Do you have a favourite city you love to visit when working abroad? Travel has to be one of the best perks of any job.
A new city is the perfect place to enjoy a little downtime after work. But why waste it all in the hotel business lounge and restaurant? There’s a whole world out there.
We spoke to Andrew Rigby, a business travel expert at Rigby Financial, about Europe’s most popular business travel destinations.
Andrew Rigby also shared his travel insurance tips for business owners and CEOs, to ensure you and your employees are covered against any unfortunate occurrences.
Michelin star restaurants, iconic landmarks and some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques can be found in and around Paris.
The Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles and the Louvre will no doubt be on your list of places to visit, if it’s your first time visiting the city.
If you’re looking for something a little different, visit the ultra-modern Fondation Louis Vuitton gallery in Bois de Boulogne. Located in the city’s second largest park, the gallery hosts Louis Vuitton Group CEO Bernard Arnault’s vast art collection.
Frankfurt is a world of contrasts, where futuristic skyscrapers stand alongside Gothic-buildings and cathedrals, some of which date back to 15th and 18th century.
If you get some free time during your visit to this German town, you’ll want to visit such as sights as the historic Old Town Centre - much of which was rebuilt following WWII.
If the weather is kind, make the short trip to Palm Garden. Here you’ll find stunning botanical exhibitions and an array of tropical plants.
The Catalan capital is a treasure trove and the perfect place to spend a few hours in between meetings.
Take Barcelona’s fantastic tourist trail to visit the city’s many spectacular sights, such as Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, the La Pedrera and, of course, the world-famous Las Ramblas walkway.
If you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands, book a trip to FC Barcelona’s incredible Camp Nou stadium. Tours of the stadium take place on a regular basis.
Few European cities match the beauty of Amsterdam. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’ for its endless canals, the Dutch capital is the perfect place to unwind after the working day.
Take a canal cruise or sit back and watch the world go by from the comfort of a bar in the Dam Square. If the weather is on your side, hire a bike and cycle to the nearby Vondelpark for lunch.
You won’t be stuck for things to do in the evening, with countless restaurants, stylish bars and walking tours of Amsterdam city centre, including the world-famous Red Light District.
Brussels has long been associated with business travel. A number international offices and organisations are based here, including the European Parliament.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Brussels is its thriving café culture. The city is full of quaint bistros, coffeehouses and bars, which provide the perfect setting for a little laptop work.
If you have a few free hours, a visit to Brussels’ main central square - the Grand Place - is a must.
The area is situated right in the heart of the city, and is surrounded by historic Gothic architecture, cafés, chocolate shops and boutiques.
Travel insurance tips for your sales department
- Check the individual needs of your sales team, and check what they’re insured for. Your sales team’s needs may differ greatly from that of other members of your workforce. For instance, they may be carrying luggage that’s of greater value i.e. cheques, contracts, laptops etc. Always check the exact sum your insurance will pay out for a loss of luggage.
- Travel delays. If one of your employees misses an important meeting due to a travel delay, will they be covered for a loss of earnings? There are some meetings you just can’t afford to miss. If a member of your team missing an important sales meeting, which eventually leads to your company missing out on a contract, can you claim for a loss of earnings? Make sure you ask these questions before taking new insuring policy on board!
- Individual policies for certain members of your sales team. When it comes to travel insurance, there’s very little use in having a one-size fits all policy. For instance, one of your team may make frequent trips from the UK to Israel, while another may only travel to and from Germany. It may be worth looking into individual policies for your workers rather than one collective policy.