Take a Tax-Deductible Dream Trip

Here are five ways to turn the
long trip you’ve been dreaming about for ages into
tax-deductible – and profitable! – business travel.

Is extensive travel one of your unfulfilled dreams?

For years, my husband and I had talked about taking a
grand tour of the U.S. and Canada, visiting well-known
cities and viewing glorious landscapes. On March 1
last year, we left in our car to do just that. At the
end of May, we returned home having racked up 20,000
miles, having experienced countless adventures.
What’s more, by working just a few hours a day, we
earned the same amount as at home and will be
deducting expenses for the entire trip on our tax

You too can do this! Here are five ways to turn the
long trip you’ve been dreaming about for ages into
tax-deductible – and profitable! – business travel.

1. Seminars. By announcing my itinerary to
subscribers of my weekly newsletter, The Marketing
Minute, I received seminar or speaking invitations for
Houston and Austin, Texas; San Francisco and
Sacramento, California; Seattle, Washington; Langley,
British Columbia and several other locations. Most
business organizations plan events several months in
advance, so time your trip announcements accordingly.
Besides appearing at events sponsored by an stablished
organization, you can line up co-sponsors who know one
or more of the areas you’ll be traveling to and who
will take charge of your leg-work in exchange for a
percentage of the profits.

2. Client meetings. People I had been working with
remotely were thrilled at the opportunity to get
together in person when I would be passing through
their area. Some of these meetings turned into
enjoyable social occasions while others materialized
as paid consultations. You’ll need much less lead
time to set up these get-togethers.

3. Research. Haven’t you always wanted to find out
how businesses deal with setbacks differently in
different parts of the country or the world? If not,
then maybe you can formulate another travel-worthy
question whose answers relate to your line of
business. Upon your return, you can publish a report
and voilà, you have a new product and your trip had a
legitimate business purpose.

4. Focus groups. Convene small groups to feel out
the market for possible new ventures from your
company. You may need just one business contact in
each city where you want to do this. Offer a free
lunch or dinner for participants and something more
for your contact, and ask him or her to round up
colleagues for an interesting colloquy on _____
(describe the topic appealingly). To fend off
suspicions that this will be a disguised or explicit
sales pitch, promise that the event will include no

5. Book tour. Setting up author events is a feasible
option if you have at least one published book, even
if it came out a couple of years ago. If your book is
fiction, the events would normally be readings or book
signings, while if your book falls into the nonfiction
category, you can either offer a talk about the topic
of the book or set up book signings. Besides all
manner of bookstores, including specialty ones like
those focusing on mysteries, New Age, Christian or gay
and lesbian themes, book events also take place at
libraries, museums, community centers, churches and
synagogues. As part of selling books during
your travels, make sure you contact local media
outlets along the way!

Reminder: Be sure to consult a qualified tax advisor
to determine whether or not your travels will count as
tax deductible.

Marcia Yudkin mailto:marcia@yudkin.com is the author of 6
Steps to Free Publicity and 10 other books. She runs a private member site, www.MarketingforMore.com, for
business owners who are growing their businesses. This article is adapted from the report, “Take Your
Business On The Road”; more excerpts at www.yudkin.com/ontheroad.htm.