Whether you’re an experienced road warrior or first time corporate traveller, travelling for business can be a lonely experience. With many obstacles in your way such as navigating yourself around a new city, finding a quiet spot to eat and drink or exploring new climbs on your lonesome.
Here I give you 5 of my handy tips to help beat feeling alone whilst on your next business trip….
#1 Distract yourself!
Having a distraction to hand can especially helpful, so why not pack that book you have been meaning to catch up on, or bring along a tablet with some engaging applications installed. (here are our list of top apps and gadgets for some inspiration) to help you pass the time and keep your mind elsewhere.
#2 People Watch
Let’s face it, we all do it, and done In the correct manner there is no harm in this at all. People watching in a public space can be quite the highlight when waiting for a connecting flight/train or bus especially in a foreign country or at transit points when you will see diverse cultures and families on the move. Seeing how others communicate/dress and act can help you gain a real feel for the place you are visiting, plus you’ll probably find others doing this too!
#3 Explore the local area
You don’t have to put together a full itinerary to enjoy a city or town, but a little forethought can go a long way. If you’ve booked your trip through a business travel agent, they should be able to advise you on how to make the most of your time, they may even be able to suggest places that are worth a visit. Tripadvisor is also a fantastic place for inspiration with honest reviews and covers pretty much every town and city. Don’t forget to ask the people you are visiting too……. showing an interest in their local culture is a great topic of conversation and a good way to build a rapport with the people you’re doing business with, and may lead to them inviting you to sample local culture or visit some local attractions.
#4 Eating and drinking Alone
Eating alone can be a daunting experience for anyone, especially when on a business trip. The reality is, you are probably not the only one!! What you’ve got to remember is that the waiting staff are going to be there for the majority of the night so why not make conversation with them? They might even be quite happy for the contact especially if the restaurant isn’t that busy mid-week.
When you are in a new environment with potentially new cuisines to try, then make sure you enjoy it and do some reviews! It’s so easy to stick to the hotel restaurant or well known food chain you’re familiar with, but there are often some brilliant local restaurants within minutes of your hotel. Tripadvisor is a great resource for uncovering hidden gems and your hotel concierge will know all the best places to go. Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and sampling the traditional food will really help you connect with the locals. You’ll be supporting the local community too.
#5 Enjoy time at the bar
Don’t fancy heading straight up to be confined within your room? then after your meal why not take your coffee/beverage to the bar. You may find other like minded business travellers doing exactly the same, and it's a great chance to chat to someone or sit and read any papers or magazines available. You can use this perfect opportunity as a chance to network or just pass the time having a chit chat with a fellow road warrior.
So there you have it! If you have any ideas for beating business travel loneliness then we’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment In the box below...