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Old    Greg Scharf (obriengotwake)      Join Date: Feb 2003       Yesterday, 1:42 PM Reply   
I just took a new position that will require a lot of travel for work. It will be an close mix of flight and car travel. I get a monthly vehicle allowance along with a gas card for road. Anyone else travel for work. Just looking for tips on making travel living away from home smoother and anything to consider for taxes ect. Also, I am married (wife works night shift) and no children, that will make this much easier. I have never been to a wake park but I think I will be scoping them out at my destinations. Any suggestions and or experiences are greatly appreciated.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       Yesterday, 2:42 PM Reply   
I used to travel like 50% of the time, here are some things that made my life easier -

* If they allow it, open a personal credit card just for your travel. A company card (least mine) effected my credit but didn't get me points .... earn points / miles on them

* Bring workout clothes and use hotel gyms .... traveling = eating out a LOT, you'll get fat quick if you don't keep up with things

* Chromecast is a great thing to make hotel TV more enjoyable (or an HDMI if your laptop has an HDMI out).

* If flights are common, get TSA Pre-check

* reddit is an awesome way to find out whats going on in cities you'll be in for a week / weekend
Old    156452 (WLF)      Join Date: Mar 2010       Yesterday, 2:56 PM Reply   
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       Yesterday, 6:40 PM Reply   
I traveled on a regular basis for a few years, one thing that I developed a liking to was hotels that had a bar and served some type of food onsite (not just breakfast). Hilton garden inn, courtyard mariott, etc... After a day on the road, meeting customer, then driving multiple hours so your in the right town the next day... its nice to just go down to the onsite amenities and not worry about finding a place to eat.

and tinder
Old     (Shawn)      Join Date: Aug 2011       Yesterday, 10:34 PM Reply   
I travel a ton for work and everyone in my field has become points whores. As mentioned, get a credit card that has some sort of rewards and use that for all of your travel expenses. Sign up and stick to one hotel brand as much as possible. Marriott has a ton of properties under their umbrella. Stick to one airline and rental car place and sign up for their rewards program.

It may not seem like much but it will start to add up fast. I have not paid for a personal flight, rental car, hotel or vacation since 2010 out of pocket and still have more points than I know what to do with. Company and clients pay all the get all the perks and points.

Make sure that your company maximizes your per diem. It changes for each city and it is tax free money to offset your meals and incidentals.

Keep track of every mile you drive your personal car for work and document each trip.

...and TSA Precheck will be the best money you ever spent. Go sign up tomorrow.
Old    Wes (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       Yesterday, 11:42 PM Reply   
If you do any international travel at all or think you might you can go for Global Entry. Best $100 I ever spent. Applied, got pre-approved, 2 minute interview (the guy just shoots the sh** while waiting for your fingerprint results to come back) and done - and it automatically includes TSA pre.
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       Today, 11:11 AM Reply   
Used to go to China twice a year and agree with Shawn

I got 17,000 bonus miles every trip just for the ticket not counting everything else that racked up miles. It didn't take long to add up at that rate.
Old    Pound (snyder)      Join Date: Feb 2006       Today, 12:09 PM Reply   
if you're going to be going back and forth to the same place, some hotels will store your luggage for you so you don't have to drag it w/you just to return the next week. A lot of consultants in my field will be on site Monday thru Thursday, work from home on Friday and they're back on site again on Monday sometimes for months at a time. So they'll just leave their bags at the hotel.
oh, and congrats on the new job.

Last edited by snyder; Today at 12:12 PM.
Old    Surf Addict (Desi) (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       Today, 3:41 PM Reply   
Ya'll a bunch of bad influences. Married guy asks for travel advice and Tinder keeps getting thrown out.

I would probably say, post up in the find a third area if you're going to an area with wake and meet some chill people off the site here to ride with while in different parts of the country. I imagine you'll probably be frequenting a lot of the same places again over the years. It's always good to have some bros where you go.
Old     (Shawn)      Join Date: Aug 2011       Today, 3:59 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by phathom View Post
t's always good to have some bros where you go.
He would then need Grinder...not Tinder!
Old    Surf Addict (Desi) (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       Today, 4:13 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
He would then need Grinder...not Tinder!
Not what I meant *facepalm*
Old    Greg Scharf (obriengotwake)      Join Date: Feb 2003       Today, 5:37 PM Reply   
Thanks. Would cash back be a better option in a credit card? I do not travel much by plane for pleasure. I think this along with hotel rewards will help a ton. Do you use any apps to help record mileage and other expenses?


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