For the Average Joe, the term “traveling on business” has something of an exotic feel about it. It immediately brings up thoughts about private jets, five-star hotels, liquid lunches and everything else that appears almost celebrity-esque.
All of the above seems the case until you actually sample business travel for yourself. Sure, in some companies you might get looked after, but on the most part there are umpteen myths about the concept.
If you are about to embark on your first time away on business, read on to find the common myths that are associated with it.
Myth #1 – You’ll get to explore and see the world
This first myth really does come down to definitions. In terms of seeing the world, some roles might see you travel far and wide so strictly speaking, you will see new countries.
On the most part, you will be seeing very little though. The vast majority of trips abroad will see you leave your suitcase at your hotel before embarking on meetings and everything else business-wise you have planned. In between all of that, you’ll probably be catching up on sleep or trying everything you can to avoid jet lag.
Myth #2 – It’s much easier to work
The thought of getting out of the office is one that appeals to many of us; most of the time the traditional offices bring all sorts of distractions which mean that things just don’t get “done”.
Business travel often brings its own challenges – or in other words, its own distractions. Depending on the hotel you are staying in, you are likely to be offered an array of movies, comfortable furniture and everything else that is going to relax you.
This is why a lot of importance is often placed on the type of accommodation. Choose a hotel designed for business users, with modern meeting spaces and all of the other helpful features, and it suddenly becomes a lot easier to get things done.
Myth #3 – You’ll only travel business class
We thought we’d throw this one in, although in some cases it might not be applicable. Again, it might be advisable to get the traveling in style images out of your head, as most of the time you will be sent traveling standard class. Some companies might push the boat out, but in general you’ll be traveling as usual.
Myth #4 – It’s easy to book as you’re not paying
In some companies you’ll have somebody who is in charge of booking all forms of travel, but in most it will be down to you. As it’s not your money, the general consensus is that it’s easy.
Unfortunately, it rarely is. Most companies have their own procedures in relation to hotel brands, loyalty points and all sorts of other things. When it comes to the crunch, you might find that you lose a lot of real work time just because you are planning the logistics of your trip.