Whilst very few people enjoy living life out of a suitcase, business travel can sometimes be unavoidable, which can often be incredibly disruptive, not only for working mums but for their families too. As well as causing chaos to the daily routine, there can also be a financial impact – especially if you miss the cut-off date for claiming those expenses back.
Research recently conducted by Travelex revealed the average daily spend of business travellers abroad is a mammoth £353.72. What can be done to effectively manage these costs? Here are our top tips:
So, with a bit of careful planning and self-control, you can reduce the financial pressures of business travel. What about the emotional impact on parents who are away from young children?
The survey revealed that 37% of females have concerns about travelling abroad for business; a figure considerably higher than males at just 24%. Also, 29% of women see business travel as an inconvenience, almost double that of men (16%).
On the back of that, almost twice as many women (36%) felt anxious during their trip as men (18%), and 16% admitted feelings of guilt, a figure slightly higher than that of male respondents at 14%.
Not only do parents miss their children: there’s also the list of daily tasks, which are often taken for granted, that can pile up in your absence. Such trips can put additional strain on partners left at home to hold the fort, especially if they are doing things they are not used to.
For single mums, the pressure increases further, as finding a relative or babysitter to watch the kids for extended periods of time can be a big ask – especially where younger children are concerned.
It’s not just mums that feel the strain of business travel. Parents who are left at home to look after the family will also be affected by the increased work load. Responsibilities that were shared are now taken on by the person staying at home. Here are a few tips on how to makes sure your partner at home is comfortable and equipped to manage the home and family in your absence.
How can you alleviate these feelings of guilt and anxiety? By doing the following:
With a little bit of pre-planning and some TLC, you can ensure you keep your mind focussed on work, without worrying too much about things going pear-shaped back home.
This allows you to enjoy your leisure time and experience some local culture – all the things you wouldn’t have much time for at home.
*Megan Landauro is Global PR Manager at Travelex. The article draws on parenting advice from ABC News, Bright Horizons and Parent.com.