A recent article from MSNBC states:
Combining business and leisure trips, or “blended travel” in which business travelers bring along a friend or family members, has gained momentum in recent years, some industry experts say.
A survey conducted earlier this year by the Meredith Corporation, the publisher of Family Circle magazine, found that of readers who travel for work, 77 percent took along a family member or significant other on their last business trip, and 47 percent do so the majority of the time.
What I want to know is: who are these people? Who are the business travelers that take their significant other or kids with them on almost half of their trips? Who are these SOs that can go along on business trips half the time? Do they not have jobs of their own? Or school (if we’re talking about kids)? In four years, the Home Warrior has come with me on a business trip once. When we drove to Dallas for a rare Saturday work trip. One time we went to Napa, and then from there I flew to Salt Lake City for work, but he did not accompany me. Of course I would love if he could go with me every time I go to Newark or Nashville or San Jose, but a) he has a job, and b) we can’t afford all of the plane fares for him to travel with me.
I also raised my eyebrows at this section.
One client whose corporate travel policy allows him to fly business class recently saved his company money when he decided to sail with his wife on the Queen Mary to London instead. Fare for two was less expensive than one business class ticket, said Steiner….
Good for him for having a company that will allow him to fly business class to London. This also may be an indicator of the type of business traveler surveyed. But in my experience, if I said to my company, “Hey, if I find a fare that’s half of the price I would otherwise pay, can I bring my husband?” they would laugh at me. I mean, really laugh.
I am interested in what other people’s experiences are. Does your company pay for a spouse to travel with you? How often do you bring your SO with you? Do you ever tack a personal trip at the end of a business trip?