You’ve always wanted to see the bright lights of New York City, and soon you’ll be right in the middle of the Big Apple. So why are you dreading a trip to a destination that’s always been on your bucket list? “It’s for work,” you say.
Well we have good news. These days a business trip doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Many businesses are adjusting their work travel policies to allow for more flexibility when traveling away from the office.
This isn’t just a perk. This is an opportunity for you to use business travel to experience the pleasures of a typical vacation. Of course that doesn’t mean you can blow off work. But it does mean you can be excited about making the most of your next work trip. Here are a few tips for finding the right balance and making business travel work for you.
Tack on a couple more days.
If possible, schedule your business meetings for a Monday or Friday. This will allow you to arrive early or extend your stay depending on the day of the meeting. Not only will you get a couple of free days in a great destination, you won’t have to take vacation time to enjoy it.
Find a conference in a new city.
Many people attend industry conferences throughout the year as a way to network and learn new skills. These conferences often are held in some of the best cities in the world. Find a conference that’s in a city you’ve never experienced. These trips are great ways to expand your horizons personally and professionally.
Get out of the hotel or venue.
Business trips can be exhausting, and you might be tempted to head back to the hotel after a long day. But if possible, use that extra time in the schedule to get away from your room. If you rent a car for work travel, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to also explore the city. This is a great way to blow off some steam, so you’re good to go for tomorrow’s round of meetings.
Seek out cultural events.
The hotel bar is nice, but if you want to really experience what a city has to offer, look for a nearby festival or community event. That doesn’t mean you’ll want to mix meetings with Mardi Gras, but catching the local farmers’ market or music festival can be a fun way to finish a trip.
Be sure to read your company handbook, and always adhere to company guidelines for work travel. Many of these extracurriculars will have to come out of your pocket, but in the end, you can save time and money by using business travel to feed your wanderlust. Advantage Rent A Car would love to help make your next business trip the most productive yet. Use our reservation tool to find the rental car you need!
Written by: Kody Pedersen