With so many of us now heading off on business trips as part of our working life, it makes sense to take a look at ways that you can make it a whole lot more pleasant for you. You can even make it more like a holiday, all without worrying about upsetting your boss or breaching the rules of your travel policy.
So, what can you do to make your business trip into a holiday? Here are some of the top things to keep in mind.
Research the key things to see and how to get there
Time is short on a business trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see anything whilst you are there. What it does mean however, is that you are going to need to take some to research into the top things to see, taking into account their opening times and also how best to get there too. When you know this information, it should make getting there that little bit easier.
Never book an airport hotel
Making things easy is always an aim for any business trip, but sometimes in your quest to make things easy you are going to miss out. Booking an airport hotel means that you are going to be able to settle down earlier and that you will be more comfortable, however, this may mean that you miss out at least catching a glimpse of some of the best sights of your destination. Try and book a hotel that is close to the tourist parts, as this means that you will be in the prize location for squeezing in some sightseeing.
Find out if you can stay on in your room (at your expense)
When you stay at a hotel on a business trip, chances are that you will be getting a corporate rate on your room. One that your company pays for. If they agree for you to stay on for a few days as holiday, then it might be worthwhile asking the hotel if it possible that you can stay on in your room for a few days. Not only will this make sure that you are going to be more comfortable that transferring hotels, but, if you are lucky, they may also honor the corporate rate and give you a bit of a discount.
Squeeze in sightseeing between meetings
There is a good chance that the majority of your time will be spent working and attending meetings, however, there should be some time that you can use to escape. Rather than seeing if you can squeeze in a couple more emails and a conference call between meetings, if you can, get out in the fresh air. You might not be able to see too many sights, but there is still a chance that you will see something of the city or area that you are staying in.
Go for a walk or run rather than the gym
When you stay in a hotel, chances are that you will see plenty of people working out in the gym. Whilst it is great to stay fit and healthy whilst you are on a trip, this doesn’t mean that you have to confine yourself to the gym alone. In fact, your workout time is actually the ideal time to get outside. You may run, you may walk, but the truth is that you will at least be out and about.