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companies require their employees to travel for business related reasons. This
can be exciting for the employee, as he or she will be paid to go, usually
with accommodations, rental car, gas, mileage and a plane ticket included. An
added perk is the ability to eat out at nice restaurants on the company credit
card. However, there are a few things to consider before jetting off on a
major business venture.
Find out how much the company has allotted for the travel budget. While many
companies will allow their employees to lodge in more than adequate
accommodations, inevitably, there are always a few businesses that try to get
by on as little cash as possible. To avoid this, do your homework in advance.
Try scanning travel websites for some great deals on three, four and five star
hotels. Hotels are competing for business right now, and sometimes, a simple
call to the hotel manager can cause the manager to give you a corporate
discount. This will lower the price by 10% or more, often making it an
enticing price for your company to afford.
Take advantage of restaurants in the area of your hotel as well. Some
businesses will allow you to simply charge the cost of meals to the company
credit card. Others however, will provide a set price for meals each day,
often in the $20 per day range. If you carefully plan, this can mean
additional money in your pocket. For example, a five day trip can round up and
additional $60 in your pocket if you choose to eat a hotel continental
breakfast, dine on fast food at lunch, and use a coupon at dinner time.
Lastly, make sure that the hotel you stay at includes all of the amenities
that are needed for the business trip. For travelers that host conferences or
meetings, find out if the hotel will provide meeting space for privacy and
professionalism. Most business trips require the use of the internet as well,
so make sure that wireless Internet is not only available, but free to hotel
guests. For a truly professional business trip, avoid family hotels that are
likely to be full of children and teenagers. Hotels in business districts are
less likely to have families in wet swimsuits parading through the lobby.
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