A quick business trip is easy: Book a place to stay for the night, catch a flight, take a train or hop in a car, and do what you’ve got to do once you arrive. But what if you need to stay for a few weeks? Planning an extended business trip is a different ballgame. Here are some things to keep in mind.
You’ll get lonely. Have a plan.
There’s bound to be lots to keep you busy, but you’ll still have a lot of downtime. That’s an opportunity to explore (more on that in a bit), pick up a book or keep in touch with your loved ones at home. Have a regular time to check in with the family. Depending on the time zone situation, this could be more difficult than it seems.
You might also consider bringing the family along. Perhaps your spouse can join you for a portion of your trip. You’ll both be spared some loneliness, and he or she can explore while you work. It’s a win-win.
Try to think like a local, not a tourist.
There’s no more authentic way to experience a new place than through the eyes of a local. Sure, hit the big tourist attractions, but also try to strike up conversation in bars or coffee shops with folks who can point you to some under-the-radar attractions and activities. A city’s most interesting businesses are generally not located in tourist traps, but you might never know they are there unless you ask. Of course, you can also do some online research yourself, but striking up a friendship with a local resident cannot be topped.
Don’t eat every meal out.
It’s not great for your body or your wallet to eat out all the time. If you’ll be spending a few weeks in a new city for work, it’s totally normal to head out and check out some place new for a meal — but don’t do it all the time. Find a grocery store and stock up on the essentials so you can make some meals of your own. Not only will you save money, but you’ll probably feel a lot better, too.
Don’t stay in a hotel. Stay in a home.
A hotel is a fine option for a night or two, but living in a hotel for weeks at a time is both weird and cost-ineffective. It’s tough to settle in when you’re confined to a single room and lacking the basic amenities of a home. The longer you stay somewhere, the more things like comfort and tranquility matter.
At PC Housing, we offer short- and long-term rentals across the U.S. and Canada for business travelers. Wherever you are headed for your extended business trip, it’s likely that PC Housing can connect you with a place to call home during your visit. Get in touch with us today to learn more!