A UK study found that British business travelers really know how to make the most of their trips; more than half incorporate a lot of fun and leisure time into their time away.
Considering that American workers are considered the most overworked in the world, it seems there’s a lot that we can from our friends across the pond.
Wouldn’t it be great to come back from a business trip feeling refreshed and like you actually got to enjoy yourself, in addition to getting work done? It is possible. Read on for business travel tips to help you make your next trip productive and fun.
Having everything packed and ready for travel ahead of time will guarantee a much smoother trip overall. Any materials that you need for work should be kept together, and make sure your ID, passport (if needed), and any other documentation is stored where you can easily access it.
Pack everything you need a couple of days ahead of time. Be sure to include comfortable walking shoes, workout clothing, and casual clothing to wear when not in meetings.
Stay an Extra Day or Two to Take in the Sights
One of the best ways to turn a business trip into a mini vacation is to stay behind in the location for an extra day or two to play tourist. This depends on whether you’re needed back in the office right away or if you can use vacation time, but it will help you feel like your trip was some play and not all work.
Working in an office five days a week may slowly destroy your health. Taking a few extra days to yourself will refresh your mind and help you de-stress after the long hours you devoted to business. Then when you return to the office, you’ll feel more recharged for your regular workload.
Just remember that any extra nights in the hotel and meals consumed during the time will be on your personal tab, not your employer’s. You may be able to enjoy the same company room rate for your vacation time; check with the hotel. You may wish to transfer to another hotel in a different neighborhood to see more of the area.
You may want to schedule a day trip to a local attraction once the working portion of your trip is through. Click here for day trips from Rome to Pompeii to give you some ideas for the fun you can have during a business trip.
Squeeze in Exercise
Even if you only have time to take a dip in the hotel pool or jump on the treadmill for a half hour, working out during a business trip will help keep your energy high, reduce stress, and decrease jet lag.
If possible, try to mix it up and go for a walk or run outside if your hotel’s neighborhood is suitable for it. You may just discover an interesting cafe, shop, or attraction to check out when you have more time.
Invite Family Members or Friends To Join You
The same UK study discovered that more than half of those surveyed invited family members or friends to join them on a business trip. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can blow off important business duties, conferences, and social events. But it does mean you’ll have company during free time.
As already mentioned, you may decide to stay a few more days once business duties are done to enjoy your business destination with someone special.
Enjoy Social Time With Your Coworkers
No doubt you’ll be invited to join your colleagues for meals and socializing when the “working day” is through. You definitely don’t want to skip too many of these opportunities. In addition to showing you’re a committed employee, these gatherings give you the chance to get to know the people you work with on a more personal level.
Seeing other people with their hair let down a bit can forge stronger working relationships once you’ve all returned to the office. So although it may seem like an inconvenience, try to attend an invite and get to know your coworkers.
Make Time For Yourself
This may have to be done discretely, but if there’s a way to leave early or sneak out for a leisurely lunch during a conference or business meeting, take advantage of it. Sometimes a really long and busy day can leave very little free time for yourself.
You may need to make up an excuse such as an upset stomach to head back to your hotel room for a nap or quiet time. Just be careful not to get caught or miss anything that your presence is truly required for.
Eat Healthy and Go Easy on Alcohol
It’s easy to get tempted by tasty meals and treats while traveling, but it’s also important not to completely fall off a balanced diet. Eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and alert.
Flying can be very dehydrating, so avoid alcohol while in the air and get plenty of water instead. Alcohol can also make jet lag feel worse.
Take advantage of traveling to try local cuisine, but also make sure you get enough fruits, vegetables, and fiber so you can feel your best.
Sign Up For Special Travel Rewards and Memberships
If you travel frequently, it’s worth making sure you’re earning points and qualify for certain rewards and memberships. The chance to join your favorite airline’s lounge, for example, can make business travel a much more enjoyable experience. You’ll receive perks that other travelers don’t have and you’ll feel like you’re being pampered in between flights.
Follow These Business Travel Tips For a Great Trip
Fortunately, a business trip doesn’t have to be grueling and no fun. There are ways of making the experience completely enjoyable and seeing it as a chance to explore a new city you’ve never been to before.
Here at At Your Business, we have plenty of business travel tips and advice to help you make the most of your travels. Read our latest travel and leisure posts for more ideas on enjoying your trips.