Maybe your boss is thinking about putting you out on the road? Perhaps you're a little apprehensive and questioning whether business travel is right for you?
It's normal to be apprehensive when first going out on the road for work. However, once you get into the swing of things, you start to realize just how many benefits it really has.
Curious about the benefits of business travel? Here are 10 of the biggest.
1. Provides Opportunity to Experience New Places
Though not all business trips afford you a chance to explore, a good many do. This is particularly true if you're staying overnight.
Whenever the work day is over and your meetings have ended, you'll have the opportunity to move around a bit and see some local sights. If you travel for business on a regular basis, you can become quite worldly in just a short amount of time.
In essence, you shouldn't dread your business trips. You should see them as a way to expand your horizons.
2. Keeps Life from Becoming Complacent
The daily grind of work-sleep-work can wear down on a person. This is especially true when that person is reporting to work at the same location every single day.
What breaks up this type of complacency in life? Business trips.
If you're traveling for work on a consistent basis, you will constantly be waking up in new places. This will help to keep life fresh and will reduce the drag that is common of your typical work routine.
3. Makes You More Comfortable With Changes
One of the great things about jobs with business trips is that they constantly push you to improve yourself. Because they are rife with spontaneity, they force you to become comfortable with changes. In essence, they take you out of your comfort zone, helping you to expand your psyche and your abilities.
By dealing with flight delays, unreliable rental cars, unbooked hotel rooms, and more, you will learn how to persevere through life's small challenges. This will reflect in other parts of your life and will make you a stronger person overall.
4. Earns You Flight Miles
There are, in general, two types of flight miles that you can accumulate through flights: credit card flight miles and airline-provided flight miles. By traveling for business on a regular basis, you could accumulate one or both types of these miles.
While not all companies will let their employees utilize the credit card flight miles that they've accumulated through business-related travel, many companies will. If your company allows you to utilize these miles, you can be afforded a bevy of personal trips simply for doing your job.
When it comes to flight mile points provided by airlines, the holder of the ticket is usually the recipient. Therefore, if the plane ticket for your business trip is in your name, you will accumulate flight miles for yourself without restriction.
5. Helps You Meet New People
The simple fact of the matter is that business travel will help you to meet new people. All sorts of relationships are sparked by business trips, from business relationships to friendships to romantic relationships and everything in between.
If you travel often, you stand a chance of becoming close with fellow frequent travelers, airline personnel, hotel ownership, and a variety of other individuals. These relationships could end up being some of the most impactful relationships you'll ever know.
6. Allows You to Try New Hobbies
Let's say you live and work in Iowa. While there's certainly nothing wrong with Iowa, it doesn't have a lot of the geographical wonders (ie. the ocean, mountains, etc.) that you'll find in other locations. Unfortunately, this lack of geographical wonder prevents you from pursuing potential hobbies such as surfing, skiing, and deep sea fishing.
What can put you into position to pursue these hobbies? Business travel! A trip to the coasts or to the mountains can spur on a hobby that ends up lasting a lifetime.
7. Turns You into a More Interesting Person
There's nothing wrong with staying in one place all of the time. However, those who travel on a consistent basis are generally more worldly than those who don't.
As a result, they usually have more experiences to share and more stories to tell. In essence, they're generally more interesting.
While you don't need to travel to be interesting, it can definitely help. Don't be afford to take advantage of business trip opportunities.
8. Allows You to Try New Foods
Have you ever wanted to try the deep dish pizza in Chicago? Maybe you've dreamed of sampling the lobster in coastal Maryland? While it's not a certainty, a business trip could be your key to doing so.
Wherever you travel, there is bound to be some sort of unique cuisine for you to indulge in. Don't miss out on the opportunity.
9. Improve Your Ability to Pack
Most people are terrible at packing for trips. They tend to just throw their clothes and other possessions into a bag and run out the door. As a result, their clothes end up wrinkled and their possessions end up broken.
Want to vastly improve your ability to pack a travel bag? Traveling for work on a regular basis will eventually turn you into a pro.
10. Helps You Develop Life Skills
While business traveling can be stressful at first, it typically gets easier as time passes and more trips are taken. By simply traveling on a consistent basis, your communication skills will improve, your personality will become more malleable, and you'll approach things with greater confidence than you ever have.
In short, business trips will help you to develop vital life skills. This is true whether you're a new accountant at a tax service or a seasoned broker at a hotel ownership group.
Make the Most of Business Travel
In the end, business travel is going to happen whether you want it to or not. You might as well make the most of it. Odds are, before all is said and done, you'll actually end up having some fun.
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