Planning a business trip is a taxing process. From figuring out your meeting itinerary to purchasing professional travel insurance, much goes into the planning. You will likely find yourself highly exhausted as you complete the process of bringing your business trip plans to life. You shouldn’t, however, allow your tiredness post-planning to leave you missing out on the opportunity to transform your business trip from a boring but necessary excursion into an exciting adventure. Instead, take advantage of the opportunity that your business trip presents to see a new place.
Carefully Select Your Hotel
The quality of the hotel room in which you spend your business-trip nights will play a major part in determining the overall enjoyment of your trip. If you have any control over your room, select one that has a few extra bells and whistles, such as a Jacuzzi tub or a pool table. With these little luxuries in your suite, you can transform your bland in-room time into periods of profound relaxation and comfort.
Take a Buddy
Visiting a city alone is bound to be boring. If you have the opportunity, take your significant other or friend with you on your business trip. This individual can entertain herself in your room while you complete your mandated meetings but then when time comes to tour, she can join you in taking in the beauties of the city.
Grab Some Travel Books
Before you head off on your business trip, spend a little time learning about the city that you will visit and, in doing so, allow yourself to plan any between-meeting touring in which you may be able to engage in an informed fashion. Stop by your local travel agency or book store and pick up some travel books. Read them while in transit to the city in question – assuming, of course, that you aren’t driving yourself – so you arrive prepared to hit the city.
Check out the Shopping
Something as simple as a trip down a lane of location-specific shops can transform a boring business trip into an exciting excursion that’ll let you return home with some wonderful shopping trip finds. Locate a few shops that you don’t have at home and stop at them while on your business trip. Buy some stuff for your friends and family as well as yourself, looking specifically for items that reflect the distinctive culture of the location to which your business travels have brought you.
Add a Day
If you aren’t rushing back for anything in particular, make your business trip decidedly more leisurely by adding a day to your period of time away from home. Book your plane flight one day later than you normally would have, and spend the extra day seeing the sights that the hectic nature of your work-related trip may have left you too busy to fully appreciate. Though you may end up footing the bill for the hotel room in this last night of your trip, as you will no longer be on official company business, so you can save the travel costs you would have to incur if you planned a return visit to the city in question.
If you loathe business trips, turning your business-on-the-road experience into an opportunity to explore could help you change your opinion of this type of travel. When you next venture off on business-related travel, take full advantage of every chance you have to make your business trip a fun one.