Sales is the best job in the world. I’ve said it many times and I will defend it until I turn blue in the face. But, even the best job in the world is a grind. The only way to be truly successful in sales is to absolutely work your ass off. As it turns out, working your ass off takes a lot of energy. Add business travel to the mix, and you might find yourself in need of a little extended rest and relaxation. Luckily, as mentioned before, sales is the best job in the world. If you are able to get a little bit creative with your schedule, turn most business trips into at least a little time for yourself.
Whenever possible, try to plan meetings so that you can extend your trip through the weekend. You can either plan for a Monday meeting and go the weekend before, or a Friday meeting and stay for the following weekend. Depending on the nature of your job, Tuesday or Thursday might give you enough flexibility to accomplish the same.
Your company is going to have to cover your airfare or transportation one way or another, so unless the rates are much higher based on your adjusted travel days, they probably won’t care. You will, however, be responsible for covering lodging for the extra days. There are a few ways to minimize the impact of this.
Airbnb is a fantastic way to stay in a city, experience it the way the locals do, and spend a fraction of what you might spend at a hotel.
If you have any friends or family living in the city, give them a call. It might cost you a dinner or a round of beers, but it’s going to be a lot cheaper than a hotel room for a couple of nights.
If you really like the hotel that you’re staying at for business, see if they will keep the rate consistent. In many cases, the hotel will be willing to give you a further discount or at least honor your corporate rate. Weekends are a little bit more at most hotels, so keep that in mind.
Those of us who are lucky enough to travel for business have an amazing opportunity to see parts of the world that we might not see otherwise. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this.