Luckily, Matt has a job that doesn’t require him to travel a lot. That works out well for us because, well, we like having him around. When he does need to travel, though, we try to turn that into an opportunity for travel.
On a business trip, the hotel is already paid for and Matt’s meals are covered. Matt’s company is also willing reimburse him for the amount it would have cost to fly him to wherever he is going so that we can put that money towards gas instead. We are left having to cover the cost for food for the rest of the family and any activities that we do along the way. It is an economical and fun time to explore a place that we might not visit otherwise. It also works beautifully because he only has to take one or two days off for travel time instead of using more of his vacation days.
Last fall, we turned a class that he took in Washington, DC into a road trip that took us through St. Louis, Louisville, and Philadelphia. This past spring, we were able to go with him to Las Vegas and stop by the Grand Canyon on our way home.
It never hurts to ask what your company is willing to do as far as using business travel as a time to bring the whole family. And, while we don’t go with him every time Matt leaves town, the times we have have turned out to be some of our favorite travel adventures.