Though the primary purpose of a business trip is to work, it doesn’t mean that you can’t turn it into a bleisure (business and leisure) trip! Traveling for business can be an incredible opportunity to see the world, and you must make the most of it. There can be a lot of down time when you’re away on business, and we encourage you to utilize this time to the best of your ability. After all, who says business trips can’t be fun?
From arriving a few days early to taking time to relax and more – here are some tips for making the most of your business trip:
Arrive a Few Days Early
One way to make the most of your bleisure travels is to arrive at your destination a few days early and work remotely. We especially recommend doing this if your destination is international so that you can get used to a new time zone and become familiar with your surroundings. Arriving early also allows you to fit in some sightseeing before having to attend conferences or meetings.
Explore Your Destination
More likely than not, you’ll have some free time while away on a business trip. So, why not go out and explore? Take advantage of your free time and see what your destination has to offer. Take a walk around the city, sample some local dishes, visit popular tourist attractions, and embrace the culture. To prepare and make the most of your free time, research your destination ahead of time and create a list of the top things you want to see and do while there.
Ask the Locals For Recommendations
If you’re away on business and have some free time, don’t hesitate to ask the locals for recommendations. More likely than not, they’ll have some great insight into the best spots around town. They can advise you where to eat, what attractions to see (and what attractions to skip), and they may even let you in on some places only locals know about.
Take Time to Relax
After a long day of meetings, it’s crucial that you take a few moments to relax. Traveling for business can be stressful sometimes, and you should carve out some time to destress. Consider partaking in an activity that helps you unwind, such as booking a spa treatment, getting in a quick workout, or even ordering some room service and watching one of your favorite movies.
Extend Your Trip
All of your meetings are done, and it’s time to head home, but you don’t want to leave quite yet. So, why not extend your trip? Book a stay at a hotel or find a vacation rental that fits your needs, and take some time to explore your destination further. If you want to stay but can’t take time off work, see if you can work remotely! This way, you can still work during the day and have time to enjoy some leisure activities in the afternoon or at night.
If you need a passport or business visa for your upcoming trip, Swift can help! You can get the application process started on our website. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact us. No matter where you plan on going, we’ll get you there!