Recently Robert forward me an email that inspired me to talk about taking advantage of traveling for business. Many people have a misconception about traveling for business. For some they look at it like a vacation one gets for free, and misses the point that traveling for business also means that you are working, it is absolutely NOT a vacation. With that said, many people also miss the opportunity to travel for business to better themselves, explore a new place and to learn or try something new. Traveling for work could be one of the best parts of the job!
I have the opportunity to travel a lot for work (Yes, I also work outside of blogging!) I would say the hardest part for me is being away from my family. I don’t mind a little separation, in all honestly that’s good for a relationship, but too much separation can be tough. When I am nearing the end of a long month of traveling I look forward to just being home with Robert more than anything else. The jet lag can also be a major bummer. But, I have the chance to go to a new city, so I want to take advantage of all the opportunities I can while I have them!
For me that means exploring this new place between meetings or when my day of work is over. I am big into talking to the locals about where to eat, usually trying to find food I couldn’t get at home. I also like asking about what to do, like stopping into a museum or where the best shopping is. Squeezing in time to be a tourist can be tough, but using this time for new learning opportunities is worth it to me. I recommend doing the research before you travel. Don’t just leave it up to those conversations with the locals, I like to search top rated restaurants, hotels, shopping centers, museums, etc. I never want to leave a place and have someone ask me if I went to this or that, and say No, oh man I missed my chance! If you get to travel for business, take advantage of it, don’t just sit in your hotel room eating room service, get outside and see what this amazing world has to offer – be a traveler!