If you have a job that allows you to travel, it may be your favourite part of your role, or the bane of your career.
Business travel doesn’t exactly give us the freedom of a trip taken for leisure, but savvy travellers can get a little more out of their excursions. Though work travel has been on the decline since the beginning of the pandemic, as our travel opportunities begin to open up again, there’s never been a better time to make the most of those business trips.
With that in mind, here are three tips on how to do just that.
1. Plan ahead
The more you can learn about your destination in advance, the better.
Do a little research before you leave, and explore hotspots you might want to visit, the opening times of attractions you’d like to see – even places you may want to eat, if that isn’t already planned for you.
Once your work itinerary is set, you can then begin to decide how you’ll spend any free time you may have and fit your sightseeing around your business activities. If you’re really tight for time, you can even find guided tours that will enable you to squeeze a few top tourist honeytraps into your busy schedule.
2. Get networking!
Meeting other people can be one of the best parts of travel.
But when it comes to business trips, many working travellers won’t go out of their way to get to know locals unless strictly necessary. It makes sense – you’re there for business after all.
But saying a few hellos can’t hurt, particularly if it’s a location you travel to frequently with your job. Something as simple as saying hello in the hotel bar can be the first step to finding a new friend in town. Or, if you’re not great at icebreaking, you can meet likeminded travellers through apps like BackPackr, which connects nomads across the globe.
3. Take breaks wherever you can
Business trips are generally non-stop.
But if you can find a short break where you don’t have to be glued to your work, it can be an opportunity to wind down with an activity you don’t find much time for at home, such as reading a book or enjoying a quick meditation.
If you travel frequently and are looking for ways to upskill, why not combine the two with a distance learning degree from the likes of ARU? This allows you to take your studies wherever you are in the world, and take advantage of quiet moments to squeeze in a little education.
This is ideal if you’re the sort of person who likes to feel productive at all times.
These are just three ways to make the most of business travel, wherever you are in the world.
Do you travel for work? How do you make the most of your adventures? Let us know in the comments below!