5. Pack Your Running Shoes
The best way to see a city is by walking around it, and unless you walk for miles it’s unlikely you’ll get lost. It means you’ll have to pack shoes comfortable enough to walk in, because trying to do it in the shoes you wear to work will leave you in pain for days. Everyone should try to stay fit when they’re on a business trip, so take running shoes and you’ll be able to go for a jog instead. You’ll find it a hundred times more exciting than the hotel gyms you usually find yourself in, plus your knowledge of the city will improve as much as your fitness.
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4. Bring The Family With You
Who says you can’t bring your family with you on a business trip? It’s not like you’ll be able to take them with you everywhere, but if you’re going to an exciting place for longer than a few days they could join you. They’ll have to amuse themselves when you’re at work, but when you are finished for the day you’ll be more inclined to go outside and do something fun. It’s also a good way to keep yourself far away from the hotel bar if that is where you usually end up after a long day at the office.
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3. Catch Up With Old Friends
If you visit different cities all the time you won’t know anyone. It sometimes takes a while until you build up a relationship to the point where you can call someone a friend. That could easily happen if you frequent the same cities, but if you don’t keep in contact with them you’ll eventually lose touch. Reach out to anyone you know when you’re heading back to a place you’re familiar with. You can reach out even if you know them from somewhere else. They might invite you for dinner or take the time out of their day to do something else with you.
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2. Don’t Forget To Pack A Tablet
When you’re on your little adventure you’ll need to remember that work still needs to be done when you’re not sitting in meetings. If you also want to explore the city you’re staying in there is a solution. Why don’t you work in a park or coffee shop instead of the hotel you are in? If you take your tablet with you it means you’ll be able to explore and work at the same time. There is also the option of using a smartphone to get things done because they’re a lot bigger than they used to be. Maybe you’ll be more productive too, which will be a massive bonus.
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1. Try To Extend Your Trip
There will be certain places you visit where even a week won’t be long enough to explore everywhere, especially when you’re spending all day at work. If the city is one you desperately want to experience you could try to add a few days of vacation time onto your business trip. The first few days when you’re working will give you a good feel for the city, so when it’s finally time to let your hair down you’ll know exactly what to do and where to go. You’ll even have time to travel further outside the city if there are attractions you can’t miss out on.
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There is a reason why most people who travel on business trips always complain. The average person things they’re extremely lucky to have a job that affords them such benefits, yet hardly anyone makes the most of their opportunity. Therefore, try to ensure you genuinely enjoy your business trips, plus, it might mean you start enjoying work a lot more too.