How to Have the Best Work Trip Ever

When you have travel work it can be pretty exhausting.  There’s the change in places, and so many different factors that are up in the air.  Now, that’s for a person who doesn’t thrive off of being a traveling employee.  

Here are some of the best ways to have the most amazing work trip full of fun things to do, peaceful places to go, and new things to try!

Research Where You Are Going

In a world full of technology, it’s hard to remember that we have the world at our fingertips.  More and more people forget that they can research where they are going online!  

One of the best places to check out is Travelers Haven: not only do they have ways to easily find housing, but they also review cities and give you lists of things to do in different places!

Another way to research the area is to talk to people that you know or find groups.  There are plenty of Facebook groups all over the place: send a message to a group that seems active in the city you are moving to.  Most people are going to be helpful especially if they are part of a Facebook group meant to help others. 

When you work on researching this new location, make sure you look for things that interest you, not everybody else.  If you are a history buff then check out what museums are going to be around you.  Outdoor junkie? Check for outdoor sports and adventures.

Don’t be afraid to be specific with what you are looking for!

Talk to Your Coworkers

You aren’t going to learn everything that you need to know when you start researching your new location.  This is a really good thing!  

How so?

Think about it this way: when you get to your temporary work location, there will be plenty of people to meet who know the area better than you do.  This will allow you to build connections and get to experience some of the more local attractions.

Regardless of where you are, it is also important to remember something that every human needs: connection.  Whether or not you are an introvert or an extrovert, interaction is needed in some shape or form.  

Coworkers are a great way to make sure you are socializing and who knows, you may get a lifetime friend out of the experience!

Learn Key Historical Points

Some cities are going to have more historical points than others.  Either direction, something that you can do to help you value the place you are in is learn about the history.

When we understand the history of a location, we tend to gravitate toward the city and/or appreciate what went into developing that location.  This isn’t going to be the case for all cities but there are several examples that might help:

  • San Antonio, Texas – The Alamo and Riverwalk
  • Seattle, Washington – Space Needle and the Museum of Flight
  • Denver, Colorado – Red Rocks Amphitheater and Larimer Square

Each of the listed locations aren’t just tourist attractions, they are also key to the identity of the city.  This is what it means to understand and appreciate the history of wherever you are going.

Pick Your Housing

Traveler’s Haven is a great way to get your affairs in order when you travel for business.  There are other sites as well so whatever you use, use them!  

Don’t just randomly try to find a place.  With the searching options we have at our fingertips, you can look for some of the most beautiful scenery to wake up to every day.  Why not experience your new work location in all of its beauty?

Try to find places that are going to appeal to your personal lifestyle as well.  For example, if you are someone that likes nature hikes, then you probably aren’t going to want to be too far from the nearest state park.  

If farmers markets, organic foods and products, and others are more your swing, then you’ll need to find housing that relates to what you want.  If you live far away from the things that make you happy, it is so much harder to enjoy a work trip.

Remember, your happiness and health is more important than the job!

Set Aside Personal Time 

One of the last big tips is perhaps the simplest, but hardest to do.  Set aside time for yourself.  It is exhausting to go go go so don’t get wrapped up in seeing everything.  Make sure you spend time at home to relax, re-center, or even catch up on some sleep.

Conclusion

Work trips can be the biggest drag on a day, week, or month.  But, there are always ways to make things easier for you and hopefully this list gives you plenty of ideas.  Take care of yourself and enjoy the beauty of every unique place you are able to see.

Safe travels!

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