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Tips For A Successful and Relaxing

 

Going on business trip after business trip can be stressful -- but it doesn't have to be. The newest trend in the world of business is the "bizcation." Bizcations blend productivity and relaxation without compromising on either. With a little planning and work, you can have the best of both worlds.

Take Your Vacation Days During Your Trip

Do you have dozens of hours of vacation days accruing, but no time to spend them? Consider adding your vacation days on at the beginning or end of your business trip. If your company is sending you to France for a seminar, just add a few vacation days on the tail end. Your company still spends the same amount of money flying you in and out and you get to spend some time relaxing abroad at no travel cost to you.

Maintain a Healthy Work and Play Separation

You can't be on the job all the time -- even when you're traveling for the job. Make sure that your office knows when you're off limits, and turn off that phone! Once the evening hits, you're on your own time, and you can enjoy the city. Trying to continue your work late into the night is just going to wipe you out and kill your productivity. The same goes for when your business trip ends and your bizcation begins; when you're off the clock, just say "no" to the business meetings!

Take Advantage of the Weekends

If you don't have any vacation days saved, consider taking advantage of weekends -- especially three day weekends. By positioning a business trip around Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Monday, you can get a three day destination vacation without spending any of your vacation time. In fact, if you're going to take a week long business trip, you could take both weekends, allowing you a total of four days of relaxation and rest -- all you need to pay for is your hotel and your ground transportation.

Most companies will be more than happy to allow an employee a "bizcation," especially since it costs them nothing. If your employer is hesitant, consider looking up the flights on the dates that you want. You may be able to show them that flying in a little later (or flying out a little earlier) may actually save the company money.

Posted on Sep 12 2014

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