4 Ways to Liven Up Your Next Business Trip
Business trips can be exhausting, tedious, and frustrating. You have to cram your clothes alongside your presentation equipment, travel until you feel sick with jet lag, and talk with clients and coworkers non-stop for hours on end.
However, your next trip doesn’t have to go that way.
With some careful maneuvering, scheduling, and planning, you can turn your next business trip into a pleasurable one. The following tips can get you started.
1. Ask for a Few Extra Days
When you travel for business, you travel on company time. Understandably, your boss or manager may want you to make the most of that time by fitting in as many meetings and conferences as possible.
However, when you overschedule, you weaken your immune system and put yourself at risk for a variety of illnesses. In fact, researchers have found that jet lag and its symptoms negatively affect mood, concentration, and judgment.
While your boss may need a little persuasion, do your best to convince him or her to extend the trip by a few days. Use the extra time to adjust and recover. And don’t forget to divide your projects throughout the week (or weeks) so you feel more comfortable with the workload and have more time to yourself.
2. Download Touring Apps
Even with the extra time from your boss, you might not have a lot of spare moments to go sightseeing and visit every popular attraction. But that doesn’t have to stop you from having a quick tour and exploring your surroundings.
Rather than booking a lengthy tour with a professional, download a few travel apps to your phone and let them guide you around the city. Apps like Detour, Field Trip, and Stray Boots direct you to the best parts in the city while putting you in control of the length and time of your trip.
3. Connect With a Local Friend
Business trips give you ample opportunities to connect with clients, partners, coworkers, and agents. These connections and relationships can give your company the chance to grow and expand into new markets.
But remember that you don’t have to stick to the same tired faces throughout the length of your trip. If you have friends in the area, give them a shout out and set aside a few minutes for coffee or brunch. You can catch up on old times and let everyone know how you’ve been doing for the past few weeks, months, or years.
Don’t know anyone nearby? Set up a Skype call or try video messaging with your family. Seeing their smiling faces can give you the boost you need to make it through your trip.
4. Try the Local Cuisine
Room service offers a lot of convenience, especially when you have to work odd hours and late nights. But even the busiest traveler needs to take time to eat, so why not branch out a little and explore the local cuisine?
Do a little research beforehand to find the highest-recommended cafes and diners. If you don’t have a lot of time to look up a restaurant, download apps such as Yelp!, Foursquare, Eat24, or Urbanspoon. These apps can sort local restaurants by customer rating, distance, price, and more to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your next meal.
Make the Most of Your Next Trip
These tips can help you make the most of your next business trip and inject a little fun into your otherwise boring event. With a little creativity, you can find even more ways to liven up your busy schedule and see each moment as a chance to try something new.
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