Types of Business Travelers


Many people travel for business several times a year, if not a couple of times per month. The purpose of the travel differs for each business position, but can include meeting new customers, presenting new products or services or visiting other office locations in the same business.


  • People who establish a business and become entrepreneurs may travel quite a bit to find customers and seek opportunities. Since entrepreneurs often work alone in all aspects of the business, such as marketing, customer service and providing services, all of the responsibility lies on the business owner's shoulders.

    If the services offered by the entrepreneur are available on a nationwide or even international basis, the owner may need to travel to provide seminars, have meetings with potential clients for future sales or business collaborations or implement the service for the customers.

Sales Persons

  • If a business sells a product or service, it may have a sales people who travel to different cities, states or countries to market and advertise the business in hopes of making the company's products or services popular in their region.

    For example, if a product has a large customer base in Europe or if the company wishes to expand into the European market, the sales staff would make frequent business trips to Europe.

Executives and Management Team

  • High ranking personnel, such as vice presidents or senior management, may be required to travel extensively, particularly if their business has several locations or is internationally based. The senior team may either be responsible for the operations in other national offices or may travel abroad to meet with other management teams in international offices of the same business. This may be done to share success stories, plan new products or listen to how the markets have changed.

Airline Pilots and Flight Attendants

  • Airline pilots and flight attendants most likely choose these jobs because of the opportunity to travel or because of a strong passion for aviation and customer service. Airline pilots and flight attendants provide a service to passengers on airplanes around the world on both domestic and international flights.

    If the flights are international, the pilots and attendants may stay over in another country for a few days and work on a returning flight. This layover allows them to explore the country and see tourist attractions in the given country.

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