Imagine that you’re away on business and you’ve just closed an important deal. You go to the bar with your colleagues to celebrate before returning to your hotel room. You should be feeling elated but something’s missing. You talk to your partner and kids on Skype, but somehow it’s not the same. You want them to be there, to be something more than just a face on the screen.
If this sounds familiar, perhaps it’s time you considered taking your family on business trips with you. Here are some of the advantages of mixing business with leisure.
Cheap holidays can be difficult to organise but if you’re already on business, your costs can be considerably reduced. Chances are that your own room and flights are already paid for, and that you have a certain amount of money to spend on your meal allowance. If you’ve accumulated enough air miles over the years, you might not even have to fork out on your family’s flights.
Experience something different with your kids
A change of scene sometimes brings out the best in people. On most business trips, there’s a whole heap of dead time to fill. Why shouldn’t you be with your kids, allowing them to experience a part of the world they haven’t seen before? Even if you have a busy schedule, there’s every chance you’ll be able to tack on a couple of extra days at the end of your trip so that you can enjoy a little family time.
It benefits your kids
We’ve touched on this above, but everyone’s heard of the saying ‘travel broadens your horizons’. One of the ways to ensure your children grow as people is to take them out of their comfort zone and see how they respond to the world around them.
No more guilt
It can be hard to enjoy yourself when you’re away on business. Even in the face of success, there can still be that nagging feeling that you’re missing out on your children growing up. Get peace of mind by taking your family with you so that all parties can sleep soundly at night.
There are countless advantages to taking your family on business trips with you, only some of which are highlighted above. For many people, it’s the simple chance to achieve a sensible work-life balance that’s the deal-breaker.