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Business travel is travel undertaken for work or business purposes, as opposed to other types of travel, such as for leisure purposes or regularly commuting between one's home and workplace. According to a survey 88% small business owners enjoy business travel. 
The reasons to conduct business travel might include:
- visiting customers or suppliers
- meetings at other company locations
- professional development and attending a conference or trade show.
- market or promote a new or an existing product
- visiting project site for evaluation
- conducting project work at a customer site (e.g. installing equipment)
- strengthening relationships with customers
- strengthening employees' loyalty to the business
- building new partnerships
- identifying trends and new markets
Jobs Involving Business TravelEdit
Today, many jobs involve periodic or frequent business. Common careers involving business travel include:
- Sales Engineers
- Field Engineers
- Project Managers
Additionally, it’s not uncommon to see doctor’s, nurses, and other medical professionals in the air these days. Often lawyers, politicians, athletes, clergy, military, academics, and journalists conduct business travel on a regular basis.
Negatives to Business TravelEdit
Frequent business travel can be very rewarding for travelers, however, there is a dark side to frequent business travel. Employees who travel for work on a regular basis often experience loneliness, depression, and reduced mental health. In 2019, 1 in 5 business travelers reported business travel negatively affected their mental health. Additionally, many business travelers often miss important family events creating additional relationship stress.
Positives to Business TravelEdit
Business travel has many positive benefits for employees the largest being the opportunity to see parts of the world on the company's dime. Today, many business travelers incorporate bleisure travel into their work travel.
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