Unwind and luxuriate in the comfort of a hotel stay—plush pillows, crisp sheets, swimming pools with beach chairs and cabanas, as well as bathrooms that evoke a spa-like atmosphere. Few things are quite so tranquilizing! If you are feeling anxious about an upcoming business trip, use these strategies to make the most of it and turn even a short stay into a pampered holiday. Enjoy the state-of-the-art hotel amenities around you and relish every moment!
1. Rise early and explore.
Don’t snooze when you have a few hours to spare in the mornings. Whether it’s at the beach or around town, use this precious time to watch the sunrise and take a jog or leisurely stroll. Step outside and enjoy some time for yourself before your workday begins with a refreshing break. No need to worry if you forgot workout clothes or are pressed for space in your suitcase either, as many hotels offer affordable fitness wear rentals. Westin is just one example; they give out an entire outfit (complete with disposable insoles) that costs only $5!
2. Indulge in the dessert.
Splurge on some delectable chocolates or a slice of cake after your networking event or dinner – don’t forget to use your own card rather than the companies. Afterward, relax in bed with that delicious treat and watch an amusing romantic comedy or one of your favorite shows!
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3. Try the local cuisine.
Have you ever tasted the famous Philly cheesesteak? Are you familiar with Chicago’s classic deep-dish pizza? Have you sampled any Atlanta barbecue yet? Make sure to do your research before traveling and take colleagues or clients along with you. This is a perfect opportunity to discover local cuisine while doing some work!
4. Splurge at the spa.
Although it may seem like an added expense and take away from your free time, immersing yourself in the culture of a new location by booking an indulgent massage or facial is always worth it. Before attending evening work events, you can even book a blowout or makeup service to look extra-polished – why not seize every opportunity on offer? After all, when in Rome
5. Take a bubble bath.
Treat yourself to a cozy spa day without ever having to leave your hotel room! Draw a warm bath, add some soothing music (we recommend Sade), and allow the stress of the day to melt away. After you’re done luxuriating in blissful relaxation, be sure to slip into that luxurious hotel robe for an extra special treat.
6. Book a tour bus.
Have a few hours of downtime between meetings or events? Maximize your sightseeing with a bus tour (not to be expensed, of course). Or if you’re lucky enough to have access to a rental car, team up with a coworker and explore the premier attractions in the area.
7. Lounge poolside.
If it’s summertime or you have the good fortune to travel someplace warm for your business trip, make certain that you allow yourself a few minutes of relaxation by the pool. The conference agenda will normally allot time for breaks and lunch; take advantage of this opportunity! Even just 10 minutes of soaking up the sun and sea air with fellow vacationers will invigorate your spirits, especially after hours spent in a stuffy boardroom. Take the opportunity to network by asking someone else attending the conference to come outside and join you!
8. Take the time to recharge and relax.
Your night of peace and relaxation may be fleeting, so why not make the most of it? Enjoy your time alone in that wide-open king-size bed. Let go of any inhibitions you have; sleep early if you want – no shame in that!
9. Refresh and unwind with a delicious cocktail in the hotel bar.
Elevate your evening and indulge in a martini while enjoying the ambiance of live jazz. Hotel bars are perfect for those seeking an escape – especially when they’re situated on rooftops with stunning city vistas! Looking for a place to meet up with other business professionals? New York offers an array of remarkable rooftop lounges that can’t be beaten, from Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square to The Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel.
10. Maximize your stay and extend your journey!
If your job permits it, take advantage of that valuable vacation time and extend your business trip for a leisurely experience. With the ability to explore an unfamiliar country, why not maximize this unique opportunity? Make sure to keep track of when your work ends, as that is when business expenses conclude. If you’re able to meet up with a friend or your partner for the rest of your trip, that’s even better!