There are benefits to taking a working vacation. Your airfare and hotel are paid by your company on a working vacation. You may be able to afford nicer accommodations in a destination that you couldn't visit on your own.
But it's easy for a working vacation to turn into all work and no play. Or, if you bring your family, you run the risk of becoming consumed with child care and not getting to the work you need to do.
To facilitate your working vacation:
- Make sure you've planned ahead for child care. Ask the hotel to provide a sitter or bring a care provider with you -- your nanny, spouse or other relative. (A grandparent may jump at the opportunity.)
- Leave plenty of time for fun as well as the work you must accomplish. It's easy to underestimate the difficulty of getting around in a strange place, whether for sightseeing or work meetings.
- Keep expenses for yourself and your family separate. Ask for separate checks in restaurants and for services your children used. (I'm pretty sure the pay per view charge for Finding Nemo doesn't count as a business expense.)
- Consider staying a day or two after your work appointments or arriving early. Ask for the extra days to be billed separately.