Is yours a field job that requires regular trips inside and outside the country? Traveling for business is something which cannot be avoided. Be it for delivering lecture at conferences or to attend events or to meet new clients, a business trip always adds things to work, from an expansion in businesses to a new experience, unforgettable memories and a fresh perspective.
Regular travel may become monotonous or tiring for some. At the same time it is also time consuming and may end up heavy on your pocket, especially if the trip didn’t go as planned and brought in nothing.
For such business trips, there are a few simple ways to reduce the amount of money spent, over and above the travel allowances that you get from the company or the client.
Use cards for payments
Heavy transaction costs are levied on cash payments if you are traveling abroad. Use credit or debit cards to avoid this. On card transactions too some amount of international charge is applied but this can be controlled by calling up your bank before leaving the country and informing them about your plans so as to avoid paying extra charges.
This may come off as an odd way to save money but it surely is effective. Wear layers of clothing. When it gets too warm outside and if you are wearing a tank top beneath your top then you will save yourself from the unwanted expense of shopping. Similarly if you wear a full sleeves t-shirt then you are all set if it gets chilly outside. That is how the layers are going to help you in your journey.
The easiest way to save time is to pack light by carrying only on board luggage. Thereby you won’t have to wait each time for luggage at the arrival.
Stick with a single brand
If you are a frequent flyer then stick to one airlines. As your flying hours will start adding up you will be eligible to avail coupons and special discounts. Same goes for hotel bookings. Stick to one chain of hotel wherever you go to avail their special benefits over time.
This goes without saying that, in your travels, be it for business or pleasure, you should always carry all kinds of medicines even if you are not taking any currently. First, the money that is saved from the expense that you otherwise would have had to make. Secondly, the not so obvious reason for which you should pack even unnecessary medicines is that you can’t take any risks by depending on the unfamiliar place for getting all your medications, if the need arises, especially if you are on a business trip. Health is wealth undoubtedly.
Traveling can be avoided
There are alternatives to traveling. It is not extremely necessary to travel. With the age of internet and technology, business trips can be easily avoided and carried out virtually through a Skype call or Hangout meetings.