As a frequent traveler to Washington D.C., I had the opportunity recently to extend a trip and have my family join me for a few days of touring prior to my scheduled meetings By touring D.C. with my family, I also have the added benefit of learning more about the various locations my clients visit. It helps me better understand their needs.
Plan ahead: Many conferences identify future meeting dates and destinations in advance. Coordinate with your spouse, children’s or friend’s schedules. Keep an eye on airfares and buy when you think you’re getting the best rate.
Use your Points: Frequent flyer, frequent guest or frequent renter points can be used to offset the travel costs for your family and friends.
Know your travel policy: Check your companies travel policy on traveling with guests. I let my boss know in advance that I was going to add a few days to my business trip and that I would be responsible for my additional expenses. I have heard of some companies travel policies that allow for an employee to expense some leisure travel expenses if their leisure trip saves on the projected cost of the business trip. Check your policy to see how this applies to you.
Keep costs low: Look for free things to do at your destination. D.C. has so many wonderful, historical and educational sites to visit that are free. I used this link as a resource when planning our trip.
For Washington specifically, I would also recommend reaching out to your Congressman to request White House, United States Capitol, Supreme Court, etc. visits/tours. After learning about this opportunity, I will schedule other tours on future business trips.
Happy travels …