While creating your own plans for travel can be an exciting adventure, traveling as part of your job can oftentimes seem much more like work than place. And although you are only taking said trip for professional reasons, there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy yourself a little while you’re in a new city or country. So to help you get your tasks done while also scratching your itch to travel and experience new things, here are three ways you can start to make your business travel a little more enjoyable in the future.
Research The Area You’ll Be Staying In
Before you take off from home, Jeanette Settembre, a contributor to MarketWatch.com, recommends that you spend some time researching the area you’ll be staying in. If you’re going somewhere for a conference and are staying in a hotel nearby, look at a city map for that area and see what’s close that might be interesting to you. By doing this, you’ll at least have an idea of some fun things you can check out there are going to be close, thereby giving you the chance to squeeze something interesting in even if you have a pretty tight schedule. If you don’t do this before you leave, you could spend most of your downtime just looking for a place to go or thing to do rather than getting out there and doing it.
Don’t Overschedule Your Time
On business trips, you might not have as much control over your schedule as you might like. Once you make it to your destination, you could be looking at wall-to-wall meetings or events. But to save some of your sanity, Denny Watkins, a contributor to Men’s Health, suggests that you try to add at least one day in front of and behind the days of your trip where you’re actually doing business. To help make your case for this additional expense and time spent away from home, share that you’ll be better able to prepare for the work you’re going to do there and get back to the office ready to put your nose to the grindstone if you’re not too overscheduled during the trip. If you’re able to do this, you’ll now have more time to get to know the city you’re visiting and enjoy yourself, too.
Try A Class At A Local Gym
If you’re traveling by yourself and are feeling a little like a lone wolf, Kindra Hall, a contributor to Inc.com, suggests that you try taking a class at a local gym. This will allow you to work off some steam that’s likely built up over your travels as well as giving you the chance to get to know some of the locals in the area to either pick their brain about places to go or things to do. You might even make a fast friend who’d like to join you for dinner or drinks later.
If you travel a lot for work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you have a more enjoyable trip next time.