Friday, March 18, 2011

Eight Strange Tales of Business Travel


Business travel generates more than its share of war stories and funny tales. A certain spirit of abandonment – not to mention an abundance of certain spirits – often leads to oddball behavior. Careerbuilder surveyed workers to uncover some of their best weird travel tales. The report arrives as business travel seems to be making a comeback; after 37% of companies reported that travel cutbacks hurt business last year, 88% say they either will maintain or increase the current level of trips this year. That said, one-third of these organizations still say they're restricting associated expenses, such as entertainment budgets. "Business travel lets companies stay connected with clients and employees across the globe," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Some companies are revisiting their policies, though, to ensure they're maximizing the effectiveness of their business travel initiatives." Nearly 2,500 U.S. employers and more than 3,900 workers took part in the survey.

Too Much Local Color
“Our plane was stormed by the Columbian military, thinking there was a drug lord on board.”

Sights Best Unseen
“A naked guy tried getting in my cab in Indonesia.”

False Alarm
“A drunken passenger next to me insisted my headphones were a bomb.”

Tough Way to Earn Miles
“A woman gave birth on the flight.”

A Compliment in Some Cultures
“A client mooned the plane.”

Could Have Happened in the Office
“A manager punched a co-worker on the plane.”

Jet Lagged
“I fell asleep in the airplane restroom.”

Happens All the Time
“After waking up in a hotel, I walked into the hallway instead of the restroom in my underwear. Got locked out.”


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