Like many other entrepreneurs and business-minded people out there, you probably have to travel for business…a lot. You probably have to set off at least a few times a month — maybe even a few times a week — in order to seal deals, source products or check up on the other branches of your business.
If this is the case, then answer this: can you honestly say that you get the most out of your trips? Can you say that each trip you go on changes you or enlightens your life — if only just a little bit? If not, then why not? If not, then why don’t you try to get the most out of every single business trip that you go on? For advice on how to do just that, keep reading.
Find accommodations near the point of access that you have arrived at
The first thing that you should seek to do in order to get the most out of your next business trip is to get yourself some accommodation that is as close as possible to the airport or train station that you arrive at. You should do so because traveling from this point of access to the accommodation is always an experience that is marred by fatigue and a desire to rest. And, when feeling like this it is hard to take in the sights of the new area that you are traveling through, and taking in these new sights is something you should be aiming to do if you want to make the most out of your trip and get a feel for the culture of the city that you are in — knowledge of which could be used to your advantage when meeting with professionals who are from the city.
So, make sure you find a location that is near a transit point (airport or train station) and save all the traveling you do around the city you are in for when you are rested and ready to do so. Do not fear when you are in a foreign country; airport accommodations have, in recent times, moved on from being just sleazy motels. As evidenced by the Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport South & Cruise Port in Florida you can now find airport accommodations that are not only suitable because of its close proximity to the airport, but because of how nice a place to stay it actually is.
Never head to restaurants or eat in your room alone
The time you set aside to eat (a time you must set aside, despite what your oh so busy schedule dictates) is a time not only for eating, but it is a time for socializing and networking. It is a time for you to sit down with any colleagues that you may have traveled with or new connections you may have made in the city. It is a time that could even be spent using video call technology to speak to people back home or indeed have a business meeting. Basically, just don’t dismiss this time as a time to completely forget about your task in being in the city, specifically the task of expanding your professional network. So, if there are any colleagues that you know of, even if you do not know them too well, that are at a loose end come dinner time, invite them to dine with yourself.
Business trips are about more than business. They are about enlightening your own life. They are about expanding your own professional network. Basically, they are about you!