Do You Travel Only for Work? Here's How to Make the Most of Your Next Office Trip

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It is no news that Indians happen to be one of the most vacation deprived people in the world. In fact, a travel survey from 2018 found out that we are the most overworked with 75% of the participants feeling deprived of a vacation.

If you’re someone who enjoys traveling but hardly gets the time for it, you're at the right place! You’ll be surprised to know that turning an office trip into a small vacation is not difficult at all. Some planning is all it takes to bring that work-life balance back in your life.

Here are some killer hacks that will help you squeeze the most out of your trip.

Plan of action

If you’re thinking of turning your work trip into a mini vacation, you will definitely have to put your planning skills to test. Read up thoroughly on the destination you are visiting. Then, sit down and chalk out a plan. Write down all the places you want to visit and the things you want to do.

Next, work out on a way to fit these experiences in your schedule. Don’t refrain from setting out on early mornings and late nights. Make it a point to be super efficient while at work so that you get more time to explore the place.

Befriend a colleague

While internet research will go a long way in helping you plan, there is nothing that matches the expertise of a local associate. Connect with a colleague in the the new office and ask them for tips on what all to see. Not only will they recommend some great things, but might also take you around. You'll have company too!

Stay local

If you’re someone who really wants to get a taste of the place, ditch that fancy business hotel right away! Tell your office administration to book you a nice home-stay instead. Trust me, you will get a great insight into the everyday life and the local culture. And of course, the there’s home cooked meals and unmatched, homely hospitality.

Chuck those cabs

Yet another hack that you can follow to live like a local is opting for public transport instead of air-conditioned cabs. I agree that there might be many inconveniences involved but public transport actually makes for a great place to observe the locals and understand their way of life. Shed those inhibitions, strike up random conversations, and who knows, you might end up making friends in a new city!

Eat street

Food makes for a big part of any place’s culture. So, if you’re losing yourself to those lavish breakfast buffets, you are actually missing out on a lot! Follow a similar planning pattern for your meals and you’ll be exposed to a whole new world. Read up well on local delicacies, talk to locals about the legendary joints and eat to your heart’s content.

Extensions for the win

One of the oldest tricks in the book, getting your work trip extended is actually an effective way to make the most out of it. Talk to the concerned authorities at your workplace and more often than not, they will be willing to oblige. Club your trip with a weekend or just take an off and before you know, you have all the time to explore the place!

Let’s do this!

Lastly, the biggest key to making the most out of a work trip is to be open to new experiences. There will be moments where you might have to step out of your comfort zone. My advice, always be up for it. Avoid saying ‘no’ to people and nine out of ten times, you’ll end up having a good time.

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