Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in some of the world’s most exciting locations – New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, even in the heart of the world-famous 6th Street in Austin, TX. If there’s one thing these destinations have in common, it’s their ability to attract photo snapping, lollygagging, party-seeking tourists, especially during the holidays.
From the end of November to mid-January, most cities are a buzz with tourists looking for entertainment, relaxation and above all, a break from the business world. Would love to join every group I see for a two month vacation, but alas, duty calls.
Regardless of where you find yourself during the holiday months, head back to work with the Business Traveler’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.
- Your favorite hotel is all booked up. Bummer. Give your rewards membership a break and try out an independent bed & breakfast or look for a hotel outside the city. Some of my favorite hotels can be found just outside the city limits.
- Cab lines will be extra-long and chock-full of first time hailers so consider hiring a private car or taking mass transit.
- Make it to the airport early, relax and look forward to an adult beverage on the plane. Check out CNN’s Pack Patience for Air Travel Amateurs for more holiday travel tips.
- Steer clear of the leisurely, lunchtime crowd and call ahead for delivery.
- The gym will be busier than it‚Äôs been all year with eager New Year’s “gym resoluters.” Wait them out and take up an outdoor sport for the month of January.
Although there is much to watch out for, there are still many perks to embarking on business travel during the holiday season. You will be sure to find plenty of events and holiday cheer when you’re ready to take a break, and if you can, schedule your flight a day or two early so you can take a few vacation days at the start of our trip.
Bon voyage business travelers! How will you make the most out of your holiday season business trips?