A survey reveals more corporate travelers are now making work trips with their families in tow. Should startups jump on the bandwagon?


By Sepideh Nasiri (Vice President, Women 2.0)

For an entrepreneur launching a startup, it can often feel like there are a million things to do and the clock is against you. It is easy to neglect your family as you spend your time dealing with company fires and business trips.

Anyone who spends a significant amount of time traveling for business purposes will tell you that living out of a suitcase is no fun. Despite routinely traveling to destinations many people only hope to visit, many business travelers dislike having to leave home on extended trips. Taking a spouse or the whole family along from time to time for a combined business trip/vacation can make the travel more enjoyable.

According to the 2011 business travel survey an impressive 67.7% say they do combine business travel with family travel, a major shift from just ten years ago when corporations frowned on the practice of mixing business with pleasure.

Taking one’s family on the road with you while on a business trip may be the answer to making an employee more productive, and corporations seem to be getting the message.

Why not startups? It seems that extending business trips to include a family vacation, or actually having one’s family as part of the business trip makes good economic and mental health sense. That’s why in-room childcare is available at Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas to all conference guests staying at the Bellagio via Nannies & Housekeepers USAYou can extend your stay over the weekend with our deeply discounted group rate and experience what Las Vegas has to offer, including amazing shows like “O,” world-class restaurants and spa treatments, or some fun at a theme park.

Women 2.0 readers: Will you be bringing your family to the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 – Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments below.


Sepideh (“Sepi”) Nasiri is Vice President at Women 2.0. The written word has always been her passion. Prior to Women 2.0, Sepi started her career as a Co-founder and Managing Editor of a Los Angeles Global Magazine. She advises early stage startups, is an avid technology enthusiast and acts as board member for a number of non-profits. She launched her first app The Date Saver Platinum in 2010, a clean tech mobile application. Follow her on Twitter at @SepidehN.

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