If you’re lucky enough to have a job that enables travel, firstly, congratulations! Many people dream of travelling the world but it can often be expensive and out of reach. A job that requires you to jet set makes travel much cheaper, and although you’re strictly there to work, there’s always time to play too, right? Just be prepared for the inevitable jetlag and tiredness, travelling may seem glamorous but it can also be quite stressful. If you plan your schedule right, you can avoid the downsides of travel as much as possible and enjoy being in a new country.
Here are some top tips for making the most of a new destination whilst travelling for business…
Book a Late Flight Home
Want to make the most of your trip? Book a late return flight so you can enjoy a full day of exploring before heading home. Find the best value flights by using a comparison service such as Kayak. Here you will be able to find the best times and the best prices. If your schedule allows, why not book an additional night to really soak up the area you’re heading to?
Enjoy a Morning Run
Get up and explore! The early bird catches the worm, and if you want to make the most of your limited time then a morning run is a great way to prepare yourself for the day ahead. You’ll feel more reinvigorated, and it’s also a great opportunity to explore your nearby surroundings too.
Research the Best Restaurants
If you’re only stopping by for a few days, a little bit of pre-trip research will go a long way. You don’t want to waste time trying to find a great restaurant, or end up somewhere average, so check out what everyone is saying online. Try to keep it local and avoid the chain restaurants.
Rent a Bike
For those with limited time, who want to cram in as much as possible on their work trip, renting a bike can be a great idea, especially if you’re exploring a new city. Avoid the traffic and whizz around on two wheels. It will give you more time to explore and you’ll be able to appreciate the views along the way.
Visit a Museum
Got an hour or two to spare in-between meetings? Museums are a great way to kill a couple of hours and immerse yourself in the local history and culture of the area you are visiting. You’ll often find museums open in the early evening so you can dash out of your last meeting and into a hub of culture. Admission is usually cheap or free, so it’s worth researching nearby museums and adding to your itinerary.
Head to a Class
Solo travel has its benefits, for example, you can do what you want and when you want to. Well, as long as it fits in with your work schedule! It can also have its downsides and feel a little isolating and lonely at times. Avoid feelings of loneliness and book yourself into a class to spend time with other people. You’ll meet locals and other travellers, and who knows, you may strike up a friendship. Whether it’s a morning yoga class or evening pottery session, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people on your travels.