Often, business trips are paid for by your employer. Unless, of course, you’re self-employed. In which case, that cost is yours. No matter how many items you add to expenses, you’re still likely to spend money during your trip. If you’re a frequent flyer, this can mount up over the course of a year. Take steps to trim back your spending and save money on your trips.
Look For Competitive Travel Solutions
If you’re busy and every minute counts, it’s easy to rely on a regular supplier. But it’s worth checking for discount business class airline tickets. Some providers can source routes with discounts of up to 75% off. This is a significant saving.
The same is true if you travel by train. Shop around and weigh up all the options.
Airport parking is at a premium. Save some money by parking at an off-site car park. It may take a little longer, but most places provide an airport shuttle.
If you rent a car on arrival, check whether your credit card company includes car rental cover. If so, you can pay on your card and avoid paying for extra cover. Alternatively, work out whether cabs would be a viable option. There are lots of competitive solutions.
There are lots of ways to save money on your accommodation. Look at price comparison sites for the best deal. Shop around and look for online coupon codes. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount when booking. Some hotels also include a free shuttle to and from the airport. This is worth taking into account.
Don’t be restricted to hotels. Renting someone else’s home may be a cost effective option. It may also help in terms of proximity to your meetings.
If your hotel offers a free breakfast as part of your room charge, eat well in the morning. This will not only set you up for the day, but will allow you to eat a lighter lunch. Unless you’re entertaining clients, pop into a local grocery store to pick up a sandwich for lunch. This will cost less than eating at a restaurant.
Keep your valuables and money safe at all times. Avoid common travel problems which could be costly. Store your valuables in the hotel’s safe and take reasonable precautions when you’re out. Always keep a small amount of cash on you in case of emergencies.
Business Not Pleasure
When you’re away from home it’s tempting to treat your stay as a vacation. This leads to impulse purchases. Keep in mind that it’s just another work day. A few treats are fine but keep them to a minimum.
Combine With A Holiday
Contrary to the last point, consider combining a vacation with a business trip. This will save you money on flights. Make sure there’s a natural cut-off point between the trip and your holiday to make the most of both.
There are lots of ways to save money on business trips. It just takes a little thought and a little extra planning.