There are a lot of reasons to dread an upcoming business trip. The long lines at the airport, the unfamiliar environment, the time spent away from family and friends, having to stay in a hotel business center, and above all else work.
When done for leisure and pleasure, travelling can be a such a fun and exciting activity. You get to enjoy new things, meet new people, taste new cuisines, and simply relax and have fun. But when you add work to that equation, it suddenly becomes such a chore.
Maybe it’s because of the fact that you get to go to a foreign and unfamiliar place but don’t really get to indulge and take in its beauty. You can’t imagine doing fun activities since you’re too focused on doing business and attending meetings and seminars.
Well, what if we tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way? You can still have fun when you go on a business trip, and we’ll give you tips on how to turn a boring business event into a memorable experience!
Devise a Travel Plan
The secret to every trip, whether it’s for work or for pleasure, is smart and careful planning. Don’t neglect the minor details and take care of everything from your flight details, ground transportation, hotel accommodation, down to the actual meetings, seminars, or workshops you have to attend.
If you can properly lay out when, where, and how long these events are going to take, you might find at least two to three hours of free time which you can then you use to explore the city and have fun.
Moreover, knowing where you have to be at any given time will lessen the stress of travel. Not having to rush from one place to another will surely give you some peace of mind and will make the trip more enjoyable.
Bring Your Own Entertainment
You’re going to spend a lot of time in commute during a business trip. A huge chunk of your time will be spent in airports, airplanes, buses, and cars, and this is time that you can use however you want, so make sure to have something that will keep you entertained.
You can read that novel you’ve always wanted but couldn’t because of time limitations and distractions or listen to your favorite podcasts on the way to a meeting. Even the simple act of listening to music or playing mobile games while you’re stuck in a seemingly endless flight can make the trip more fun.
Allow Yourself to Relax
Don’t be so fixated on doing work when you’re on a business trip. Yes, that’s what you’re there for, but that’s not the only thing you should do. Even if you’re battling crazy deadlines and schedules, make sure to find a way to relax without feeling guilty.
It can be through booking a massage, lounging poolside or enjoying an hour or two at the spa. You can also release all your pent-up stress through a relaxing bubble bath if you’re really pressed for time and not up for wandering in the city. Anything, really, as long as you are disconnected from your work.
Taking a bit of time to recharge does more good for your health and your work performance than you can imagine. After just an hour of two of relaxation, you’ll be refreshed and ready to get down to business again.
Extend Your Trip
If at all possible, try to add an extra day to your trip, especially when you’ve already flown halfway across the world. Ask your boss if you can spare at least one vacation day to enjoy the brand new sights and go on mini adventures. You may also want to convince your co-workers to accompany you, so you won’t have to do it all alone. Although, if you prefer being a lone traveler, then that’s fine, too.
When your boss approves, make full use of your day and take in as much of the city or place as you want. Go sightseeing, visit restaurants and try their cuisine, shop around, and interact with the locals. Even if you’re in a place you’ve never heard of or never really wanted to go to, you’d be surprised at what you might find especially when you really take the time to explore.
Business trips don’t always have to be depressing and stressful. Whether or not you’re staying at a hotel business center or a two-star hotel, there are many ways to make your trip fun, enjoyable, and memorable.
All you have to do is plan everything from start to finish and make sure you know where you should be all the time so you don’t find yourself rushing from place to place. It also helps to bring your own entertainment like your favorite books, an mp3, or a handheld gaming system.
The most important of all, however, is to relax! Do your work but also set aside time when you can pamper yourself. If you want to extend your trip, then simply ask your superior if it’s possible – surely, it won’t hurt.
If you follow these tips, you’re bound to see and experience amazing things and make wonderful and unforgettable memories!