Business trips or official trips are those that take you away from your place of work for a significant duration of time. In terms of IRS you travel away from your ‘tax home’ (the place where you are currently working) to a different place for a specific interval of time.
What makes a business trip different from an ordinary overnighter? Simple. A business trip is booked by your company and they get to decide where you go, where you stay, how long you stay and how much you can eat on their dime. In your ordinary overnighter you decide on your destination, your hotel choice, budget for entertainment AND you get to take loved ones along fo the ride.
If you happen to be the owner of the company your travel decision are centered around the bright business prospects i.e. the best place you think would be to enhance and promote your business.
Business trips are to be planned in a slightly different fashion than normal. Usually your company will do the booking for you but if the travel is at your decretion, then you have the opportunity to think about your travel.
If this is the case, here is where you can save a few extra dollars. Do a search and compare prices. Most online travel sites will educate you about various things. For instance you can know about the hotels and their charges, airfares, and the cost to rent a vehicle It's better to do your research as soon as possible before your business trip. Last minute travel planning for business can be troublesome as well as expensive.
While you making a business trip, try and save as much as you can but without compromising on your basic amenities. It's not wise to spend your entire food allowance eating lavishly. If you are visiting a place for the first time, one night to see the nightlife is enough. Don't over pack as some airlines charge by the weight of your luggage. Some elegant official wear shirts and trousers should be preferred than a multitude dresses.
Don't forget to pack your travel alarm clock -- you don't want to miss the meeting or conference that is planned for your business trip.
Lastly, reach the airport or station on time to avoid missing your flight or train. Go with a little planning and make your business trip a huge success!