Business travel does not have to be aggravating, agitating, or stressful. In fact, with a little bit of an attitude adjustment, you can begin to see what some of the relaxing perks of business travel can be.
You might have the opportunity to take first-class flights. At the locations you go to, there may be massages or spa days available. Depending on your company, you may have a per diem meal ticket that you can spend on interesting food. Finally, you could have the potential for sightseeing opportunities you wouldn’t run across in nonbusiness situations.
First Class Flights
Most people never get to take a first-class flight. Most people wander past that first class cabin, look at those gigantic seats and all of the space and shiny amenities around them, and sigh inwardly. If you ever get an opportunity to take a flight that your company sponsors and they’re willing to put you in first class, you should take them up on that. It could be the experience of a lifetime. You’ll never know if it’s like what you see in the movies unless you have the opportunity to be there yourself on a flight.
If your company is sending you somewhere as an executive or manager to make big decisions or be a part of greater company culture, there’s a good chance there’s going to be some stress surrounding the event. Why not use some of your extra time at this location to get a massage? If it’s not something you regularly do, you’d be amazed to see how relaxing it can be to have a professional masseuse work over all of your muscles. At that point, you should be ready to face the world head-on without any of the pain associated with muscle aches.
One of the true things of beauty, if you’re going on a business trip with a generous company, is that you get to use a company credit card. That means that you can go to restaurants that you wouldn’t typically be able to afford and try out something tastefully interesting. Obviously, you don’t want to overextend this privilege, but if the opportunity presents itself, why not take the dive?
And finally, your business may send you somewhere that you wouldn’t usually go. Use the opportunity to sightsee! Even if it’s not anywhere you would intentionally choose as a destination, there are interesting things everywhere. If you’re a creative individual, figure out how to take public transportation or rental car and explore your area. You’re not going to be working the entire time you’re on any business trip, so using your extra minutes to see what life is like in a new area can be very interesting.