There is a growing trend for those who travel for work to extend business travel for pleasure. This can be an excellent way to take a mini vacation at the end of a trip or see the sights after business hours with your family.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to extend your trip or bring your family along for the ride, so to speak. Let’s take a look at areas of concern.
If you bring your family along for the trip, you are responsible for their travel and living expenses. Consult with human resources to get your company’s leisure travel policy in writing before you leave.
You need to understand what will be a personal versus company expense when mixing business and pleasure. So ask the following questions:
1. If a spouse or partner travels with you for the whole trip, how are hotels, taxis, car rentals, and other expenses reimbursed?
2. What is considered a personal versus business expense? For example, if you have a company dinner and bring your spouse along, who pays for the dinner?
3. Are you required to pay a part of the hotel and other expenses if your family stays with you during the business trip?
Get the expectations in writing so you can follow the company rules and enjoy traveling with your companion. If you plan to extend your trip, you will need at ask a few more questions.
1. If you extend your trip, are you responsible for your return ticket?
2. At what point is the company no longer responsible for your welfare when travelling abroad longer than required by the company?
3. At what point are you no longer legally representing your company image?
Keep in mind that while you are abroad, you will always be a representative of the company you work for on some level and may be held accountable if something goes wrong.
But if you understand your company’s policy and follow the rules, extending your business trip for pleasure can be a wonderful way to spend quality time with your family or partner and see a new country together.