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How to Make Business Travel Less Expensive and Less Stressful

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 10/30/2010 | Business Travel

Travelling for business can be really stressful and expensive at times, but it should not be and does not have to be if you find effective ways to maximize your travel time and minimize expenses. It can be done by following a few tips to make travelling easier, cheaper and more pleasurable.

If you are amongst those who often travel for business you realize how stressful and expensive travelling can be. This is why it is so important to plan before in order to prepare your business trip in terms of budget and psychologically.

Shop around for cheap air fares or airlines that offer extras such as comfortable travelling conditions, extra baggage allowance and internet access or TV to help you fight against travel fatigue and jet lag. The Internet is probably the best place to carry out research for best deals and last minute offers, for you can compare flights, pre-check in your baggage and choose your seat, all from the comfort of your home.

As far as car rentals are concerned, you may find that your airline has special agreements with a car company and can offer you good deal. Some car rental companies offer discounts as low as 50 percent if you travel on certain periods of the year, so shop around for these too.

When staying at hotels you can either choose areas in towns that are less trendy to cut down on costs or try and build a certain frequency at certain hotel chains, which will earn your loyalty points and special reductions, especially during periods of low frequency. Consider all the extras hotels can offer, such as free Internet access, breakfast, use of conference rooms etc.

When organizing your business trip you can also visit specific discount travel sites that offer a wide range of low prices and plane fares, in addition to a good comparison with other carriers, hotels and car rental companies. These websites often provide useful tips on how far in advance you should book and they update prices throughout the day. You should visit them regularly and wait for the right moment to purchase a package or service.

Farecompare.com is one of these and offers various options, including an e-mail alert when a fare you have selected has gone down. They will also send you a message through Twitter when certain airports send offers for low fare availability. You will also find plenty of tips for purchasing tickets and which routes to choose from. They do all the work for you and alert you when the moment is the best for travelling and purchasing tickets.

If you let others take care of your business travelling you will have less stress in having to organize flights, lodging and car rentals and they will come up with better deals than you are likely to be able to dig up.