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Although flying to a new destination is an incredibly exciting feeling, it can also be one of the most uncomfortable things you have to experience. Whether you're flying long haul or short haul, cramming yourself into a small space for a number of hours with limited air isn't anyone's idea of paradise.Read More
Business trips can cost companies a lot of money. Whilst most companies try to set an allowance for them and their employees, it’s inevitable that people will spend as much of this allowance as possible. You can set a very low budget to try to discourage excessive spending, but this could result in poor travel conditions that make your employees feel undervalued. As a result, you need to find other ways decrease spending. Here are just a few tips for keeping business travel costs down whilst still allowing you and your employees to travel in comfort.
Book in advance – not last minute
Whilst you can get last minute deals on flight and hotels, there’s never any guarantee on this – hotels and flights could become booked up forcing you to resort to more expensive options. You’re much better off booking in advance, allowing you to take advantage of early bird deals. Some airlines such as Etihad Airways also allow you to pay for flights in instalments when booking ahead, helping to make it more affordable. You can take control of booking these flights or you can try encourage your employees to book by a certain date to ensure that they don’t end up paying premium fees out of your travel budget.
Take advantage of group discounts
When it comes to group business travel, it’s worth looking out for group discounts. Accommodation such as this hotel near Taylor County Expo Center, Abilene, Texas offers group discounts to those travelling on business purposes – this could be useful if you’ve got a trade fair lined up. There are meanwhile some airlines that also offer group discounts for those travelling on business purposes.
Encourage employees to save money on trips with incentives
Many employees won’t see the point of saving money when given an allowance. However, you can encourage employees to spend less on their allowance by offering incentives to do so. This could include giving a bonus to the employee that saves the most on travel expenses. You could even roll over some the savings into a joint account that is then shared amongst everyone at the end of the year – your employees may feel guilty for spending all their allowance if they know that it will affect the rest of the team’s overall annual bonus.
Consider whether you really need to travel
Business travel is sometimes necessary for certain events, but there can be other times when it’s an unnecessary luxury. Conferences and meetings can now be conducted via video-communication – this could allow you to host presentations to people on the other side of the country (or indeed the other side of the world) without having to do any travelling. The glamour of travelling can be exciting for you and your employees, but you may not actually be achieving anything that you can’t do from your desk.
When it gets cold and you’re looking for somewhere to go to escape the concrete jungle, why not go to one of these places for a weekend escape? Whether it’s for cold weather or hot weather adventures, here’s where we recommend.
What better way to get away from the cold and brisk air than with in Florida? Miami has some of the best beaches, colourful nightlife, and popular shopping that caters to pretty much everybody. Take a walk around Coral Gable to marvel at the Mediterranean Revival architecture or head to one of the relaxing spas at Miami beach like the two level Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Hotel. For a little cultural exploration, head to Little Havana where you can try Cuban cuisine at restaurants like El Exquisito or La Palma Calle Ocho.
Lake Placid, NY.
If you want to get to a snowy climate this winter, try going to Lake Placid. Don’t let the name deceive you; there’s more than just a lake. Before the snow falls and winter sets in, you can go rock climbing, cycling or hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. When the snow sets in, go ice skating on Mirror Lake, sledding, tubing or tobogganing at Kiwanis Teddy Bear Park or Lake Placid Toboggan Chute. For those feeling really adventurous, go Adirondack Ice Climbing. These are a few of the activities you can partake in at Lake Placid.
This is where much of the history of the United States happens from the signing of the Constitution to the location of the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia is a walking city and there’s plenty to see. If you’re going for the holidays, check out City Hall speckled with the official tree decked with lots of lights and ornaments. The Love Park is an essential visit and it hosts the Christmas market with over 80 booths from local and international markets. The Reading Market is also a great place to go if you’re looking for something to eat or wander around in while you’re looking for something to eat. If you’re looking for something cultural, walk around the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Please Touch Museum, or Independence Hall.
This beautiful and lively city attracts over 4 million visitors every year. It is easy to reach, quite affordable and full of entertaining activities. That’s why tourists fill the streets of Madrid to meet and greet, enjoy delicious food and drinks and immerse themselves in the authentic Spanish culture. Here you will find anything you like - outstanding architecture, excellent restaurants, and an intense nightlife scene.Read More
With its mild weather, rich history, delicious food, and friendly people, Spain is one of Europe’s most amazing holiday destinations. But with so many great cities and beautiful islands, choosing one Spanish vacation spot is quite difficult.Read More
California is the number one most visited state in America and for good reason. Both Los Angeles and San Francisco are considered ‘Gateway Cities’, and are home to some of the most popular and recognisable tourist spots in the country so are ideal for ticking off those bucket list itemsRead More