Road warriors bring families along: Dave Nowicki spends 50% of his time overseas; his family has ridden elephants in Thailand and hiked the Great Wall of China – Business Travel …

Road warriors bring families along: Dave Nowicki spends 50% of his time overseas; his family has ridden elephants in Thailand and hiked the Great Wall of China – Business Travel … – Brief Article

Going along on business trips works for his wife (a stay-at-home mom) and his son, who gets home-schooled on the road. And it works for his company, Bytemobile, since he’s willing to travel more, doesn’t run up hotel phone bills by calling home from abroad and doesn’t need to fly back on weekends. More families are tagging along when one parent has to travel for business; nearly half expect to bring a spouse on an upcoming business trip, says the National Business Travel Association. Many companies see it as a way to not only keep employees happy, but to save money with Saturday night stays. If you’re going to have company on your trip, be honest about it, say ethics experts. Run travel plans by the boss first, and agree beforehand on how to divvy up the costs. Cab and hotel bills often stay the same, and are tax-deductible; restaurant tabs should be split fair and square. (The IRS has also said its okay to use business-earned frequent-flier miles for fun). Says Nowicki’s wife, “We’re enriching our lives with this incredible global experience.”

# 18418 NEWSWEEK, 12-11-03

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