I work as a consultant through my own limited company for a large international organisation at an agreed day rate for 7.5 hours working time per day. (External Consultant)
Recently I've been asked to do more travelling as part of my role meeting clients in different countries by a project manager. A recent business trip organised to a client meeting requires a round trip in a day that takes 16 hours from boarding to arrival (not including my normal commute).
Is it acceptable for me to bill this as the equivalent of 2 days work?
I've asked about the normal procedure for this and they are not keen on allowing me to bill for the total hours and requested a "reasonable" amount billed however this is very vague. In my opinion my time away from home (apart from commuting to the head office) is work time.
There is also a possibility that this trip will become a weekly or fortnightly event.
I'm happy to travel every now and again but I also do not want to give my time up for free