The Unexpected Benefits of Traveling for Business

Traveling for business can be a drag, but it can also lead to both professional and personal growth. Here are some things you’re learning from your travels, whether you realize it or not.

You’re meeting new people.

Relationships are absolutely essential to the human experience. It can be pretty tough to nurture new ones when you’re around the exact same people every day, not all of whom you might enjoy the presence of completely. When you travel for business, you’re meeting new people all the time and learning from the experiences. A few may even turn into a great friend, significant other, or future employer.

You’re discovering great restaurants.

Eating on the road can be really bad or really good. If you’re into food from different places and cultures, traveling for business is a great way to experience meals in cities and towns you never would have otherwise. You may even be able to expense the cost back to the company! Before you hit the road, get online and research the best restaurants, food carts and hole in the wall diners around the country — or the world.

You’re creating new life experiences. 

In addition to great restaurants, traveling for work is also a great opportunity to see and do things you wouldn’t otherwise. Have you always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding? A hike through snow-capped mountains? Explore the Everglades? If you’re a history buff, it means limitless visits to museums and historical sites. Make sure to schedule room in the itinerary for some R&R, and then maximize it. Research the sites and attractions before your next road trip.

You’re getting great at packing.

Nothing makes a great traveler like frequent flying and hotel stays. Now you can pack for a week away with a moment’s notice. When you’re a business traveler who’s got packing down pat, you know how to prepare and travel like a pro.

You’re building up miles and perks.

Frequent traveling is an opportunity to build up lots of free personal miles using your own credit and airline cards—even if you get reimbursed for your trips. The more you fly and stay in hotels, the more likely you’ll also be eligible for elite and VIP status.

You’re honing your adaptation skills.

Successful travelers prepare well and know how to adapt and handle challenges when they arise, such as a delayed flight or hotel issue. You’re building problem-solving skills that can apply to every area of your life and learning how to be a more adaptable person.

You’re learning to prioritize health. 

If you’ve ever been sick on the road, you now know the importance of staying healthy when away from home. You know the importance of good nutrition, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep, and working out to keep your strength up. Building up healthy habits will serve you in every area of your life.

You’re recharging out of the office.

While traveling for business can be a drag, it’s also a great way to get out of the office and break up the doldrums of the same old 9 to 5 work week. Next time you have a trip, make a point to see some sights and do something new and interesting to refresh your body and soul.

You’re setting yourself up to work remotely.

We live in a digital remote world, and those who successfully travel for business are proving they are effective even while traveling. You can use that to secure a telecommuting or virtual office job down the road because you’ve already proven you’re reliable out of the office.

You’ve got tax write-offs galore.

A smart traveler knows a good accountant and takes advantage of legal tax perks such as how to write off business class, food and entertainment when you’re traveling for work.