Got a business trip coming up soon?
Traveling for work can be a great way to experience a destination without having to shell out for flights or accommodation – as long as you’re careful and don’t overdo it during your free time. Finding that right balance can be tough, but it’s not impossible.
To help you make the most of your time out of office but on the company dime, consider these nine nifty business travel tips that’ll help you enjoy your next trip for work.
Stay in Style
Deciding where you stay or how much you’re allowed to spend on your accommodation might be beyond your control when traveling for work. But to whatever extent you are able, try to make the most of where you lay your head. A boutique hotel’s rooftop bar might be an ideal place to unwind at the end of a busy day while providing a scenic setting for meeting fellow travelers. Similarly, a hotel with a luxurious spa can give you easy access to all that “me time” you can crave.
Does going away for your job disrupt your usual fitness regime? There are ways to minimize the less salubrious aspects of life on the road. If you want to make sure you can maintain your healthy habits, consider staying at a hotel that has awesome workout facilities or a pool you can swim laps in. Or, look into booking a room in a hotel located near a safe and interesting area to go for morning runs.
Stay Where the Action Is
If you do anticipate having some free time during your trip, it might be wise to stay in a part of town with active nightlife, popular museums, attractions, or any other sorts of things you enjoy checking out when you travel. Before you book your airline tickets, do some research to see if there’s going to be any big event that might be of interest to you, such as a concert, festival, or sporting event, or whatever else might make the trip more meaningful for you.
Stay Close to the Best Places to Eat
Heading out with a foodie agenda can turn an otherwise mundane business trip into a tasty adventure. Assuming you might need to wine and dine colleagues or clients, staying near dining hot spots or at a hotel with a renown restaurant could help you score points with important business contacts. Scoping out where the best cafes are is also smart for a quality start to your days away. If you can’t find the time to figure where’s good for food and drink, a competent concierge should be able to point you in the right direction.
Stay Ahead of the Rat Race
A trip with work colleagues and co-workers can bring with it an opportunity to bond outside the workplace. Is one of your business trip companions into a particular type of food, or architecture, or art? Do they like walking tours or boat rides? Maybe you can plan out some down time together doing something you know they’ll like. It’s a great way to learn more about the people you work with and let them know you’re a team player.
Stay Friendly & Meet New People
Flying solo to an as yet unknown city? Hit the town (and the dating apps) for the chance to mix it up with like-minded locals. The chance to hangout with a kind stranger more familiar with the local terrain is a wonderful way to pass the time. And who knows? You might end up locking eyes with your soul mate or at least making a new friend.
Stay Connected With Old Friends
Is your job sending you back to where you used to live or to a destination near to where a friend or family member lives? As easy as it is to keep in touch online and through social media with practically everyone in the world, there’s no beating actual face time with someone you haven’t spoken to or seen in a while. You can pretty
Stay Outside the Box
If the boss is making your shove off by yourself, take it as a chance to broaden your horizons, try something different, and follow your heart in a new direction. Maybe that means staying at unique Airbnb listing, like an RV on the street in the hip part of town, or checking in at a hotel that’s famous for being haunted. The best part is that if it doesn’t work out, you won’t have to hear about from the folks back home.
Stay a Little Longer
If you can decide which days to travel and you’re interested in exploring the place where you need to go, see if you can turn your days away into a long weekend or ask about taking days off for a mini vacation.
Do you have any other tips for making the most of your free time when traveling for business? Please feel free to share in the comments section of this post.