When you are taking a business trip away from your office, it tends to be a bit stressful as there is a lot of things that you need to keep in mind so you don’t forget them. There are also the burdens of jetlag and homesickness that will follow your around. However, when you travel for business, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying it, and not everything has to be about work. There are various things that you can do in order to combine business with pleasure, as well as various gadgets that you can bring along in order to make things easier for yourself. In this article we will discuss a few ways that you can make your business trip enjoyable.
Plan to stay the weekend
If you are travelling further from home, like taking a trip overseas, the best idea is to book for the weekend and spend time exploring your destination. A lot of business travellers don’t take the time to actually enjoy the sights that the local area has to offer. When you spend some time getting to know the place you’ve come to can lead to more productive meetings, as you will be able to show better understanding of the people you are meeting with and their surroundings. You should know that you can also save your company some money by staying the weekend, as a lot of airlines have a cheaper pricing for flights if you, as a business traveller, decide to stay on Saturday nights.
Pack yourself for training
When embarking on your business trip, pack your exercise kit with you. Doing some exercise is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day. You can take an early morning run and get yourself acquainted with the city, or take a swim in a hotel pool, and just relax. While away from your regular daily routine, it is also much simpler for you to find time to exercise. As a businessman in a foreign place, you’ll have enough spare time on your hands, so why not use it in a healthy way?
Complete your tasks before the trip
Being away from your office with a lot of important tasks hanging over your head is bound to impact your trip and make it a much less enjoyable experience. Therefore, it is the best idea that you finish up what is the most important and could keep your mind away from your trip before getting on a plane. This will help you feel less guilty about the work you have left while you’re not in the office, and leave you with less to catch up once you come back.
Don’t squeeze your business trip into one day
While you may be tempted to finish up your business in one day and go home, taking into account travelling to the airport and going through the necessary routine before getting on the plane, taking the flight and then repeating all that after a busy day, you will end up with an exhausting experience. It is the best that you to travel the night before, so that when you arrive, you have a lot of spare time to prepare yourself for the upcoming day and get enough rest. This will allow you to better use your time, with enough energy for both your meeting and other activities that you can take up while there.
Bring a portable battery pack
You don’t want your laptop, tablet or phone’s batteries to drain, so bringing an external battery charger pack and keeping it with you is a good idea. They come in different sizes, from ones that are as big as a lipstick, to those whose size is proportional to a book. The ones that are more expensive have a greater capacity, and can charge your device fast enough so you don’t have to worry about it. Just make sure that you check your device’s mAh (milliampere per hour).
Document your experience
While on your trip, there is a lot of places that you can visit in order to get acquainted with the local culture, customs and important sights. While doing so, you will want to document your experiences, so it is a good idea that you bring a camera along with you. Visit a camera shop and get yourself a decent camera before the trip, so that you can take some neat pictures of the foreign place that you are visiting. This way you’ll have more to take home than just your experiences from a successful business venture.
Enjoy some time away from emails and calls
While a number of airlines is now less strict on their rules regarding using electronic devices on flights, and have planes equipped with Wi-Fi, it might actually be a relief for you that most flights don’t have mobile reception. This is a great time for you to relax from emails and calls and unwind. It is a legitimate excuse for you to not be available, so you should use this time to enjoy some peace and quiet.
You should make the most of your business trip and not make it all about work, as it is a good opportunity for you to get acquainted with new locations. In order for you to not get overwhelmed by the work you have to do there, you should take the time to enjoy yourself, do some exercise or read a book. Bring a camera to document your experience in this foreign place, and have more to take home with you.