How to Turn Your Business Trip into a Vacation
For business travelers who hit the road week after week, it can take some thinking outside the box to bring a sense of discovery to your next trip. But with some planning — and an open mind — you can ensure that all work-and-no-play doesn’t happen the next time you travel for your job. These four tips will add a dimension of fun to even the most routine business outing:
Feed Your Inner Foodie.
Discovering a buzzworthy restaurant or three is something avid eaters do whenever they visit a new place. Even if your convention city isn’t new to you, chances are there is a hot reservation with your name on it. Why not impress your clients by scheduling a meeting at a scene-making or chef-driven restaurant?
If work takes you to a dynamic food city like New Orleans, consider wowing with a classic insider food experience — a decadent Friday lunch at Galatoire’s is a perfect example. Or bring some Bam! to that next deal with a table at Meril, Emeril Lagasse’s newest addition in the Warehouse District
Where to stay: Holiday Inn Downtown-Superdome
Break up days of indoor meetings by spending some time outside. The next time you’re in Philadelphia, check out the impressive urban green space of Fairmount Park or take a jog along the Delaware River, where Spruce Street Harbor Park turns the riverfront into an urban beach complete with hammocks and volleyball when the weather is fine.
If you do better working out in a group setting, the November Project—a free global fitness initiative—meets every Wednesday and Friday morning at 6:25 a.m. at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps for an intense 60-minute workout guaranteed to work off the calories. You’ll definitely channel your inner Rocky with a stair climb.
Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Philadelphia-Stadium
Take a Tour
Match a tour to your area of interest and feed your soul for an hour or two away from the laptop. What you learn may surprise you, like the chance to explore Las Vegas as an outdoor museum of American pop culture. The 90-minute trek through Downtown, offered by Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours, showcases spectacular neon, legendary casinos and a giant Praying Mantis fire sculpture from the Burning Man Festival on Fremont Street, topped off with a cocktail at the historic El Cortez Casino Hotel of Bugsy Siegel fame.
Or get up at dawn for a hot air balloon tour with Vegas Balloon Rides for views of Red Rock Canyon and the famous strip—a safe bet.
Where to Stay: Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Desert Club Resort
Amp up the Romance
Bringing your sweetie along can turn a ho-hum work event into a mini-vacation. Finish up your business in New York City and book a deuce aboard Water Table, an intimate restored historic World War II ship with a New England pub theme and a menu of craft beer and cocktails along with spectacular views of the city.
In the mood for something a bit more intimate? Take a carriage ride around Central Park, the perfect setting for some one-on-one quality time. Carriages can be found year-round lined up along Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth avenues
Where to Stay: Holiday Inn New York City-Wall Street