The usual flight delays, cramped hotel rooms, and other travel drawbacks, may be worth the hassle if you were going for a vacation with your family or friends.
But what about business trips? Like it or not, though, you’re bound to have conferences or company meetings at some point. So before you pack your bags, here are a few tips on making that business trip a little tolerable and maybe fun.
1. Plan carefully
This is the secret to every successful trip, and is actually even more important to be prepared when you have the eyes of your boss on you. So double-check the flight schedule and hotel room availability. Be also sure you don’t miss your flight or show up 20 minutes late to your meeting.
Staying ahead of the game will help keep the trip running smoothly and turn out almost like a vacation trip.
2. Pack essentials
Don’t forget to bring a few essential items to help save your sanity while traveling on a business trip. A pair of earplugs and headphones can be lifesavers if you need to catch some sleep or have some quiet time on a flight.
Pack easy with essentials that can keep you occupied during a layover or a lunch break.
3. Have fun
Yes, we know this is not some beachside trip, but work trips don’t have to be totally work. So, find the local cool spots or restaurants and just have fun.
Convincing your co-travellers to partake in fun activities will provide some surprisingly good team bonding time.
4. Don’t forget the reason for the trip
Remember that a business trip isn’t a time to partake in drinking contest during lunch break.
People may never forget how you acted —and you don’t want to run the risk of your bad behaviour making it back to your office. A good rule of thumb is not to engage in activities that would put your employers in bad light.
5. Keep a positive attitude
Flight cancelled or delayed? Hotel room a mess? Try to calmly look for ways to solve the problem. Anticipate that there might be a few hiccups and not too pleasant moments during your trip, and resolve not to let them get to you.
Keeping a positive outlook on things will increase your chances of enjoying the trip.
So hey, that’s how to have an enjoyable business trip! Have fun!