Business travel is one of those time consuming business necessities that often leave you feeling tired and falling behind at the office. It doesn’t have to be a drudgery though if you know just how to get the most out of your travel time. Here are four easy tips to make business travel both enjoyable and productive.
Take advantage of the Amenities
When booking your hotel for business travel don’t simply look at the cost of the room, look at what each hotel offers as far as amenities go, as well as their location in proximity to local attractions. By choosing a hotel that has amenities that you may enjoy and using those said amenities you give yourself something to look forward to. Treat yourself to some room service or a drink by the pool since those are likely things that you cannot have at home.
Schedule in Some Sight Seeing
Just because you are in town on business, doesn’t mean that you cannot take an hour or two in order to enjoy the local surroundings and attractions. Not only does doing a little sightseeing give you a much needed break from work, it also provides you with information in regards to the area and town itself, which can actually give you a leg up when strategizing your presentations and sales pitches. It is always good to know your client well, and part of that is knowing about their habitat; plus your client might be impressed that you took the time to learn about the place they call home.
Take Advantage of Downtime
Instead of sitting and staring into space while waiting for flights or commuting long distances by bus, train, or taxi use this down time efficiently; clean out your emails, return phone calls, catch up on correspondence, all of the things that you constantly set aside for later when you are at home, but can’t seem to get to because of interruptions and daily schedules. This will make you feel less overwhelmed and more productive so that you can take time to relax and enjoy yourself.
Let your Credit Card or Reward Programs Entertain you
Before leaving on your business trip, check into your point balances and possible locations where those points can be used where you will be traveling to. This is a great way to get in some free entertainment that you might not have previously thought of doing. Or use your points to upgrade at hotels and for airline seating to make your trip a little bit more enjoyable. Simple things like a few inches more leg room can make a trip much more relaxing and enjoyable. This of course will depend on the type of credit card and rewards program that you have.
It is the little things in business travel that will make for having either a good or bad trip experience. That is why it is important to build in a little time for exploration, indulgence, and relaxation. Incorporating several little happy things into each of your business trips will make business travel much more enjoyable and worthwhile.