Whether you’re a seasoned business traveler or headed out on your first work trip, it’s always nice to take a break from the conference room and check out the local sights. Small towns and big cities all have their own interesting landmarks, restaurants, and views. Your schedule may seem packed, but there’s always a way to fit in a little local exploring. Our tips will help you avoid boring business trip habits and make the most of your next conference or meeting.
Instead of: Choosing the hotel closest to your meetings
Try this: Find a hotel near the sights and catch a local game or concert
At the end of a long day, you’re not going to want to go all the way across town to check out a fun restaurant or walk through an interesting neighborhood. And trust me, every hotel airport feels exactly the same. Do a little homework before you book, and stay somewhere where you can walk to some of the city’s best attractions, like a baseball game or a local music venue. It may take you a bit longer to get to your meetings in the morning, but you’ll be more likely to get out and about if you’re close to the action.
Instead of: Hitting the gym
Try this: Go for a run or a bike ride
If you like to get in a daily workout, don’t waste that hour on a treadmill. There’s no better way to see a city than on foot. Ask your hotel concierge where he or she recommends going for a jog. They’re used to this question and can give you some fun tips for the best views and where the locals like to run (not to mention what areas to avoid).
Not much of a runner? Maybe you’d enjoy sightseeing on two wheels. Look to see if the city has a bike share program and go for a relaxing ride to unwind from your long day.
Instead of: Working from the hotel
Try this: Find a local coffee shop
Ditch the room service and hotel Wi-Fi. If you need to prep for the morning meeting, go to a local coffee shop. The internet will be just as fast and the coffee will be way better. Pro tip: Most coffee shops have a community message board with interesting events and productions going on in the area, including anything from musicals to yoga classes.
Instead of: Flying home once work is finished
Try this: Add on a day before or after your trip to see the sights
If your business schedule is packed, add on a day or two before or after your meetings, hopefully including a weekend. It may seem like a big expense, especially if your business doesn’t cover the extra nights, but think of it as free vacation transportation. It may not be a city you would have chosen to visit on your own, but go to a museum and look up the city’s best venues. It’s never been easier to catch a great show and meet some locals.
Even the busiest travelers can find ways to add some exploration and fun into their work trips. Whether it’s enjoying dinner at a local restaurant, catching a show at an indie music venue, or adding on an extra day to visit some museums, there’s always a way for business travelers to enjoy a new place. Of course, work takes priority in these situations, but a bit of planning and creativity can help make any trip an adventure.
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