Getting Reimbursed for Business Expenses |

Business traveling, even with all of its hustle, bustle, and flat hotel pillows, does have one perk: your company pays for it. Whether they reimburse you for cars from rental agencies or for the miles you put on your own vehicle, one thing stands between you and your financial compensation: tangible proof of what you’ve spent.

Keeping financial records of business trips may seem – on the surface – quite simple. However, when more pressing matters get in the way – late plane departures, important business meetings, getting lost in a new city – it’s rather easy to lose track of what you are spending. Adhering to some of the following tips of advice can help you to keep track of all your expenses and allow you to stick it to “the man,” one mile at a time.

Put your Receipts somewhere safe: Receipts on business trips are as important as money: they are evidence that you’ve spent what you say you’ve spent. Unfortunately, they are sometimes easy to lose. When you are in a rush, stuffing receipts in the pocket of your jacket and accidentally throwing them away later, or placing them on the passenger seat of your car just to watch them fly out an open window, are common occurrences. Instead, have a designated area in your wallet or your car where you put every receipt immediately after it’s given to you, giving yourself no time to lose it in the process.

Use Technology: Technology makes our lives more convenient and convenience is one thing we can always use, especially on the road. Some companies, such as TravelEyes2, know all about this and have recently come out with a new form of technology that uses a GPS receiver to track where you’ve been and what stops you’ve made. When your trip is finished, this device prints out a report from the data it has stored. It can also be hooked up to a lap top for easy navigating. It’s perfect for the businessperson who questions their employees’ travel reports.

Organize your Expenses: Chances are companies won’t reimburse you for everything you purchase on a business trip: they might pay for your lunch, but they probably won’t pay for the three foot teddy bear you bought your daughter. For this reason, it’s not only important to submit relevant receipts to your company, but it’s also essential to submit them in a legible, organized manner. Before turning them in for reimbursement, organize them in a manner where the accounting department at your company can cut you a check in a timely manner.

Keeping travel expenses organized is essential for the businessman and women. It might seem easy but once you realize that that trapper keeper from your childhood is too marked up with Heavy Metal Band stickers to serve as adequate storage and that your Daytimer is so 1990′s, you will have to look for another way to keep organized. Taking some time to do this, however, can mean the difference between being compensated or infuriated.

Booking Your US Vacation Using Online Travel Portals |

With the U.S. economy in the proverbial toilet, popular vacation destinations such as Florida and Nevada are stepping up efforts to attract business from its best customers. Cheap, shorter-length vacations are now being offered in hopes of attracting budget minded travelers. Packages that include free shuttle to popular venues (i.e. Disney parks; Las Vegas off-the-strip attractions), and low-cost meal plans (or even all-inclusive food and beverage) are now among the most popular criteria for U.S. vacationers.

As the vacation season fast approaches, there is yet another option for those people who do not want to travel too far from home. Vacation rentals are fast becoming a great alternative to rising airline ticket costs, food prices, and of course gasoline. Americans with second homes, in states like Michigan and Maine, who find themselves in their own economic indifference, are renting out these properties in record numbers, to help subsidize mortgage and maintenance costs. This especially appeals to American suburbanites looking to stay in-state with their hard-earned money.

However, competition is stiff for those of us looking to book a low cost vacation. With online travel services quickly monopolizing, people find that shopping for that great getaway can be time-sensitive. For example, you find what might be a great deal on one web-site, navigate away to do some comparison shopping, and come back only to find the deal has been taken. Remember, you’re not just competing with fellow Americans, but also with countries whose currency has strengthened against an ailing U.S. dollar (like the Canadian Dollar and British Pound). Web-aware consumers are becoming increasingly shrewd in competing for vacations. If you are not on top of the latest online techniques used for securing travel destinations, the experience may leave you very frustrated.

Enter a new way for booking vacations; the online travel portal. These web-sites offer a variety of travel deals, displayed as mini-ads under categorized web pages. Each ad is directly linked back to a hosting site, and can be shown side-by-side with an ad from another competing web-site. This allows online consumers to compare a variety of deals on a single page, based on time ending (if it is an auction), by price, or by company. Valuable minutes, even seconds, can be saved by using online travel portals as the method for comparing vacation deals.

Online travel portals have also benefitted the ever-disappearing small business travel company. They now can compete directly with the juggernauts of the vacation booking industry, and at a cost for advertising that is very affordable. The owners of these companies can even monitor price changes of competing ads and dynamically adjust their offers as required. The winner in the end will be the traveler, getting the best deal in price, with a lot less effort.