A business trip doesn’t have to be so stressful and there are some ways to make sure that you look forward to heading to the airport and enjoy the opportunity to travel to different places.
Here are some tips and strategies to help you get the most out of your business trip and still find time to relax and unwind, including a sensible suggestion for extending your stay, why it pays to avoid attempting a marathon trip, plus a way to chill out in style from the start.
Make the most of your trip
There are going to be times when you are on a tight schedule and you end up seeing very little of the part of the world that you find yourself in, but with a bit of savvy planning, you can combine work with play.
If you stay somewhere like the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa you will want to make the most of the facilities on offer there and get the chance to explore the area so you can see the sights and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
A good way of doing that would be to extend your stay and add a weekend on at the end of the business trip.
Far too many business travelers end up just flying in and almost straight out again of an area that most likely has much more to offer than the view from the airport terminal and a restaurant nearby.
Feedback from seasoned business travelers would suggest you have more productive trips and meetings if you get to know an area more intimately, plus you won’t be as stressed if you tag a leisurely weekend onto the end of a busy working week.
Packing it all in
Another common contributor to business travel stress is trying to squeeze too much into one day and attempting a one-day travel marathon.
Hopping on a plane for a quick meeting and returning later that day might be achievable if you are not traveling too far away on a domestic flight but if you are heading overseas somewhere you are going to be exhausted if you try to get it all done in a 24-hour period.
Think about traveling the night before, enjoying a relaxing evening preparing for the day head.
You will almost certainly find the trip less stressful and it should be more productive too.
Getting in the right frame of mind
If you are taking a long-haul flight and the airline is offering complimentary spa treatments, take advantage of the offer.
A relaxing spa treatment like a facial or a pre-flight massage will be a great way to unwind and put you in a more relaxed and positive mindset, ready and raring to go for the business trip ahead.
Working away doesn’t have to be stressful and with a bit of planning combined with a few sensible strategies, you might even end up looking forward to the business trip.