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Travel After Travel Managers

Navigating the Resurgence of Travel After Parting Ways with Your Travel Manager: What’s Your Next Move?

In the wake of the unprecedented challenges brought on by the global pandemic, many companies were forced to make difficult decisions. One decision may have been to let go of their travel manager. Since then, the world is getting back to business as usual, and travel is regaining momentum. You might be faced with new questions and uncertainties. So, what do you do now?

1. Assess Your Current Needs

Your first step is to evaluate your current travel requirements. How often will your employees need to travel? What destinations are on the horizon? What types of trips are you planning? Are these trips essential or not? These questions will form the foundation of your next moves.

2. The Hybrid Approach

If hiring a full-time travel manager is not a viable immediate option, consider the benefits of a hybrid solution. Partnering with a Travel Management Company (TMC) like Campbell Travel who offers you access to experienced travel professionals as needed. They can provide expertise in managing your travel program without the overhead of a full-time hire.

3. Technology Solutions

Invest in travel management tools and platforms that streamline booking and expense management. Partnering with a TMC often includes access to state-of-the-art technology, making it simpler for your team to make travel arrangements efficiently.

4. Policy Updates

Review and update your travel policies to reflect the evolving landscape. Ensure your policies are clear, flexible, and tailored to the current needs and expectations of your travelers.

Need help? Take a look at our travel policy example to get started!


5. Training and Support

If your team is now responsible for booking their own travel, provide training and resources to ensure they can do so efficiently and within the company’s guidelines. TMC’s like Campbell Travel offer comprehensive training and support for your employees, ensuring that they can confidently book travel in line with your organization’s guidelines.

6.Continuous Monitoring and Adaptation

Regularly monitor your travel expenses and the effectiveness of your new travel management strategy. A TMC can provide valuable insights and recommendations for cost savings and optimization.

Letting go of your travel manager may have been a necessary decision during challenging times, but it doesn’t mean you’re left to navigate the travel landscape alone. Partnering with a TMC offers you a powerful solution that combines your organization’s needs with their extensive expertise. As your business grows and travel becomes more integral to your operations, you can lean on the insights, knowledge, and support of a TMC to navigate the complexities of the ever-evolving travel requirements.