Business Travel Tips! |

When you travel the world around you, it changes the world within you. That was one of my quotes a few years ago from my travel blog when I was blogging the World Tour. It holds true to this day, in my opinion.

I have traveled a lot these past 3 months, in particular, and am often asked how I do it. How do I maintain my energy, my focus, my connections, my health. So here are my best travel tips – try them, you’ll like them.

TIP #1 – MAINTAIN REGULAR SLEEP HABITS. This is normal for me, anyway, whether I am travelling or not. But when I am on the road, it is critical for me to get my sleep. I adjust to the time zone I am in and go with it. I ensure the room is dark, cool, quiet and normally, when at conferences, for example, I always room alone. I know that many people find great joy sharing a room when attending events. That doesn’t work for me because I get enough stimulation during the business days and meetings – I don’t need the additional stimulation of someone in my room wanting to de-brief for the next few hours. It’s my down time so that I can get mentally ready for a restful sleep. That also means limited electronics or TV.

TIP #2 – GET REGULAR EXERCISE. These days, that can mean just counting your steps in the airports – they are so HUGE! It takes a lot of time and a lot of steps to get around. I hired a personal trainer this year and, when I am at home, it makes a huge difference. When I am on the road, I stay accountable, get my exercise and post photos for my trainer so I show evidence of my commitment. At a minimum, I do some Yoga moves which helps with stretching after long plane rides. I bring my exercise DVD with me, too – me and Jillian Roberts – look out world!

TIP #3 – I MAKE GOOD FOOD CHOICES. There’s not really any reason to look at a menu when I travel. I know what I regularly eat for breakfast, lunch and supper – now, remember my 80/20 rule. When I am somewhere special (like in Africa – I WILL have the chocolate croissants… just sayin’!) – I will try different foods. But for normal travel – I stick with my regular food choices – and rarely will I have a drink when I am on the road. It ruins my sleep. I know it. So why do it?

TIP #4: I KEEP MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL. Next to my exercise clothes, my Gratitude Journal is the one thing that goes in the suitcase. It IS when I travel, that I realize and recognize what a blessed life I live and I want to keep my attitude of gratitude.

TIP #5: KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR. Travel these days can be frustrating, challenging and difficult. There are many things beyond my control. It is so important to keep a sense of humor – and I do that by people watching. I love it! Most people have their face glued to their electronic devices – I just sit, with my latte, and watch. It’s great for keeping stress levels low. (good quality chocolate and a Starbucks latte makes me a happy traveler! – find your happy place, too!)

I have travelled a lot and will continue to do so. My travels tips are not rocket science – they are pretty basic and yet they work. Try them – you’ll like them too.

Home Business Tax Savings-Business Travel |

If you have a home business that requires you to travel, either by plane, car, or train, then you have additional tax deductions you may qualify for. This includes but is not limited to the cost of airfare, meals, dry-cleaning, and hotel/motel expenses. This article will cover the rules and requirements so you can claim these deductions on your 2006 tax return.

For business travel that takes you away from home overnight or for several months (but still within the United States), the major expenses that can be claimed are as follows:

The cost of traveling to the new location including the standard mileage deduction for your car, airfare, or train tickets.

The cost of activities while you’re there, including renting a car, taxis, meals, hotels, and mileage if driving your car.

Keep in mind that to claim 100% of these deductions, the primary purpose of your travel must be for business. For example: if you travel to Orlando, Florida to attend a convention in your area of business, then you can deduct all of the expenses during the days the convention is open. After the convention is over and you decide to extend your stay for a few more days, then expenses incurred during those extended days would not be covered. If your spouse is with you the entire time, you cannot write of their expenses unless they are an employee of the business and as a good business reason for being there. However, sharing a room and rental car if they are with you would have the same deduction amount as if you were alone regardless of their business status. In other words, you would split the cost of the room and rental car in half.

If the primary purpose of the visit is for a vacation to Orlando, the you cannot write off the transportation costs, such as the airfare of traveling to Orlando. However, once you are there, you can still write off the amounts of traveling around Orlando for business. Keep careful records of your business expenses when mixing business with pleasure. The tax savings can be significant. *Note that travel outside of the United States have different rules.

Always keep detailed records of your business travel expenses. The IRS takes these deductions seriously. This means keep all receipts for meals and entertainment, which are mandatory for expenses over $75. It also would be helpful to keep a journal or business log of activities, describing the business activity conducted. In the log, include the date, name and address of the restaurant or entertainment place, including the type of entertainment. Also identify people entertained and the business reason for their presence.

If you didn’t keep records up to this point, the IRS offers a standard allowance between $30 and $50 a day, depending on where the business travel is. See IRS publication #463 for a complete list.