Regular business travelers know there are pros and cons to the lifestyle. Taking your spouse with you can significantly reduce the cons. I’ve tagged along on many of my husband’s business trips over the past decade. If it were possible, he’d have me join him all the time for the following reasons:
Frequent business travel takes a toll on your health. You’re out of your routine; it’s easy to eat poorly and to skip working out. There’s also the psychological strain of being away from home and your loved ones.
Having your spouse with you makes it less likely you’ll return to your hotel room with a bag of take-out that you’ll eat in front of your laptop or the TV. You’re more motivated to get out and explore the place you’re visiting. It’s also easier to hit the fitness center or head out for a run if you have someone to do it with you.
Having your spouse with you also lessens the isolation of frequent business travel. There is someone close at hand that you can talk to and be yourself around at the end of the day.
It’s Good for Your Relationship
Frequent separation from your significant other can put stress on the relationship. Although there are many ways to try to stay connected with today’s technology, they can never take the place of actually being with each other.
Travel (even if it’s for business) can add a touch of romance to your lives. Planning a night or two when you’re not working to take in a local event or have a quiet dinner together can feel like a mini-vacation when you’re in a foreign city and away from household responsibilities. It allows you to connect as a couple in a way that’s special. Rather than seeing business travel as a burden, it becomes more of a perk.
It’s Good for Business
Positive social connections can aid business dealings. Inviting a business associate out to dinner with your spouses along can help cement relationships. It forces you to push conversation beyond business into the realm of other hobbies and interests. It can help you to understand personalities and motivations in a way that’s more holistic, and that can make business go more smoothly.
It Dispels Myths About Business Travel
If your spouse doesn’t travel for business, he or she may envision it as a non-stop festival of swish corporate events and luxury living. This perception can lead to feelings of envy and resentment for the spouse left at home. The reality is often quite different. Travel for work usually means long hours, high-stakes meetings and evenings hunched over a laptop answering emails and preparing for the following day. I admit that before I started tagging along, I was sulky when yet another business trip appeared on the calendar. Now that I’ve experienced business travel firsthand, my expectations are more realistic.
It Cuts Travel Costs in Half
When your business covers the expenses for one of you, corporate travel that includes a bit of leisure time is an inexpensive way to get to some amazing destinations. We’ve often used the end of a business trip as the start of a vacation in that city or to a location nearby. Those airfare savings are hard to beat.