Traveling for business can be a lot of fun. You get paid for sitting back while someone else takes care of the driving. Of course, it can also be a lot of hard work, especially if you’re crossing time zones. And if your company operates on both coasts, chances are you could be clocking up thousands of air miles a week. Is there are better, easier, more fun and practical way to tackle these challenges?
Lots of work hours are wasted in airport terminals. Delays and cancellations are thought to cost the US economy over $30 billion every year. Many passengers and businesses end up footing a significant proportion of this bill. Increased security and cost of fuel have pushed the ticket price up too. This is why more and more businesses prefer not to send their employees away anymore. Of course, there are many meetings that simply have to be done face-to-face.
Technological improvements mean video conferencing has become a viable alternative to face-to-face meetings. But there are many times when the point of meeting in person is so important that flights are an absolute must. You might be buying property or selecting candidates for a job. These meetings have to be done in person. So what are your travel options?
You could try a private jet app to find the most cost-effective means of flying to your chosen destination. When you’re in a hurry, this could help you to bypass the hassle of airport queues and transfer delays. Driving might be an option, but it is very tricky to get any work done in the back of a car. This, of course, assumes you don’t have to do the driving yourself. Traveling from one side of the country to the other by car will undoubtedly require many stops and stopovers.
If you are traveling coast to coast, you might be able to manage the route by train. Chances are you will have to make changes during your journey. Trains can also be hit by delays, and there is not always a guarantee of a seat with a table where you can get your laptop working either. In some parts of the world, you may find the cost of train travel far exceeds the cost of a flight. It is likely to take longer to get to your destination, although train stations tend to be much closer to city center destinations than airports.
Can you meet in the middle? Sometimes it is possible to conduct a face-to-face meeting like a convention by choosing a central point venue. This means everyone has to travel, but the distance is halved. It’s worth considering the cost-effectiveness of this option. With so many people traveling, the cost may start to become too high.
Traveling for business can be fun, but it can also be costly and challenging. It’s important to find the most comfortable way to travel so you arrive at your meeting feeling fresh and focused. Do you travel for your company? What’s your favorite way to travel?