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Benefits of Combining Business Trip with Family Vacation

Updated on August 4, 2012

You know your husband travels frequently when your son asks, "Did Dad go to Chile?" and I say, "Nope, he is just in the den."

I am a stay at home mom and lately my husband has been traveling to South America and tagging along is not financially feasible. Occasionally, my husband needs to travel to Washington, D.C. for work, too. We told our kids that if he needed to go to D.C. this summer, we might make it a family road trip. There are some definite benefits to combining business travel with a family vacation

Benefits of Combining Business and Family Trips

  • Save Money on Travel Expenses and Hotel
  • New Day Trip Options
  • Spending time as a family

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Travel Expenses

On typical business trips to D.C., my husband flies and rents a car. We are a family of seven so we decided to drive and my husband will be able to expense our mileage. While we are going for pleasure, he is going for work. Our first stop in D.C. was Dulles airport’s rental car area. It is less expensive for my husband to rent a car than take a taxi, and it will be more convenient than doing daily drop offs and pick-ups.

Tips for a Successful Business/Family Vacation

  • Always verify with manager before bringing family on a business trip
  • Make sure spouse/partner realizes you are working and the vacation can not affect your work
  • Give spouse/partner a heads up on if you have dinner plans with clients or if you are eating as a family

Hotel Expenses

When you travel for work, hotels are paid for by the company. For smaller families, hotel expenses could be completely eliminated. We have seven people in one hotel room and that makes for quite a bit of noise and little room for sleep.

When we travel, we book two rooms or a suite. His company will not expense a suite so for simplicity, we booked adjoining rooms. His company will pay for one room and we will use his hotel rewards points for the second. The rooms are adjoined with a common door in between. Our family of seven will have 4 double beds and there will be plenty of room to sleep!

Fun Ways to Spend Time in D.C.

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Kids at the Smithsonian CastleKids appreciating Arlington National CemeteryThe kids at the Eternal Flame at Arlington National CemeteryThe kids were so excited to see the octopus at the National ZooThe Smithsonian Air and Space MuseumDaughter admiring American Girl dolls at Tysons Corner
Kids at the Smithsonian Castle
Kids at the Smithsonian Castle | Source
Kids appreciating Arlington National Cemetery
Kids appreciating Arlington National Cemetery | Source
The kids at the Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery
The kids at the Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery | Source
The kids were so excited to see the octopus at the National Zoo
The kids were so excited to see the octopus at the National Zoo | Source
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum | Source
Daughter admiring American Girl dolls at Tysons Corner
Daughter admiring American Girl dolls at Tysons Corner | Source

Family Vacation Activities

My husband will be busy all day and most evenings with work, so we plan to keep ourselves busy. Back home, we take day trips all the time. By tagging along on my husband's business trip, we have a different starting point and different day trip opportunities.

We decided to venture into D.C.and pick up a few museums, Arlington Cemetery, and the National Zoo. We took a 'down' day and went to Tysons Corner Mall and checked at the American Girl Store and other stores we don't have back home.

Many of the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have free admission.

While we took a family vacation earlier in the summer, the kids enjoyed the mini vacation, too!

Fun at the Hotel

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Our kids love to swim at the hotelKids love hotels!
Our kids love to swim at the hotel
Our kids love to swim at the hotel | Source
Kids love hotels!
Kids love hotels! | Source

Spending Quality Time with my Children

This summer has been busy between swim team, swim lessons and overall just having fun. We are taking the opportunity to take a break from our busy lifestyle back home and spend quality time together. Our kids will have my undivided attention because house work and errands don't happen on vacation! We will find things to do outside of the hotel and absolutely hit the hotel pool every day, too.

What is better than spending time with your kids when they still want to spend time with you?

Enjoying Time with my Kids

Nothing compares to quality time with your kids (At National Zoo)
Nothing compares to quality time with your kids (At National Zoo) | Source

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Being Together as a Whole Family

Most people try to vacation as inexpensive as possible. We saved on our costs for travel and accommodations by piggy backing off my husband’s business trip. We enjoyed being able to see some new museums at the Smithsonian and the National Zoo.

Each evening, the kids told their Dad all the fun they had and shared pictures. We asked him about his day as well, but we know it didn't stack up to ours!

Best of all, at the end of the each day, we were still together as a whole family.


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    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, cardelean. I wished he traveled less and we didn't have the option sometimes! D.C. is an easy drive for us and the kids really had a good time. Thanks for reading!

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Great information in your hub for those families that have a parent who travels for work. If I had that option I'm sure that I would do that as often as I could! :) Nice job.


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