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Do you travel often for business? Have you made some mistakes in the past that cost you time and money and want to have more enjoyable business travel experiences in the future?

Even as a frequent business traveler, you know one thing to be true: there are always challenges standing in your way. If you’re a business owner, you may struggle with the process of maintaining your website and social media accounts while you’re out of the office, for example.

And then there’s the challenges related to the travel itself -- checking in and out of airports, rushing to business meetings, having to call the airline to ask if you can put hockey skates in your carry-on because the major client you’re meeting wants to chat “on the ice” as soon as you land -- being a traveling businessman is a completely one-of-a-kind experience with a steep learning curve.

Even if you have made mistakes in the past (and who hasn’t), there’s no need to be embarrassed about your travel faux pas. As you refine your approach to business travel, you’ll realize it’s much easier to book your trip, get from point A to point B, and have an enjoyable time in the process.

Here are four business travel tips to keep in mind at all times:

  1. A Budget is a Must

According to Certify, the average cost of a business trip is $949. You may be in a position to spend far less than that if you’re going someplace fairly close to your hometown or don’t need to stay for more than a day or two, but there will also be trips that run far more than that. Either way, you need to take into consideration what your business budget allows and what out-of-pocket spending is acceptable before you head out for the trip.

It can be easy to overspend when you’re on the go, and the last thing you need is to be questioned about your expense ledger or be forced to pay for things out of pocket after the fact.

  1. Ditch the Rental Car

While it’s not always possible or realistic to forgo a rental car, there are times when you don’t need to tack on the additional expense, and if you can cut this from your budget, you could save hundreds of dollars or take on the liability of a rental car. Check to see if your hotel has an airport shuttle, for example, and then take a taxi or snag an Uber to your conference hall or meeting location.

If you absolutely can’t get away with skipping the rental car, USA Today shares a variety of tips for getting the best deal. For example, you can secure a lower rate if you book for an entire week as opposed to a few days.

  1. Search Carefully for the Right Hotel

There is a lot to consider when comparing hotels. Some travelers focus primarily on location, but others are all about the amenities. Needless to say, you need to keep a close eye on the price.

According to Quartz, the average cost of a night in a hotel varies based on a variety of factors, including the city in which you’re staying. For example, the average daily rate in Salt Lake City, Utah is $104.52; however, if you find yourself in Seattle, the average rate is a bit higher, at around $174.

With the help of the internet, you can compare a variety of hotels, paying close attention to the details that are most important to you.

  1. Watch What You Eat

There are at least a couple of reasons you need to watch what you eat when traveling for business. First and foremost, a poor diet can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health, which is not something you need when you’re away from home and attempting to perform at your peak.

Secondly, the more you eat out while you’re traveling, the more money you will spend. According to The Simple Dollar, the average meal outside the home is $12.75. This may not sound like a lot until you find yourself eating out several times each day while away on business.

Whether you’re selling the best tactical flashlight to companies across the country or just taking a trip to an annual seminar or business retreat, these travel tips can help you maximize your business travel opportunities.

Are you a business travel frequent flyer? What advice would you give less experienced travelers as they prepare for their trips? Comment with your tips below.

 

 


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