I completely agree about the semi-luxurious aspect of travelling. I used to travel a lot for work, and always enjoyed the alone time in a gorgeous hotel! Quite right about the hotel and air miles too, always a great perk to come home with after a trip!
You have definitely highlighted some great points here. Business travel is certainly not all it is sometimes made out to be and it often really tires you, especially on long haul flights. However, through a bit of careful planning you can maximize the itinerary to your benefit and make it more memorable than ‘just another business trip’.
This is such a good post! Business travel can be such a pain but with perks like airline points and hotel points I definitely think it is often worth it. My favorite business travel perk? It’s free 😉 Thanks for sharing!
I have never been on a business trip before but my husband and many of other people I know has. I am the contrary who thinks that business trip seems very awesome. But I always hear how boring and tiring it can be most of the time. Most of the time it is long flight and you have to be on an important meeting the same day you arrive and have a big smile on your face. And then the next day fly back. The biggest difficulty I have heard is when you are having a family, that you have to be away….but I do know a lot of fathers who loves going on the business trip for this reason…lol. At the end I guess all this depend of the job you have and where you are going but I do agree with you that no matter what it is always good to sleep in a luxury hotel and eat great food!
This is super useful. I noticed air bnb offering business stays and it got me thinking about travelling business style a bit more. It’s great to know the hotels aimed at business travellers are good too.Love your take on the whole food thing too. Fab blog!
I’ve traveled once for business and it was to New York. I totally agree that business travel challenges your organizational skills, at the last minute, my colleague and I ended up missing our flight back to our hometown and had to sleep overnight at the airport! Thank god it was at the end though, after business was all done and dealt with. I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if we missed our flight there.
IMO, Business travel is always a great way to get out and meet people face to face while also experiencing new cities. I travel a lot for work and find it as a great way to get outside of the day to day grind of my office and computer. I’m able to get in-person meetings and expand my network.
Thank you for the positive post on business travel, I think we get caught up in the day to day trials and tribulations and your post makes you pause, step back, and enjoy the aspects of traveling for business.
J Smith - Biz Travel Blogger
Great article. For me it’s all about new places.
Ticker Eats The World
Thanks, and yes that goes without saying.