When you frequently travel for work, there are times when you get numb by the whole experience that you just want to stay in your hotel room and wait for the flight back home. Here’s a couple of tips to turning your business trips into pleasure trips.
1. Don’t end up in a chain hotel. Find a local hotel or bed and breakfast. This will require some research, because you don’t want something that is too far away from your conferences and meetings). This way, you’ll get a more authentic view of the country.
2. Read up and do your research beforehand. Why read that Lonely Planet guidebook when you’ll barely see anything outside the conference room? But reading up on local history, or culture can provide helpful topics for conversations – and perhaps these might just pique your interest enough to get you pounding the pavement n search of something to see or something to eat.
3. Experience local culture. Even if there’s not much time to spare, there’s always a museum of local history or town’s point of interest to go to,
4. Start a conversation. It can be intimidating to approach locals. But try to learn a few local words from the guidebook and give it your best shot – your efforts will be appreciated and ultimately, rewarded.
5. Try the local cuisine. A quick and enjoyable way to learn about a country is to sample its food. Do eat at small, mom-and-pop, family restaurants. Developing a global, open mindset is important when traveling. It might be discomfiting at first, diving headlong into the culture of a different country, but the process of widening your experience and understanding new cultures through travel can be quite an eye-opening experience.
So the next time you are headed somewhere new to work, change your mindset and enjoy the experience instead.
all photos taken by Nikki Babie