Whether you are a veteran business traveler or a newbie, it can get a little boring at times. Most business travelers are not allowed to bring their spouses or partners, and many are not familiar with the area they are staying in. Instead of venturing out in a strange city after work hours, which could be dangerous or you could get lost, consider these 3 ways to avoid boredom during a business trip:
Take along that novel you’ve wanted to read, or a few of your favorite magazines. Heck, pack the weekend coupon flyers and do your coupon cutting and menu planning while in your hotel room. If you are away on business to learn something new, read your training materials to get a better understanding of what you are learning. This is the perfect time to sink into a romance novel, go out on a mysterious adventure, or solve the perfect crime.
Craft or Project
If you are a knitter, crocheter, cross-stitcher, or scrapbooker, bring your craft or project with you to work on in your hotel room. This quite time alone is the perfect time to make some great headway and get you closer to completion. You may even complete your project while on your business trip so when you get home, you can start your next project. If you are between projects, this is the perfect time to think about what project you’d like to tackle next when you get home.
Games are popular, no matter what age you are. If you have your laptop, play your favorite Facebook games, card games, or even play some online poker. If you have a Nintendo DS or PSP, take it along. These portable gaming consoles are a great way to unwind, relax, and have some fun while waiting for your plane, during the flight, and while you are in your hotel room.