Whether you are flying to Cleveland or Cairo, business travel is only as tedious, or exciting, as you make it. Travel + Leisure’s editors and writers know the experience of traveling for work very well—it’s their job! You can trust them with the best inventive insider tips to beat the business trip blues.
We get it: you go where your business sends you. Sometimes corporate travel means heading out to buzzing metropoli—Beijing, Frankfurt, Dubai, São Paulo, Las Vegas, Sydney, Singapore, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, London. Sometimes it means smaller, more regional destinations—Tulsa, Oklahoma; Albany, New York. Though the international cities may seem more exciting, that’s in part because you know them better, even if you’ve never visited. Discerning business travelers can find engaging activities and special experiences where ever work takes them.
Take clients to restaurants you’d go to on your own anyway—preferably ones that serve the local specialty. (But perhaps rethink your food stand-as-conference room plan.) Find short walking tours and or small museums you can squeeze in between meetings, such as a historian-led house tour. For destinations you have the greatest interest in, add an extra day (or several) at the beginning or end of your business trip: spend it on a day trip outside the city or a full-day at your favorite sight in town.
Smooth out the transit experience: the trouble of registering for the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program is more than made up for by the future convenience. Stick to a single carry-on suitcase and get your packing strategies down to a routine. And always, always book a nonstop direct flight whenever possible. Maintaining a loyalty account with a specific (or several) airlines and hotel chains will add up in perks and free stays. Ask for upgrades and you often get them—especially if you are dressed to impress in business-appropriate attire.
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