What you need to know about business travel

Everyone loves the idea of getting away from the daily routine and going off to visit somewhere interesting, if only for a few days.

Today more of us get the chance to travel through our work than ever before and so knowing about the differences between a holiday and business travel can be really important.

Although going away on a business trip doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself, it does involve a little more of a responsible attitude to things.

Expenses

How to pay for all the different parts of a business trip can become confusing. If everything is included, as might be the case for a corporate jaunt, then it’s quite easy to keep your personal spending separate.

If you are self employed or claiming things back on expenses things can get a lot more complicated. Using small business card is a great way to keep clear distinctions between what is a personal outlay and what constitutes a business expense (and therefore possible to claim back via tax or an employer)

Business class

When you travel ‘down the back’ of an aeroplane you expect limited personal space and a certain economy when it comes to in-flight catering. However, business class flights are only one down from First Class when it comes to the higher level of service you can expect.

Most top flight airlines rely on their business customers for their profit margins and so tickets don’t come cheap. However, a level of privacy, seats that become beds and high class standards of food and drink mean that you can arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for work.

Packing

Anyone who regularly travels for business knows that packing is even more important than for a holiday. Not only do you have to make sure you have your ‘work clothes’ as well as leisure wear, you will probably be taking some materials along for meetings or conferences, even if it is just a laptop or tablet that might usually stay at home for a holiday trip.

If you are taking any essential pieces of equipment for your work it is always best to try and include them in your carry-on luggage so that they stay with you at all times. Even if you are fully insured, the loss of data or other information can mean disaster for the whole trip.

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Comments

  1. massholemommy says

    Great tips. I don't travel for business, but my husband does occasionally. He kind of just throws everything into a big pile in his suitcase, though.

  2. toughcookiemommy says

    You are right, there is a lot to consider when you are taking a business trip. It's important to plan in advance for when you do it.
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  3. This is something I needed. Since I write alot off. I need to watch more closely!

  4. amandaripsam says

    I love to travel but I never get the chance as a stuck at home momma you don't get to often.
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  5. Great tips. I have never travelled for business as of yet, but great for future reference
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  6. kristimaloney says

    If I traveled for business, I would shoot for First Class if I could swing it, sounds like business class isn't too far off. I didn't realize that. Great tips here, I could use them in the packing light department! 🙂

  7. ladymarielle says

    Quite a bit to factor in when traveling for business purposes. So far all the trips that I got to take were for pleasure purposes.
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  8. Very good tips! I'm in the process of setting up my business bank account so when tax season comes around it'll be much more easier to do my deductions.

  9. Great tips to share! I am ALWAYS traveling… and often forget many of those useful things! Thanks for sharing these tips!

  10. Thoughts from Her says

    I travel for work a few times a year but have never purchased a business class ticket. One day I hope to get unexpectedly upgraded though!
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  11. Jennifer Williams says

    I have never traveled for business, always refused because I do not want time away from my family. Everyone I know that does travel for business conferences always comes back and all you hear about are the parties and drinking so I figured I never missed anything by not going.
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  12. My husband has to travel for business several times a year, so the packing part I've got down pat. The rest of it? Not so much. I'm not a good traveler. LOL

  13. If I traveled for work I would shoot for first class too. They look so much more comfortable!

  14. Packing for a business trip is a beast! Don't even get me started!
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  15. We do a lot of traveling, but not for business. We travel for pleasure and love it.. My Hubs used to travel a lot for business but has since retired.
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  16. What a helpful article for those with businesses who travel. I don't have a business, but I am quite good at packing.
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  17. Thanks for the information! I haven't traveled in a while but I'll keep this in mind.

  18. Never knew that about Business class seats! Then again, I've only flown twice for vacations.

  19. My husband travels twice a year for business. These are some great tips. Packing is something that we tend to struggle with still with each trip!

  20. becca112971 says

    I Can't imagine traveling for business i'm still trying to figure out the best deals for a family vacation.

  21. Nicely said. You seem to be well organized. I don't usually travel but when I do, this post will come in handy.

  22. I dont travel much, so I would have to learn everything about packing right and everything else.
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  23. We always make sure we take medications and electronics with us on the flight. This last flight we took, our luggage was delayed in Chicago and we didn't get it at our destination for a day or so. I am getting somewhat tired of traveling by plane and thinking car and train are more the way to go.
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  24. I know people who travel a LOT and always opt to pay for the in-flight WiFi. While it may seem expensive to someone traveling casually, it's worth the uninterrupted work-time for someone traveling for business.
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  25. This is a great post, and really good advice. I don't travel for work nearly as I used to, but I think it is incredibly important to plan business trips carefully. I always try to pack everything in my carry on (which for me, is nothing short of a major miracle), just so I can go from plane to taxi to business meeting easily.
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  26. Amber Nelson says

    I don't travel that much either, but these are great tips.
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  27. myrealfoodfamily says

    I'm so thankful I don't have to travel for business much. These are all great tips!
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  28. I used to have a job where I travel alot for endurance competitions and we had to bring so much gear is was nuts. I do not miss those days!
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  29. casavilorainteriors says

    This is very helpful for me. I do travel at times to tradeshows for business so this is great to know

  30. Great tips! I don't travel much, but these are very important to keep in mind when your about to leave!
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  31. Toni Patton says

    Great tips. I always try to have a baggie to put my receipts in when I travel for business LOL

  32. Ashley Gill says

    My husband does a lot of travel for business and there are so many rules he has to follow! Glad I dont have to deal with that!

  33. ericabuteau says

    Great tips for business travel. I don't travel often but when I do its not uncommon for me to forget at least one vital item!

  34. I've never really traveled for business. All my trips have been been pleasure but great tips!
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  35. I have been traveling a lot lately for business and I am almost positive that I will be booking business class for my next flight!
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  36. optimisticcourtney says

    These are some great tips about traveling for business! I don't really travel for business, although I probably could/should keep track of mileage and stuff for the blog conferences and such that I go to.
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  37. I have never travelled for business, but these are great tips to know! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  38. I wish I could experience a business class seat someday in an airplane. 🙂 Thanks for cool travel tips!

  39. Aisha Kristine Chong says

    I never really traveled for business but these are helpful!
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