For some, business travel is a massive job perk--for others it's a chore. However, just like anything else, it's all about perspective. When done right, business travel can have many benefits. Of course, you also need to match your personality and circumstances to a high-travel job. If you're a single parent who's also attending school part-time, business travel probably isn't for you.
But what if it is? Here are some of the reasons why it can be so great.
1. Enjoying everything a new place has to offer
If you're a foodie, this means staking out the best restaurants, food carts and hole in the wall diners around the country--or the world. If you're a history buff, it means limitless museums and historical sites. Make sure to schedule room in the itinerary for some R&R, then maximize it.
2. Incredible miles
In many cases, you may be able to earn personal miles even if you're traveling on the company's dime. As a frequent traveler, also look into pre-check or other options for hurrying through security lines. That'll ease any stress and make the whole experience better.
3. Easier transition to telecommuting
If you can prove to your boss that you're effective even while traveling, you're more likely to secure a telecommuting or virtual office job down the road if you want one. They're becoming more and more common, but many employers are wary about taking a risk on offering it to a first-timer. You'll be a veteran.
4. No routine burnout for you
Simultaneously, humans are creatures of habit but also prone to boredom. If you get fidgety doing the same old thing every day, business travel can help keep things interesting. It's one way to make sure the daily grind isn't so "daily" after all.
5. Hone your adaptation skills
Being able to adapt and roll with the punches is something to aspire to--it's revered by employers, friends and family alike. You might have a flight canceled, struggle to find your hotel in a foreign city or even have your luggage stolen. These lead to lessons that make you a better, more adaptable person.
6. Meet new people
This one seems obvious, right? 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. While traveling, you might meet a love interest, new close friend or future employer.
7. New opportunities for recreation
Have you always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding but don't live in a region that's good for it? A business trip to San Diego can change all that. Look into what your new temporary home away from home has to offer in terms of recreation and make the most of it.
8. A lesson in prioritizing health
It's never going to be easy to incorporate workouts into your lifestyle. If that's your goal, only stay at hotels with a fitness center, always pack any gear you need, and challenge yourself to regular workouts even on the go. Building up this good habit will serve you well down the road should you ever find yourself juggling commitments and struggling to find gym time.
9. Packing dominance
Who can pack for a week in Hawaii with a stopover in Alaska with just 30 minutes notice? You, when you're a business traveler who's got packing down pat. You'll probably naturally collect the best, most lightweight and airline-approved luggage, know that rolling clothes trumps folding them, and have your travel essential baggies ready to go.
10. Tax write-offs galore
A good CPA can legally argue for a tax-write off even for business class, 50 percent of food and entertainment when you're traveling for work, and a host of other goodies. You'll be in better shape financially, but only if you have an accountant in your corner (or are one yourself).
11. More passport stamps
Assuming your travel takes you globally, you can start racking up passport entry and exit stamps galore. Of course, this is just a talisman: The real benefit is the fact that you're not just seeing the world, but getting paid to do it.
12. Stories to tell
Soak up those experiences--they're memories in the making. And that's what life's all about.
On the fence about taking a business travel-heavy job? Although it can be grueling if you don't get enough rest in between trips, think about the big picture and all you could benefit from it if you do it right. You may find that spending a lot of time exploring and working far away from your home base is just what you wanted for this period in your life.