If you’re an experienced business traveler, you would know how quickly travel costs can get out of hand. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can economize you work-related travels. It all begins with making smarter travel decisions so that you can curb costs without much compromise. To get you started, here are some useful money-saving tips for your next official trip.
- Work with a reputable travel company. Entrust your corporate travel to a trusted travel firm with extensive experience organizing business trips. Aside from giving you access to bespoke travel options tailored to your needs, working with a travel agency allows you to benefit from their robust network of service providers. This brings cost savings in air fares, accommodation as well as intra-city transit. As you develop a healthy business relationship with your travel services provider, you can expect to be offered steal deals reserved for a few handpicked clients.
- Preplan everything. Plan your trip to the last detail so that you know what you’ll be doing every day, how much time it will take to get from one place to the next and where you can have your next meal once a meeting is over. Allison Bowman from ChiChiLLC.com recommends using an expert travel agency when going on business trips to make sure you know the best ways to get to all your meetings. In addition, preplanning lunch or dinner meetings with clients will give you time to look for special deals and offers around town.
- Take a bleisure trip. Combine your business trip with a short vacation you’ve been craving for months. Aptly called bleisure travel, a combination of business and leisure travel is a great way to rejuvenate and relax once work is over. The cost savings on such a trip are inevitable, as you’ll end up spending only once on air fare, which constitutes a major portion of any vacation budget. Extending your stay by a couple of days will give you a chance to explore a new place, unwind once business has been taken care of and take a breather before you get back to a hectic life. These days, many organizations are sponsoring bleisure travel as part of employee engagement initiatives. If your employer does not offer this perk yet, you can control out-of-pocket expenses by moving to an affordable hotel or B&B once your business trip is officially over.
- Control day-to-day expenses. From cellphone bills to car rental to food, there is always a cheaper deal available that can save you hundreds of dollars over a single trip. If the research sounds overwhelming, entrust the task to your travel company. Brief them about your intention to cut costs so that they can look for affordable alternatives when planning your travels. Another way to save money is to combine your business trips. This may not always be possible, but whenever there is an opportunity to club several short trips into one, go for it—it will save you a great deal of money.