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Professional Convention Management Association

November 13 2014

3 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Business Travel

By David McMillin



While meeting planners and suppliers have plenty of differences, everyone in the industry shares one trait: they’re traveling. From site visits to sales presentations and more, there is always another flight to catch. However, traveling doesn’t have to be burdensome. As you continue checking in and out of hotels, a new survey from Virgin Atlantic reveals some simple tips your fellow business travelers are using to enjoy their lives on the road even more. Here’s a look at some of the best pieces of advice.

1) Make some time to daydream.

You have a three-hour flight ahead. It’s a perfect time to review tomorrow’s presentation, double check the data in your spreadsheets or catch up on emails. Stop. Before you open your computer, press pause, and give yourself some creative time to actually think. Twenty-five percent of respondents in Virgin Atlantic’s research said they get their best ideas while traveling. Rather than immediately check off some items on your to-do list, give your brain some exercise.

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2) Introduce yourself.

You already spend plenty of time networking at conferences and industry outings. Do you embrace that same approach with your seat mates? If not, you may be missing out on a potential opportunity. Twenty percent of passengers report doing business with someone they met on a flight. As the business-savvy version of Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of business cards. You never know who you’re going to meet.”

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3) Have some fun.

All work and no play makes every business traveler frown. That’s why more workers are mixing pleasure into their trips. In fact, 90 percent of respondents say they blur the line between business and pleasure. From trying to new restaurants to visiting museums to attending sporting events, there are opportunities to enjoy every destination. Want to get even more adventurous? Stay longer — and ditch your plans. More than 50 percent of respondents have extended their trips to operate by a simple motto: wing it.

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Looking for more ways to enjoy your next work trip? Click here to check out an infographic from Virgin Atlantic.

 

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