Do you travel for work often? Is it your desire to do so or are circumstances forcing you to? Well, if you have already mastered the tricks and are enjoying every bit of it, kudos. If you are the type that travels for work because you have to, then its time you changed the perspective. Why? Because you can have fun even if you are travelling for work.
While it’s important to prioritize on the main agenda of your trip, even work without play makes Jack a dull boy. Of course, you will not be working 24/7. Then why not spend your free time like a real tourist? There are so many things you can do after those serious meetings other than staying in your hotel room dreading for the day you will take your flight back home.
Business travel doesn’t necessarily have to be this boring moment you can’t even look forward to. If you only be more open-minded, creative and plan your trip appropriately, you can reduce the agony associated with business travels and make your trip one of the most unforgettable one. If you are wondering how to go about it, here are awesome practical tips you can incorporate during your next business trip to make it more fun and memorable. Its time you transformed your typical business trips to incredible mini-vacation experiences.
1. Include the weekend
If you don’t work during the weekend like most business people, then make sure you put it into good use during your business trips. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to work the whole week and only rush to catch your flight on Friday afternoon because you are done with work-related issues. Not unless you have an emergency to deal with back at home, you don’t have a reason to rush back home when you have a golden opportunity to enjoy a real vacation now.
Your company may not cater for the extra days but this shouldn’t worry you. Staying for the weekend can make an incredible low-cost vacation. This could be a great opportunity for you to explore a gorgeous destination you couldn’t have considered travelling to if you weren’t travelling for work. If the hotel room you were staying at is beyond your budget, then move out and get a more economical hotel. By now you know your way around and it won’t be difficult to get affordable accommodation. This is also a good time for you to indulge in local delicacies. Forget about those high-end restaurants frequented by tourists and get to know what is offered in the restaurants frequented by locals. If you hadn’t gone for any sightseeing, then this is a good time to do so. This should be the time to engage yourself in any interesting activities you weren’t able to do during the week.
2. Pay to access the lounge
When it comes to your comfort, you do not have to be too stingy. Spending some extra cash to access the lounge is not being extravagant. It is a way of making yourself comfortable whenever you are at the airport. Besides, the snacks, meals and drinks you grab at the airport costs you some money, right? Then if you are a frequent flier, the cost can go very high. Be smart and pay a reasonable annual fee and get unlimited access to the airport lounge. This way, you will be getting your meals and drinks inside the lounge as you enjoy the comfort you wouldn’t have enjoyed if you were in the general waiting area. This is an amazing tip for business travellers who wants to enjoy their trips.
3. Utilize your travel location
Although when travelling for business you don’t get a chance to choose your travel destination, you can still make the most out of it. You simply need to make a conscious effort to enjoy the place you have travelled to for work. Agree with your inner self that you are going to see the positive side of the trip and forget about the negative bit of it. Otherwise, if you just go there, meet your business prospects and go back to your hotel room, your trip’s social bit will be a waste.
To make sure you enjoy the destination you have travelled to, do some research and find out some of the best tourists’ attraction sites to visit. If you are not sure with the directions, then consult a tour firm to direct you even if it’s for a small fee. If you have made friends with the locals, then you can consult them only if you are sure your safety won’t be compromised. A chat with a local will help you to find out many things about that locality right from the best mode of transport while visiting various places, best restaurants to enjoy different cuisines and any other must-do things in that place. You will be surprised that the place you thought was boring is actually very attractive. You may even find yourself planning to visit the same destination now with your friends or loved ones. This is actually how people discover beautiful hideouts to go for a vacation.
4. Be flexible
Do not be too rigid with yourself because you have travelled for work. For the few hours you will not be working, consider engaging in the activities you do when vacationing. In the evenings, why not go for dinner in a local restaurant and enjoy the local cuisine as you interact with the locals? If you love the nightlife, then it wouldn’t harm to go out in the night and have fun. Just don’t go there to drink yourself silly knowing too well tomorrow you have a meeting to attend. Nursing a hangover when you have travelled all the way for work will not portray you like a serious business person. Everything has limits, you will enjoy the alcohol back at home or during the weekend.
5. Visit friends and family
It can be very fulfilling to know you have relatives or friends to the destination you are travelling to. This can give you some peace of mind knowing you will meet your folks during your free time. Therefore, do not be too busy to an extent you cannot create time to visit them. Join them for dinner or invite them to join you as you go sightseeing. This can turn out to be lots of fun.
6. Go to an event
During your trip, always check out for any show or event being held near you and purpose to attend. By the way, some of these events are free. Besides, even if you are going to pay, the tickets won’t empty your bank accounts. Plus, it can’t be compared to travelling all the way to attend the event. The key point here is to make the best out of your business trip. If there is anything you can do to make your trip less stressful and more fun, please do it. You deserve to be happy no matter how tough the situation is.