How was Baltimore? Often business trip memories are reduced down to transportation experiences and its issues, what the lodging and meeting place were like, the people you met, and what happened. But, what can be said about this place you have shared a few days of your life with?
With another year's set of scratches on your business travel bags and the New Year just around the corner our guest author, Evelyn Page, offers some thoughts on resolving to make a few changes so that you can tell an associate or friend something a bit more.
The Business Trip Holiday: Making The Most Of Your Time
The glamor of business trips wears off around the first day of your first trip. While your uninitiated friends and family might kid you about your all-expenses “vacation”, the truth is that being on the road can be exhausting, frustrating, and outright demanding. There are few things more frustrating than staying in an unfamiliar city full of excitement waiting to be discovered, then leaving it stressed out and without having seen any of it. Still, there are plenty of ways to make the most of what little time you have here in Baltimore; it might not transform your trip into possibly a mini-holiday, going home with more than memories of the business that is at hand! The secret is to plan your location and schedule carefully, to exploit even short periods of free time.
Finding The Right Home Base
Whenever possible, try to choose where to stay yourself. The ideal location is as close as possible to both city attractions, wherever it is you’re likely to be doing business, at a place you’d be excited or fascinated with to staying. Bed and Breakfasts are, obviously, our top recommendation - you’ll get a chance to really relax, get the real feel of your destination at a neighborhood level, and have significant local knowledge at your fingertips; all at prices you can justify to accounting. The Blue Door on Baltimore, like many inns, has multiple amenities and perks for business travelers: corporate and special rates, a frequent stay program, the right equipment and plenty of room to work should that be on you after-hours agenda, 24-hour access to a local health club, and more.
When traveling for business, you definitely want somewhere that’s as comfortable as possible, since unwinding after work can be difficult enough in your own home! By choosing your home base carefully, you’ll ensure a good night’s sleep, plenty of energy for both work and play, and much less stress to wear you down. (Stress is the kind of thing that will make you decide to just stay in your room until you get to go home - anathema to business trip vacations.)
Show Your Schedule Who The Boss Is
On business trips, there are two different kinds of work: the kind that has to be done at specific times (usually meetings), and the kind that can be done whenever you get the chance. The latter should be done during time you wouldn’t be able to spend having fun anyway: while traveling, while eating alone, and before bed are all good choices. These are also great times to read through any reports or books that you need to be familiar with. If you run your own company or are otherwise in charge of scheduling, try to arrange the meetings to maximize your free time. Make sure to leave yourself breathing and travel time, but a long stretch of meetings is worth it if it means a free afternoon and evening! If you’re subject to the whims of scheduling, then mark out any longer periods. Even thirty minutes can give you the space to go for a walk around the neighborhood, refreshing you for the work to come.
Choosing What To Do
You only have so much time to spare, so it’s important to make it count. One strategy is to plan your free time around themes. If you need to relax, for example, you might schedule in a massage, some park or neighborhood walks to soak in the atmosphere, and some exploring time at the Inner Harbor while in Baltimore. A traveler who is looking for excitement might try to take in a show and dinner, while another might want to visit museums or even go for a guided tour. By not trying to do everything, you’ll give yourself a chance to enjoy what you can manage. Of course your Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers are at your disposal to assist in picking the perfect thing to do to peak your special interests a for the amount time you may have. There may be significant local attractions nearby an appointment that can visited while traveling to an appointment or if a meeting is postponed. There also may be a special restaurant to take an important client to, your Innkeeper will know of just the right one to suit your needs and tastes to make your trip a success. And if you know there will be specific time when you have time to do some concentrated exploring plan in advance.
Of course, relaxing on a business trip can also be as easy as turning in early to bed with a good book and the knowledge that tomorrow will bring good food and a trip back home. By giving yourself the chance to do whatever it is you really want to do, you’ll be taking care of yourself and making sure you go home less stressed than you felt when you arrived.