If you often find yourself in a new location for work, you might feel like a travel pro. However, it’s all too easy to become bored with business trips and fall into a rut of monotony. We’ve compiled nine tips on how you can break up your routine and have some fun along the way.
1 Plan ahead – If you’re driving to your destination, know your general route ahead of time! Look up construction along the way to predict which areas will be backed up. If you’re flying, be sure to get to the airport at least two hours early for international flights or even for domestic flights at large airports like LAX. For smaller airports, arriving one hour early is probably okay, unless you’re traveling during a peak time like during the Christmas holidays.
2 Don’t be rigid –It’s okay to be flexible, so long as you get to your destination on time! Especially if you’re driving, there are sure to be side stops along the way. It’s not every day you get to see the world’s largest ball of yarn or the place where Abraham Lincoln is buried. If you have the time, don’t be afraid to make a stop at something interesting along the way, just to shake up your routine, give you a short break from the road, and give you the chance to see something new.
3 Eat Local –Don’t eat at chain fast food restaurants for every meal. Not only does your body deserve better, but you might as well experience the local cuisine. Use websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Zomato to find local favorites. If a place looks particularly popular, make a reservation to ensure you have the opportunity to give it a try! Sometimes it can even be fun to ask the waiter for suggestions to try.
4 Take advantage of new places –If you’re in a city to which you’ve never been before, go exploring! Even if you often find yourself in the same pattern of towns, there’s sure to be something exciting you haven’t yet discovered. If you’re in a large city, find time to visit local museums, stores, or parks. You’ll be rewarded with a breath of fresh air that is well worth it!
5 Don’t be afraid to relax –Maybe you’ve had a long day of work and want nothing more than to climb into bed. If that’s what your body is telling you to do, listen to it! Of course, exploring new places can be very fun, but it can also be exhausting. Sometimes it’s nice to stay in and order takeout.
6 Take a piece of home with you –Especially if you’re traveling for extended periods of time, bring a piece of home with you. Cozy blankets are a good option, as you can always snuggle up in them on your night-in. Pictures are also good options for a smaller suitcase. Being away from home can be hard, so bring a reminder to make it easier.
7 Bring extra cords –It happens all the time: your phone charger is still plugged into the wall even after you’ve left the building, leaving you hoping that your battery will make it through the day. Pack extra chargers so when you leave them plugged in somewhere, you’re not left without a backup. Try to carry a charger cord on you at all times – because you never know when you’re really going to need it.
8 Be prepared for the weather –Depending on the location, it can be cold, hot, rainy, and snowing all in one day. Look at the forecast beforehand, and wherever you go, always make sure to bring at least one light jacket and an umbrella. It’s always better to be over-prepared than underprepared.
9 Pack a water bottle or travel mug –You never know where your day will take you, or how long you’ll be on the move. Always have a drink with you. Invest in a trusty insulated water bottle or travel mug – preferably for water, but even for coffee – to keep your thirst quenched no matter where you are.
Keep these tips in mind, and even the most tedious of trips can turn into an enjoyable experience!