By iPass Staff Writer
We’ve all been there – you’re ‘fresh’ off the plane and flung straight into the next four hours of non-stop, back-to-back client meetings, followed by a networking event and dinner with your global colleagues. Pheeeww! Repeat this five days on the trot it’s no wonder business travelers come back exhausted – it’s enough to make you tired just reading about it!
But wait – what if you were to incorporate downtime into your hectic schedule? Crazy idea right. Or is it?
It seems that travelers get so wrapped up in the whirlwind of a business trip, they forget what it means to take a second – breathe and let everything sink in. Those rare moments you get to yourself are few and far between and it shouldn’t have to be like this. Schedule in some ‘you time’ into your trip, because let’s face it, no one wants to come back from a business trip and only have work-related stories to tell – inject a bit of fun! And here’s some ways to do just that.
Be a tourist!
See the sights! Research the city you are going to beforehand so you know what’s going on whilst you’re there – whether it’s catching a gig for an up and coming band, watching the local basketball team against their arch rivals or seeing all the tourist sights. There are plenty of ways to get immersed in the local culture and make the most of your limited time, download some apps or take a look at some recommendations online ahead of your travel.
Sweat it out
Exercise can be a great way to help you get back into the swing of things – from helping you sleep better, releasing endorphins and reducing your chances of getting ill – sign me up to all of the above please! Why not check out the hotel gym, swim a couple of laps in the pool or if that doesn’t take your fancy – head out for a walk to take in some of the sights and landscape. Your body and mind will appreciate the break from work, leaving you refreshed and ready to tackle the next client meeting head on!
Stay in contact
Go on, take a seat in that comfy chair in the hotel lobby or a park bench and get in touch with your loved ones. Use your smartphone to catch up with a friend – you know the one you’ve promised to call for months – family or your boyfriend/girlfriend. Chances are you’ll be glad you took the time out to take a break and catch up on the news you may have missed whilst you’ve been travelling.
Who says business travel has to be all business? Next time you take a trip remember to schedule in some ‘me time’ and mix it up – no more eat, sleep, fly, repeat . You can thank us later!