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How to turn your next business trip into a mini-vacation by Morell Howard
morell_bizcationMore often than not, we travel more for work, than we do on vacations. For business owners, big and small, work always comes first. The workday no longer ends at 5pm; from taking a call at 10 o’clock at night to checking emails while you are brushing your teeth in the morning; to missing birthdays, anniversaries, soccer games and family time… money never sleeps. And because of this, a lot of us don’t either.

What if I told you, that you could turn your next business trip into a mini vacation! Would you believe that it is possible to enjoy much needed family time or personal time while on a business trip? It is called a “Bizcation.” It is when you take your business trip and turn it into a vacation. While taking care of business is very important, why not take advantage and mix business with a little pleasure while in a desirable destination?

PRE Travel Tips

Travel on your company’s dime: Your company is going to pay for your airline ticket and hotel anyway, why not take advantage of your company’s business travel policy.

Extend Your Trip: While traveling for work, whether it be a convention or conference, you may have to arrive a few days early to set up and stay a few days later on the back end for break down. Whether or not this is the case, add a few extra days on either end of travel for your leisure.

Hubba, Hubba: If you are traveling on business especially internationally, use that destination as a hub to travel somewhere else.

Weekend Warrior: “Tipping you in the right direction” – Some hotels charge more during the week and discount on the weekend because a majority of their business happens during the week.

It’s A Family Affair: If your business travel takes you to Chicago, Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco or any other top tourist destination, domestic especially, this is the perfect opportunity to invite your family and take them on that much needed mini-vacation!

Layovers are a good thing: Have you ever had an air itinerary that took you into a city for a few hours or a day because it was cost-effective for the company? This is the perfect time to explore that city and have a mini-break-away just for you.

POST Travel Tips

Reconnect: Work: Take this time to follow up with your replacement while you were gone, get back on your regular work-office schedule including lunch and breaks.

Reconcile: “Tipping you in the right direction” – Keep two (2) envelopes labeled “business” and “leisure”. During working hours, put all receipts in that envelope. After work, switch envelopes and put all leisure receipts in there, always with the most recent receipt in front.

Re-engage: Picking up where you left off at work and at home.

For the complete list and Tipping you in the right direction tips on “Bizcation” How to turn your next business trip into a mini vacation, please visit my travel blog at https:// preandposttraveltips.wordpress.com.