Business travel is travel undertaken for work or business purposes, as opposed to other types of travel, such as for leisure purposes or regularly commuting between one's home and workplace. According to a survey, 88% small business owners enjoy business travel.
Jobs involving business travel
In the twenty-first century, many jobs involve periodic or frequent business travel. Common careers involving business travel include:
- Sales engineers
- Field engineers
- Project managers
Additionally, it is common to see doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals flying for work. Often lawyers, politicians, athletes, clergy, military, academics, and journalists conduct business travel on a regular basis.
Negatives to business travel
Employees who travel for work on a regular basis often experience loneliness, depression, and reduced mental health. In 2019, 1 in 5 business travelers reported business travel negatively affected their mental health. Additionally, they may miss important family events creating additional relationship stress. "Travel management professionals, along with their colleagues in HR and department heads, are increasingly aware that corporate travel policies contribute to employees’ job satisfaction."
Positives to business travel
Business travel has many positive benefits for employees the largest being the opportunity to see parts of the world on the company's expense. Today, many business travellers incorporate bleisure travel into their work travel. Studies on chess imply performance increases during travel.
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Business travel travel guide from Wikivoyage
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