Business trips are an essential if you want to seal deals and spread the word far and wide about your enterprise. However, as most company owners know, both national and international trips are costly. And the more employees who are going on the trip, the higher your bills become.
As well as transport, the other big expense on a business trip is the accommodation. But luckily we have some great tips for saving money on this part of your journey. Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. Explore alternative accommodation options
Most people will just book the biggest and most convenient hotel for their business trip. However, large hotels that are based in central locations tend to have the highest rates. It could save you a lot of money if you explore alternative options of accommodation. For instance, Ultris Courthouse Square apartments, boutique hotels and B&Bs will often be the less costly options. Of course, you will need to spend a bit of time and effort exploring your options, but if you can spare this time, it could help you reduce your expenditure.
2. Inquire about discounts on rooms and food
Some hotels will offer a discount for corporate guests. These won’t usually be offered to you by the hotel staff; you must ask for them. Or, if you are travelling in a large group, you might be able to get a discount on rooms, food and drink bills. Again, you won’t know about this until you ask, so do speak up when you are booking your accommodation.
3. Choose self-catering where possible
Eating out for business meetings is commonplace. But if you are paying the bill for these, as well as all your other meals while you are away, this can quickly add up. While you can’t avoid a business lunch or dinner out, you can cut costs by going self-catered for your other meals. Grabbing a few things from the local supermarket will certainly work out cheaper than eating out for every meal.
4. Combine travel with accommodation
Travelling by train for business is underrated. Yes, it takes longer than flying, but it’s more comfortable. And the longer journey times can actually work in your favor. If you can take a sleeper train to your destination, then you won’t need to pay the higher rates for a night in a hotel.
5. Keep your eyes peeled for deals
Daily deal websites, such as Groupon, can also help you to save money on accommodation for business travel. You can get incredible deals via these sites, some with a 40 percent discount. You might not be able to find the exact location that you need, but they are still worth checking just in case you are in luck.
Business travel is inevitable and expensive. However, follow these thrifty tips and you can cut costs while still gaining the benefits of connecting with other businesses and clients around the world.
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