Modern technology and the pandemic has made the modern business trip a no-go for most of the year. But there is nothing like a face-to-face meeting and the pandemic will run its course. The return of the business trip is only a matter of time.
For example, if you are a fractional CMO, then it is a good idea to see the conditions on the ground when it comes to marketing a product. This can take you all over the world on the company dime. It would be a pity not to maximize it. Here are some tips to make your future business trips a lot more fun.
Book the Right Hotel
A good way to ensure that your trip is going to be as pleasant as possible is to reserve a room at a good hotel. You don’t have to reserve a five-star hotel to have a good experience but there are some aspects that you shouldn’t skimp on. One is that they have a good location. If possible, book a hotel near your client’s offices so that it would be an easy time to go to them. This makes meetings quick and easy to do leaving you to do other things.
You should also look for hotels that have some luxury features like spas and maybe a hot tub. This provides you with a convenient place to relax after your business meetings.
Taste The Local Cuisine
While it is nice to eat the familiar and your hotel likely has a good menu, you will want to experience the local dishes on your own. There is no better way to understand another culture than through its food. To do this, you should try out one of the local restaurants. Thanks to the internet and smartphone apps, you should be able to find a great restaurant in no time. Even a simple Google search will often reveal a good set of places where you can get some local flavor. Be adventurous and try some local delicacies, too.
Set Aside Some Time
Don’t let your entire business trip be consumed by work. As the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. After a grueling day of work, you should have some fun. Go out and experience the nightlife. You can also add a couple of days of relaxation to your trip. Instead of leaving immediately, enjoy your destination for a day or two. This is especially tempting if you’re in one of the grand cities of the world like Paris or New York. But even smaller cities have their allure. Look up the sights and check them out.
Socialize With Others
If you have others with you on your business trip, you should take the time to talk and socialize with them. It can go a long way to making the trip easier on both of you. You should also try and be friendlier with the people you meet during your trip. One of the advantages of traveling is meeting new people and being friendly in your interactions with them can be a good way to smooth things over on your visit.
Get Some Exercise In
If there is anything that gets people in a good mood, it is exercise. The natural endorphins it releases can make everything better. Don’t limit yourself to the hotel gym either. Do some research and look for parks where you can do your workout. Go on a simple run every day to get your blood pumping and so that you can see some of the locals as they go about their day.
While business trips can be full of work, they also provide you with a lot of opportunities. After the pandemic, a trip to various parts of the world can be a real treat. With the advice above, you can maximize your enjoyment without cutting into your effectiveness.