Business trips –the curse of men, women and beasts alike. They tear you from your family, plonk you in a hotel about as appealing as water torture, and force you into a slew of meetings that provide zero mental stimulation.
But sometimes you get free coffee, so it’s not all bad.
What if it didn’t have to be this way? What if the dull and drudging life of the traveling businessperson could, instead, be filled with rainbows, candy canes and fluffy rabbits that pumped you full of joy?
Well, here’s some news that your boss doesn’t want you to know – it can be.
And the indomitable rise of technology has turned business trips from laborious to almost tolerable.
That’s right – to enjoy an excursion, all you need is a smartphone, a company credit card and a whole load of knowhow.
Read on to see what we mean.
You’ve got a meeting almost directly after your plane lands, you’ve been stuck in traffic jams en route to the airport, and you’re perilously close to missing your check-in…
But before you scramble to your departure lounge, you’ll have to find a parking spot in the gallingly complex airport car park.
The Looking4.com site can help you out. It’s an airport parking price comparison site with a difference – it WON’T plunge your business into debt when you use it.
This company is dedicated to finding you the cheapest option and has a number of sites dotted around the US.
The perfect hotel
Your HR person is always looking for the best deal when it comes to booking a hotel for business – and that means sacrificing on comfort.
So, save them the hassle and insist on booking a room yourself. When you do, we recommend you head over to LateRooms.com, a site which will find you the best (and most luxurious) hotels within your price bracket.
The one guaranteed treat of any business trip is that you can enjoy a slap up meal on company expenses – and you don’t want that meal to turn into a disaster.
Extensive research will be required to ensure the restaurant you choose is up to par. But if you don’t have time for that, we’d recommend you hit up TripAdvisor and choose one of the best rated eateries in your area.
And now it’s time to tie it all together. If you can’t track all the cash you’ve splashed, you won’t be able to claim it back on expenses.
This is a task more important than any other on this list, and mucking it up will leave you out of pocket, so tread wisely.
For expert expense tracking and management, we’d heartily recommend Rydoo. This allows employees to save receipts and transactions on a Cloud system for easy dissemination from the admin bods back at HQ.
Persuade your boss to invest in Rydoo and get ready to spend all your company’s hard-earned cash.
That’s our list! Got any good tips of your own? Then let us know in the comments below!