How to Make a Business Trip Feel Like a Vacation

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For those of us who love to travel, having the opportunity to jetset through work may feel like an absolute dream come true. The reality is, however, that while traveling on someone else’s dime may sound nice in theory, most work trips include much more business than pleasure. After all, we can’t exactly host conferences by the pool, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun. Read on for some tips on how to make your next business trip feel more like a vacation.

Balance Your Itinerary

As much as possible, try to schedule leisure activities within your free time. Keep work commitments limited to typical business hours, using evenings and weekends as an opportunity to relax and explore. Check out local attractions, go out to eat, and attend cultural events to experience the unique features of your destination. With this approach, you’ll be able to get more out of your trip and return home with both professional achievements and personal memories.

Consider Your Accommodations 

If you have the option to choose your own accommodations, opt for a place with a relaxing atmosphere. Look for hotels or Airbnb’s that come with amenities such as a pool, spa, or fitness center where you can unwind in your free time, and consider extending your stay for a day or two post-business to enjoy your destination without the constraints of work.

Connect With Local Culture

One of the best ways to make any trip feel like a vacation is to create a sense of connection with the local culture. Venture beyond the business district to parks and markets in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, and consider taking a guided walking tour if your schedule allows. Ask your host or hotel concierge for recommendations.