Deducting your combined biz/vacation travel

Time with family is precious. That’s why more and more business travelers are adding on vacation to their trips and inviting family to join them. Sometimes it’s easy to mix business and pleasure – especially with the trend toward booking business conferences at resort areas like Orlando or Las Vegas. With a little advance planning, you can get Uncle Sam to foot part of the bill – legally.

The Internal Revenue Service lets you deduct 100 percent of your transportation costs for travel within the United States – as long as the primary reason for the trip is business. If your trip is primarily for pleasure, only expenses directly related to business are deductible. So the trick is to make business the principal purpose of your trip. Then you can mix in a few vacation days and still fully deduct transportation costs, including: airfare (for yourself only), getting to and from the airport, tips for baggage handlers, cabs from your hotel to your business meetings and back. Of course, you don’t have to fly to get tax write-offs. The same rules apply when you travel by rail or car. Pack the family into the car for the joint business/vacation destination, and you can deduct the total cost of driving back and forth, even though others are in the car. When you share your hotel room with family members, you may deduct the cost of what you would have paid for a single, rather than double, room. Just be sure to ask the hotel to note the single rate on your bill.

Plus, you can write off all your daily out-of-pocket expenses – lodging, hotel tips, and 50 percent of meals, seminar and convention fees, cab fare, etc. – for business days at your destination. Your out-of- pocket expenses for personal days are not deductible. There is a really easy way to gain maximum tax deductions and take some extra days off too. It’s the Saturday night stay-over exception. If staying over a Saturday night would substantially reduce your airfare – and thus the overall cost of your business trip – the IRS will cut you a break. In effect, the IRS lets you count the extra days as business days because staying over actually saves money. Remember, your trip must still be primarily for business and you can only deduct 50 percent of your meal expenses. Keep in mind that the IRS pays close attention to deductions claimed for business travel. Maintain a log to substantiate your business activities. Include the dates of departure and return, the number of days spent on business, and the reason for the travel.

Athens International Airport: Traveler’s Information

The Story

Tuesday March 27, 2001 was an uncommon day for the city of Athens. Following six decades the capital of Greece gained another International Airport. Migrated from Elliniko areato Spata with current offices and another name the new airplane terminal built up the new period for the Greek aeronautics division. The development of the new air terminal has been propelled in July 1996 and it was conveyed to finish only five months before venture’s due date, in September 2000.

On March 28, the primary plane landed. It was the Olympic Air flight from Montreal, Canada.

After one day, the 1572 flight of KLM to Amsterdam was the initiation takeoff flight from the fresh out of the plastic new El. Venizelos International Airport. It’s been over ten years after those opening flights and the Athens International Airport El. Venizelos keeps on accepting a huge number of guests to Greece every year.

The name

Athens International Airport was named after the Prime Minister of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936), considered one of the best leaders of present day and contemporary history of Greece, who was additionally a Minister of Aviation.

The area

The Athens International Airport is situated close to the town of Spata, 34 km from the downtown area of Athens and 25 km from the northern suburb of Kifissia (GPS Data 37.93,23.945).

Some charming numbers

Αround 15 million travelers arrive and withdraw from Athens I

Travel and Accommodation Tips For Novigrad

The town of Novigrad also boasts of the basilica, standing since the 13th century of Saint Pelagus. Another structure from the medieval period is the three-nave church of Saint Agatha which can be dated way back to the beginning of the 11th century. The tourists are treated to a great period of fun and frolic at the beaches as well as a cultural tour at these churches. The place has its own traditional festivals too especially in August which is a great time for tourists. The Jazz festival as part of the Heinken Music Nights and the Saint Pelagus folk feast that usually continues for 3 days are two events that bring in lot of visitors.

Accommodation for tourists is cheaply available in good hotels. Apartments in Croatia or rentals in Croatia are within the common man’s reach, making the place, a more popular tourist destination. The Villa Paolija, for example, costs anywhere between 45 – 80 Euros and is a family house with all amenities for a comfortable living. This includes central heating and air conditions, wireless router for internet and TV satellite connection and most importantly, a fully equipped kitchen. The villa is located 2 km from the city’s beaches in a private and peaceful area and 4 km sandy stretches can be visited in a car.

Hotel Nautica is a hotel that offers comfortable stay with all modern luxuries. The guests have access to a sauna, wellness center and spa, a Turkish steam bath, Jacuzzi and an indoor swimming pool making the hotel a complete pleasure to stay in. These hotels provide all the business services too including access to a business center with banquet facilities, ironing and internet services, perfect for a business trip. Other major hotels include the Old Stone Guest House, which is relatively inexpensive at 45 euros and the Hotel Laguna which is 1 km away from Nautica. All in all, one can get a pleasurable stay at any of the hotels in any part of the year.