5 Ways to Maximize Your Business Travel Experience

Two years ago, I traveled to California to apply for fellowships and had multiple rounds of interviews from morning to evening with various companies.  If a particular interview went well, candidates would be invited to an evening reception.  At the end of the week, successful candidates would go on to on-site interviews.  Remaining organized during this conference was critical to progressing through each step.  Whether it was leaving an hour in the day to hand write thank you cards or 15 minutes to grab a cup of coffee, setting my schedule and knowing who I needed to meet with in advance helped me to remain calm and present the best version of myself to potential employers.

You no longer have to choose between business or pleasure when traveling for work. You can make your trip enjoyable by making time to meet new people, see new sights, and get to know your co-workers outside of the office.   Introduce yourself to the director of your group, go for a walk instead of taking a nap, or go for a drink instead of going to bed early.  Make the most of your experiences by absorbing your surroundings and learning as much as you possibly can, especially if you are in the early stages of your career.  There is so much you can learn about your industry and even yourself when you travel for work.

After embracing J for a solid sixty seconds, I grabbed my rolling suitcase and headed towards the airport entrance, only turning around once to smile and wave goodbye.  I decided that I would make the most of this trip and truly step outside my comfort zone. Looking back two weeks later, I’m so glad that I didn’t let fear of the unknown stop me from embracing the moment.  You truly never know who you are going to meet and what kind of repercussions the encounter could have on your life.

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