How to add sightseeing to business travel

January 10, 2014 |

With business travel taking people all over the world these days, you might venture to some pretty exciting cities that you've always wanted to visit. Though connecting with clients and doing business are priority, it's not too difficult to squeeze in a little sightseeing after work is finished. Here are some tips to make the most of your global travel:

Choose a local restaurant

Most business hotels have really great restaurants and bars that you can count on for good food and service. But if you have limited time and want to venture out of the business area, consider booking a table at a fancy local spot in a nearby neighborhood. You'll get a taste of authentic cuisine and get to see a bit of the surrounding area as well. Just make sure to ask locals and check online for recommendations before you go.

Take a stroll or jog outside

Many business travelers like to hit the gym for a workout in the morning or evenings. But if the weather permits, take your workout outside. Walk the streets or take a jog in a local park to get a feel for the city and enjoy local scenery along the way.

Use your time wisely

If you have a later flight, rather than sitting at the airport or in your hotel room for several hours, take advantage of the free time you do have. Choose one of the must-see local attractions and go! Just make sure to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare, especially for international travel.

Maybe you like to "see it all" when you travel. Though that might be hard to do with so little time, one idea is to take a tour, either on an open-air bus where you can come and go when you please, or even a walking tour. You're likely to see more and you'll also learn about the things you're seeing.

Bring your significant other

More frequently, people are having their significant others join them on the weekend after their business meetings are finished. If you're in a destination that you just don't want to miss out on, you can invite your spouse to fly out later and do some exploring together. This will have to be on your own dime, but it's a great excuse to get out there and see things.