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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Shrinking Differences Between Business & Leisure Travel - Executive Leadership Articles

Tips For The Traveling Executive: Shrinking Differences Between Business & Leisure Travel

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Shrinking Differences Between Business & Leisure Travel

This modern age of mobility and convenience has had an interesting effect on the relationship between personal lives and professional lives. Once upon a time, if something happened at the office on a weekend, we found out about it on Monday. Now, most of us get work-related emails on our personal phones, so at the very least we come to the office Monday without worrying about surprises. Similarly, thanks to our mobile technology and cloud services, we also keep tabs on all manner of personal business while immersed in our work. Alerts for social media, messages from the kids when school gets out, quick glances at our credit union balances, or the real-time tracking of those shoes we bought as they make their way to our front doors: these instances of personal upkeep in all contexts give us control over our time and awareness we never could have imagined just a few years ago.

Interestingly, the democratization of service and information is having an effect on how people travel for business. We can (and many still do) count on someone in the business office to make arrangements for travel or lodging, but we’re learning that we can easily—and often for less money—make arrangements ourselves according to our preferences and habits. App-controlled services can get us a wide range of room choices, from quaint cottages to opulent timeshares, while ride services and restaurant delivery services give us the autonomy to make plans, and to change them on the fly, from our mobile devices. It cannot come as much of a surprise that many business travelers prefer the same kind of control over their trips as they have when on vacation.

There are all kinds of logistical hurdles a business traveler must leap when craving this kind of experience, especially in larger organizations with all kinds of built-in procedural restrictions to prevent abuse. In this time of transition from old ways to new ways, many may find the benefit not worth the effort, especially when organizations believe there’s nothing wrong with the old ways. But travelers themselves will increasingly expect a business travel experience that approximates a personal travel experience, and it makes sense. If a Lyft from a boutique bed-and-breakfast costs less than a taxi from a business-friendly hotel, and if it makes the traveler happier, the company that cares about the mental well-being of its employees and executives should make it a goal to make changes for accommodating these new trends.

Surely, as on-demand app services realize the shift in preferences for business travel, they will make adjustments as well for accommodating it, not only with marketing, but easing the transitions for companies while providing services tailored for business travelers’ needs. Alternately, new services may spring up to fill the gaps: with as many business trips as there are every year, we’re talking about a huge pie with lots of room for new partakers.

Better business through mobile technology has trickled down to better living as well—remember when there was a computer at the office but not one at home? Now we’re seeing how better living through the same technology is leading to better business. The question no longer seems to be whether there will be changes to the way we travel for business, but when.

 

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