Business Travel, an opportunity for eyes to be opened to new experiences, friendships and business ventures. But amongst the Jet-lag long days and time away from home, what benefits can you gain from travelling for business?
Here we give you 5 advantages of travelling for business…
#1 See the world
Taking you to the far corners of the world, business travel creates the opportunity to see places most people will never see in their lifetimes. If the opportunity arises to travel for business purposes grab it with both hands! If your company allows there may be opportunities to experience some “Bleisure” time. From new cuisines to points of interest only seen on the big screen, corporate travel can be the perfect way to explore.
#2 Meet New People
Layovers and long flight times can become mini networking events and can be a catalyst for new professional international relationships. Not only this, meeting new colleagues/clients whom you may have only spoken to via email or conference call can strengthen foundations to a good working relationship. Business travel also broadens you culturally, as you spend time with colleagues and customers overseas.
#3 Stories to tell
Whether it's the things you have seen, being lost in translation story or just the amount of stamps collected on your passport, there will always be a story to tell from your experience of travelling for business.
#4 Earn Rewards
Many travellers are familiar with frequent flyer programmes offered by airlines that give them points every time they fly, but lots of airlines also offer corporate reward schemes for organisations that travel on business too. Completely free to join, corporate reward schemes give your business reward points for the flights you book that are redeemable against air ticket costs and upgrades, or in some cases other travel products such as hotels, lounge access or car rental.
If you use a travel management company, your account manager will be able to advise you which schemes your organisation should enrol in. You’ll receive a membership number which your business travel management company will add to your company profile so that it’s automatically added to all bookings. This means you’ll collect points without having to do a thing, and you’ll also still be able to claim your personal miles too!
You’ll receive an online statement of activity, showing points earned and available balances. How much each customer will benefit from each scheme depends on their level and type of spend with the relevant airlines, however, on average an airline corporate reward scheme will earn a client between 1% and 5% back from their business travel spend.
#5 Become a packing professional
Done correctly, Business travel can be a rewarding and exciting experience. From city-hopping to jet-setting around the world, the new experience can enrich your life whilst boosting your professional career. All this travelling means you will become a packing pro! (Don't know where to start? Here are 5 tips to start you on your journey to becoming a packing professional!)
Remember, travelling for business doesn't have to be a chore! if you have any other benefits of travelling for business we’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment in the box below.