a very brief moment in history, I was famous in
Sea Bass ever caught off the coast. The
shame of it was, someone caught a bigger one later that same day, so I didn’t
even have time to submit the certificate (signed by the captain) and the
picture to the state’s dept. of Natural Resources for consideration. I didn’t mind much, the fish was delicious
and the trip didn’t cost me too much.
trip was a “side trip” I had decided to take.
I wasn’t married in those days and as a much “free-er” man, I would
occasionally stay overnight in a good city to take in some sights after a
business trip. Today, I beat feet home
to see my wife (Hi, Honey), but business “side trips” are still in play for
many travelers. The trick is, to get the
company to pay for as much of it as possible.
For that to happen, you need to make the trip as attractive to your boss
as you possibly can. Here are some tips:
never going to happen if it doesn’t save the company money, so look for cheaper
airfare, hotel, and rental car rates if you add a Friday night stay-over. Alternatively if you’re scheduled for
back-to-back trips, check to see if it’s cheaper for you to take three one way
trips and to stay the weekend in one of the two cities, than it would be to take
two round trips from home. It usually
is, and it makes better sense to fly directly from one work-city to another
than it does to come home first, especially if it costs more than $500 to do
willing to foot the cost of some aspect of the extra time spent in your target
city. Obviously, the company isn’t going
to pay for your deep sea fishing trip, and they may not be willing to pay for
the extra rental car day or hotel either, unless it’s cheaper for them to do
so. Remember, it’s only fair if you
feed/entertain yourself when on these excursions.
do anything too crazy. If you break your
knee or twist your ankle while surfing, skiing, etc, on a side trip and you’re
expected to work in your new city on Monday, don’t expect a lot of sympathy.
it quiet. The non-travelers in your
office are already jealous of your “spectacular jet-setting job” so don’t rub
in by telling them about your extra day at the beach, or about your excursion
along the Great Barrier Reef in
expected you to work over the weekend and about how “tough” it is to be away
from your house and family because the job sent you to
an eye on your city’s websites. You may
be near a city with a little-known festival or event which could offer a “once
in a lifetime” experience. Some teams
have blown a whole pumpkin almost a mile from out of a cannon in Bridgeville,
Delaware at their annual “Punkin Chunkin” contest. Who knew?
prepared to get searched at the airport, every time. Buying one-way tickets rather than round-trip
tickets is a sure fired way to get on the TSA’s “watch list” at the
airport. Expect an assisted search and
plan for it.
take too many side trips. Remember, it’s
the exception rather than the rule, and your trip and expense approval teams
don’t want to have to roll their eyes and crunch the numbers every time you go
somewhere. Keep these golden tickets in
your pocket and use them carefully.
Sea Bass is wonderful, especially when it’s baked in a light lemon butter sauce
with capers and a sprinkling of dill, and I never would have known had I not
taken that extra day in
to do some fishing. My best “side trip”
of all time though was a weekend in Nice, France; courtesy of the company
sending me to do two weeks work in three different European cities that weren’t
quite as glamorous as Nice. What’s
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