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Travel Tip: How Comparing Business Travel Costs Can Help You Budget

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Downtown_Seattle_from_Kerry_ParkIf you want to know how expensive your trip might be—even within the United States—it might help to see what U.S. corporations are paying their employees on a per diem basis during business travel.

The most expensive U.S. city?

It’s San Francisco, where the average per diem for a hotel, car, and food is a whopping $547.

New York comes in second at $523.

It’s followed by Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Want a more reasonable travel budget?

Look at the Midwest and cities like Grand Rapids, Madison, or Columbus.

There, the per diems average about $300.

Or you can head to Florida, where the average per diem in Tampa, Sarasota, and even Orlando, drops to under $300.

Other cities in that range? Richmond, Virginia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Remember, this is for business travel, so you can probably do even better.

But this is still a good guide to prepare against sticker shock.

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