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How You Can Transform Your Next Business Trip into an Adventure
In our increasingly interconnected global economy, more and more businesses are sending employees to cities near and far. For some professions, traveling is the norm and over time the frequent business trips start to feel more like a chore and less of like an adventure. Just because you’re on the clock doesn’t mean you cannot create a lasting experience on your upcoming trip. Whether you’re a stalwart employee with heaps of travel miles under your belt, or a just newbie traveling on business for the first time, here are some tips for making the most of your next business trip.
- Do Your Research
Before you ever set foot in a meeting room, you always come prepared. You know what you’re going to say and all the nuanced details about your presentation. When you’re traveling for business, why not put the same kind of research into the city or town that you are visiting? Every city has something unique to offer—an experience waiting to be discovered. If you spend the entire time in the confines of the office building and your hotel, you probably will never find out what’s truly great about the city you’re staying in. Even something as simple as a Google search can reveal all kinds of cool spots and fun activities you can do once the workday is over.
- Know Your Schedule
Once you’ve done a little research and have a good lay of the land, you can start tentatively making plans for ways to get out and explore while away on work. The word “tentative” is key here; Itineraries for business trips tend to change quite frequently, so it’s important not to make plans that are too concrete. Don’t buy tickets to see a movie or show that starts at a specific time. You never know when a business meeting might get pushed back. Instead, prepare a list of different bars, restaurants, theaters and other things to do in the area. Include their hours of business as well as a rough estimate about how long it takes to commute there from your hotel. Keeping a rough list of things to do allows you to stay flexible with your company’s schedule, allowing you to get a nice mixture of leisure along with your business.
- Try Something New
Part of having an adventure is experiencing something new. If you travel to a new city and you only eat the same kind of food you would back home, you won’t have as memorable experience than if you tried a local delicacy that you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t matter if you enjoyed that strange spicy dish you had in Tokyo, the point is that you tried something for the very first time. Who knows, you may even experience something that you really enjoy, or that completely changes your life. Don’t look pass activities that involve getting out of the city such as going to the beach, or hitting the trails. If your business requires you to frequently visit the same location, you can even set different things to do for each trip until you try them all.
- Invite Co-Workers
Nothing is better than experiencing something new with a friend, so why not bring along a work colleague to your out-of-town adventures? This could be a great chance to form a closer relationship with someone you work with, and it’s always great to have someone to talk about shared experiences later back at the office. Having someone to experience new things with can really enhance your next great adventure.
After you spend a couple of years traveling for work, you come to learn a few things, such as how to get speedily get through TSA screening, or the importance of keeping your home secured while you’re frequently away on business.
One of the most important things you can learn in your travels is to keep the sense of awe and discovery alive. By continually creating new experiences during your business trips, traveling for work will feel less like work and more like a new adventure.
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