Whether travel is part of your daily work routine, or perhaps only an annual occasion, it can be challenging to make the most of your stay AND get all your work in. Today on GoAbroad, we feature a guest post from Issac Bullen, where he shares four tips to make the most of your next business trip.
Business travel can be a great way to see new places at the courtesy of your employer. Unfortunately, most people get bogged down by the business portion of the trip. Just because you’re on a business trip doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun!
As long as you plan ahead and complete your business objectives there is no reason you couldn’t explore the area. Using your time wisely allows you to see beautiful countries within a limited time frame. Never feel guilty about taking some free time to enjoy the trip and live.
If you keep a few tips in mind when travelling for business, then you’re bound to have a good time. The following information will help you make the most out of business travel.
Research the Location Before You Leave
Since you only have a limited amount of free time on your trip, it’s best to research the area beforehand. Check out what the city has to offer. Read reviews and city guides to learn more about the area, publications such as the Lonely Planet could be highly valuable here and never under estimate the importance of tips from the local people, mingle if you have time.
Always quiz friends and colleagues who have been there for suggestions. Make a list of things that you want to see and do while on your trip. Although you might not have time for everything, this research will give you some good ideas.
Whenever free time presents itself, use your list of ideas to explore the area.
Take Half the Stuff And Twice The Money
The old phrase applies here; you always end up with more clothes than you need and not enough cash by the end of your holiday. Whenever feasible, only travel with a carry-on bag, you can get on the plane with your bag, move quickly and have more time for exploration.
Extend the Length of Your Trip
If you can, consider extending the length of your trip. For example, stay through the weekend instead of returning home on a Friday. Why not? Especially if you don’t work weekends anyway!
Lindsey Ueberroth, who is the Executive Vice President of Preferred Hotel Group, also recommends arriving a day early for business trips. This advice is especially good for those who are travelling internationally. Besides easing jet lag, an extra day also gives you some time to familiarise yourself with the new location.
In addition to this I always book morning flights and try to schedule my departure for later in the evening, I LOVE Hip Munk for helping me with this.
Spend Time Exploring
Instead of taking a nap between meetings, use that time exploring the city or arrange an adventure after the meeting. It’s so easy to spend all of your time in the hotel room; especially if your jet lagged. However, your trip will be so much more rewarding if you’re willing to be adventurous. You may be surprised at what you find on the other side of the hotel door!
Get out and see what the place has to offer. This is the perfect time to pursue leisure activities or reignite the explorer in you.
Do you travel for work? What other tips would you share to make the most of a business trip? Tell us in the comments!