Boring business trips can actually turn into a bit of fun with some creativity on your part.
For newbies fresh from college, business trips may seem like a bona fide way to have fun on the job. But reality tends to set in rather early for most of the people on these business trips, who quickly realize that these things can get boring and tiresome.
But that doesn’t have to be true for you every time. You can maximize these opportunities and turn the tedium of a regular business trip into a refreshing vacation. It does depend on the particular circumstances, but if the stars align you can do your part to squeeze in some fun in these tiresome trips.
Ways to Turn a Work Trip into a Mini Vacation
Extend the Trip into the Weekend
This plan works when the business trip ends on a Friday, or even on a Thursday. Basically, you just get a Sunday flight that costs roughly the same as what the Friday flight would cost your company. Your bosses won’t really care when you leave the city you’re in when you’re expected to get back to work on Monday.
Of course, you’ll be paying for the extra hotel days. But then again, it’s your vacation. If you’re in a fun town like Miami or Chicago, you can see the sights and enjoy yourself for a few days before you get back.
Even if the business trip doesn’t end near a weekend, you can still try to make a case of extending your stay. It may be possible for you to work out of the company satellite office for a few days. After a full day at work, you have your evenings free playing tourist.
Do Some Research Before You Arrive
Who says you have to grab drinks only at the hotel bar? Who says you have to dine at a boring chain restaurant? Take into account your dining budget, and find some alternatives. You can start in the morning by enjoying a nice cup of coffee from a local café famous for its exotic coffees. Then you might walk on your way to the office if it’s nearby, so you can take in the sights. You can also consult with coworkers and find a terrific place for lunch. When evening falls, you can enjoy visiting a great restaurant and experiencing some of the local cuisines.
Nowadays it’s very easy to do some research. Of course, your coworkers who live in that city can also suggest some places you can visit on your time off.
Pick Your Own Hotel
You can suggest to the bosses that you pick the hotel that’s within their allotted budget, instead of the usual hotel that the employees use. This can then let you find a hotel that’s more to your liking, especially the ones with amenities you can enjoy.
In addition, you’re able to pick your local home base while on your business trip. You can pick the hotel that’s near to the restaurants, clubs, and other tourist spots you’d like to visit. The location of your hotel can help determine the places you can visit easily, so choose wisely. Take the mindset of a tourist when you’re booking your accommodations, if you’re planning to play tourist later on.
Bring a Friend with You
If you have a partner or a friend with you, the weekends can be a lot more fun. You won’t be the lone traveler and diner that people may sometimes wonder about. Now you can enjoy a nice dinner at a terrific restaurant without people acting surprised that you’re dining alone.
In addition, you can even split the bill with your partner so that you can get better accommodations. With a bigger budget, you can also enjoy the city a lot more.
Do you tell your bosses about bringing a buddy? That depends on the company culture. In some cases, the bosses don’t care as long as you’re working when you’re supposed to. Your buddy can just entertain themselves while you’re busy and then join you when you’re free.
In other cases, don’t tell if they don’t ask. As long as the job gets done and the company isn’t footing the bill for your buddy, you’re not hurting the company.
How long has it been since your last vacation? If it has been a while, you really should seize these opportunities. The point is that you don’t cheat your company by making them pay for your vacation time and by shirking your duties. Do the job, and enjoy yourself with your own time and money.
At the same time, you can argue that these mini-vacations are good for the company. They don’t have to spend or do anything special, and they get a worker with less stress and greater loyalty to the company. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!