How many (business) trips are still necessary today?

Contemporary approaches to travel (guideline) design

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Pursuing one’s agenda through company travel will lead to conflicts. Specific locations are often preferred. Of course, coincidentally, these are the locations on lovely islands, Majorca or in Berlin — depending on personal preference. Collecting miles through air travel, including short-haul domestic flights, an Instagram story from the business lounge with a Senator status card appears daily on social media. The most crucial factor for a business trip is its necessity, taking into account the most efficient and effective means of travel.


In addition to number-driven aspects, such as the carbon footprint factor and other sustainability aspects, social aspects must also be considered — a simple example. I travel in Europe almost exclusively by train (for some time now, I have continuously published the current travel balance on Sundays on all social media channels). Purely driven by numbers, you quickly end up with the train as the preferred option. When I finish my seminars, workshops or keynotes and travel, I don’t mind arriving in Zurich or London at 10 PM, 11 PM or midnight. Being single by choice, I have all the freedom and can handle this flexibly. For people with families, the flight and an arrival at 7 or 8 PM is the difference between a conversation in the partnership or no conversation, seeing the children and bringing them to bed or not, finding out what is happening in the family or going to sleep alone, in silence. Social aspects have a direct impact on your employees. Pay attention to these aspects.

Online vs On-Site

The online world offers countless options for flexible, spontaneous and quick meetings. However, some of them, especially very confidential aspects, will not be communicated through this channel. The spatial effect, the immediacy of the counterpart in direct response, the three-dimensional and complete perception of gestures, facial expressions and body language play a role here. Besides that, not everyone has grown up with digital media. Consider personal preferences as well as strengths and weaknesses.



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Niels Brabandt

Niels Brabandt is in business since 1998. Helping managers to become better leaders by mastering the concept of Sustainable Leadership. Based in Spain & London.