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6 Good Reasons Why It’s Still Okay to Travel for Business

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Some industry experts have said that business travel is dead. Why? Travel limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic caused a rapid shift to travel alternatives, such as the use of video conferencing. 

Since these technologies save time and money, they are definitely here to stay. But this does not necessarily mean that business travel is gone for good. Consider the following reasons why you might want to travel for business.

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6 Good Reasons to Travel for Business

You don’t have to feel guilty for traveling for business reasons. Here are six justifications for business travel today.

1. Travel to Meet Business Contacts in Person

Emails, Zoom meetings, and phone calls are fast and easy, but they can never replace meeting someone in person, shaking hands, and looking them in the eye.

You may wish to travel to finalize major contracts or to discuss sensitive business matters. Some companies are even onboarding remote employees in person. In this case, you would facilitate the employee’s travel to a brick-and-mortar location. This allows for in-person training and teambuilding.

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2. Travel to Examine Products and Production Facilities

Providing your customers with quality products may require “eyes on the ground.” When onboarding a new supplier or dealing with a quality control issue, you may wish to examine the material in person – or send a qualified employee to do so.

If your company identity involves food allergen awareness, social consciousness, or eco-consciousness, touring the production facilities in person is a must. You may also wish to visit the facility’s suppliers to ensure that your materials or workmanship are on par with your commitments – for example, that cross-contamination of allergens does not occur, that items are grown in an organic fashion, or that ethical labor standards are upheld.

3. Travel to Assist Clients

Traveling may help you to assist major clients when they face problems with a product or service. If you, your engineer, or your maintenance team are dispatched promptly, you’ll gain client trust. 

Sellers of high-end goods such as rare plants or one-of-a-kind artwork may travel to safeguard the product on the way to its destination. Construction companies and similar fields must also travel to the location of the job site.

4. Travel to Learn

Conferences and research may be attended to in person. Also, you may engage in “public anthropology” to gain vital insights. For example, a shoe manufacturer may visit stores in various parts of the country to interview shoppers and allow them to try and comment on a new prototype.

5. Travel to Write About Travel

News and travel reporting for travel sites such as this one require first-person, eyewitness accounts.

6. Travel to Mix Work and Pleasure

Many remote workers enjoy a “work from home/work from anywhere” lifestyle and the workers often refer to themselves as “digital nomads.” With an internet connection and a laptop, remote employees can travel, enjoying the sights of each location during their off-hours. 

In Conclusion

While many business meetings can now be conducted using platforms like Zoom, there are still good reasons to travel for business. These include in-person meetings, examining products and production facilities, assisting clients directly, gathering information, writing about travel, or simply for the joy of traveling.

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