Business travel has finally remerged since the pandemic. Professionals can travel across the world or the country and diversify their experiences. Business travel is an opportunity to meet new contacts and network with other offices in your company. You can see a different part of the world and immerse yourself in a new culture. Business books state that travel has countless advantages, and many people are thrilled to have it back.
Why is business travel important?
Ultimately, business travel is a fantastic networking opportunity. Employees can meet clients and investors from all over the world. They can attend seminars and conferences to meet other like-minded professionals in their industry. People often travel for important business events, like acquisitions and mergers. The best books on leadership suggest that you can make a much stronger professional connection in a face-to-face environment. Video-calling replaced a huge amount of business travel in the pandemic. But there is still a time and a plan for an international in-person event.
How can you manage the costs of business travel?
Travelling is expensive – especially when there are business class flights and nice hotels involved. You can easily cut the costs by only sending essential employees on the trip. Keep the costs to a minimum and send your best team members. They will get the job done, and you can stay within budget. Here are a few other ways to reduce the cost of business travel.
Start using tier systems
Like executives and CEOs, high-level employees often require more security and privacy on flights. You could book a private jet to get them from A to B in no time at all. They don’t have to wait in long airport queues or deal with endless delays. Private travel is far more efficient – but it is also incredibly expensive.
You could use a tier system so that only high-level employees use private travel, and more junior employees can remain with cheap train tickets. Other team members can travel economy or business class instead. They can still have the opportunity to travel around the world without the added cost.
Be smart with accommodation
Accommodation is often the largest expense of a business trip. Do your research and look out for a good deal on a hotel. You could book an Airbnb with a kitchen, washing machine and spacious living area. Employees can make themselves at home and feel relaxed on their trip away. You can often find fantastic hotel deals by booking a few months in advance. Stay organised and keep track of your travel expenses.
You should create allowances for your employees, so they have a budget for each day. They know how much they can spend on food and activities throughout their trip. There’s less risk of them spending too much money and blowing through the company credit card.
Make business travel a part of your business this year.