Have you ever had to travel for work and wish that you had enough time to explore? Or that you wish you were traveling for fun rather than work? Last week I went on my first ever business trip to my favorite place, New York, and even though I was there for work, I still made sure that I did my best to make the most of being in New York during my nights. I even had my first experience with solo travel, I’ll share more on that next week, but I wanted to share my tips on how to make the most of your free time while on a business trip.
I think the easiest way to make sure you enjoy your business trip is really looking into where you want to eat, with an emphasis on the where! Obviously you are going to have to eat meals during your trip, but take some time to do some research on best places in the area if you don’t already have some in mind. Sometimes even word of mouth is the way to go and locals are the best resource. I really enjoy going out to eat for multiple reasons besides the food itself such as people watching, atmosphere, decor but as an added bonus, walking to your destination can be an experience in itself!
Besides eating, I can’t stress how much just walking around with no agenda besides exploring can be amazing, especially in NYC. To be honest that’s my favorite thing to do in New York because each neighborhood/district has a different culture and personality. If you just plan on exploring a certain area, you can stumble upon real gems like beautiful street art or you can find entertainment/food that you would have never knew existed. For example, I stumbled upon the Baker Street Pub in New York. It was across the street from where I was having dinner last night. They had street art on the building which was a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes so being the obsessed Sherlock fanatic I am, I definitely went there after dinner. If I didn’t walk to dinner, I would have never stumbled upon the Baker’s Street Pub!
Otherwise my best tips would be to figure out what hours you have to explore and plan your shows, meals, events, and agenda around those. If you are at a tradeshow they might be different from the typical standard business hours. After knowing when you are free, I would use your maps/google to look up things like a show, museums, attractions in the area and just try something! If they happen to be open when you are free, go for it!