Whether you’re traveling to National Agents Alliance’s Leadership Convention or on the road to meet with clients and attend meetings, it’s easy to get caught up in the drag of traveling. But, there is an upside to frequent travel, as you can fit in more “me-time” while on the road.
CBS News reveals the top four ways you can make business travel less grueling:
- Bring a good book: At NAA we advise all of our agents to read, and what’s a better time than when you’re sitting on a plane and the flight attendants ask you to turn off all electronic devices? That time period is when you could get in at least 30 minutes of reading time. Also, when you’re sitting at the airport or waiting for a taxi are also good opportunities to read a couple pages.
- Call your friends: Haven’t had time to catch up with your old college buddy or call your grandmother, whose birthday was last month—here’s your chance! When you’re sitting at a hotel with nothing better to do, grab the phone and start making those calls you’ve been meaning to make.
- Exercise: Most hotels have a gym and a pool that you can take advantage of by swimming laps to get your exercise in. You can also go for a brisk walk and check out the scenery of the city you are visiting.
- Watch that TV show you’ve been meaning to: If you never have time to watch television and are up late at night because of jet lag or have an hour between meetings, take that time to sit down, relax and watch TV.
Being with National Agents Alliance, or even just in sales in general, means that you travel—a lot! Whether you’re traveling across the U.S. or an hour down the road, there’s one thing that you can count on—you’ll spend money. After a few trips, you begin to see how much it really costs to travel for work, but there are ways to do business on the road and save money.
- Hotels: You can save on your hotel rooms if you book in advance as much as possible. Using discount travel sites like Expedia.com or Travelocity.com, you can often find cheaper rates per night. In addition if you have AAA, they offer discounts at affiliated hotels—just show your card at check-in or during booking.
- Airfares: Airlines in the U.S. earned some $6 billion in ancillary fees in 2010, charging for everything from a first checked bag to trail mix to pillows. Avoid extra baggage charges by packing light so that your luggage can be a carry on—saving you about $25 (depending on the carrier). You can also take advantage of discount travel sites like CheapTickets.com or Kayak.com to compare prices and find the best deal.
- Rental Cars: While you won’t save much in renting vehicles, Enterprise has introduced a new customer service model to help set them apart. If one of their brands doesn’t have a car in the category you selected, or if you’re dissatisfied with the selection, employees are empowered to find options elsewhere in their fleet, the industry’s largest, or to offer a more expensive vehicle at the same price. That won’t help your bottom line–but if you’re going to pay $70 a day for a car, it might as well be a Lincoln, Entrepreneur Magazine reports.
It may also be a good idea to look into a rewards card, which gives you points when you spend, to use towards travel—like hotels and airfare. Some cards even allow you to use those points and turn them into cash, saving yourself money in the end.
No matter what you do, you will spend money while traveling. But, saving a few dollars here and there will add up and you’ll begin to see more money in your pocket.