Not every twenty-something is fortunate enough to go business trips for their job. Some types of careers do not afford the luxury of travel as part of the job description – and that is completely normal! Especially in the recent economic downturn, many companies have been slashing budgets and being more frugal with their spending and expenses.
That being said, with Viator I’ve have the opportunity to take a few business trips — most notably to Las Vegas! Though it may not be the “Viva Las Vegas” or “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” approach of a leisure vacation, I quite like being there in a work mindset. Once you step off the plane, the hot air hits you and while a lot of people go to party at the nightclubs or play the poker tables, when you are there for business — well, you mean business.
Where you stay always matters, but the last two times I’ve been to Vegas I have stayed at hotels without casinos. Let me tell you, this also adds to the relaxed vibe because you don’t have to spend miles walking through the slot machines AND you aren’t subjected to the patrons’ cigarette smoke. If you are a budget-minded traveler who likes to live life on the edge, try Priceline‘s name your own price feature.
Here are some tips that I’ve learned while on the road (pun intended):
- Take advantage of amenities. Aveda hair products, plush white robes and fresh sheets every night? Yes please!
- Go with the flow and accept that there may be delays. ESPECIALLY when flying back to San Francisco
- Learn to chat up others if you are a solo traveler
- Ask for recommendations from friends on where to go in your down time — it’s a great opportunity to try new restaurants and bars
- Carry on luggage is a MUST (if you are a chronic over-packer like me, try to change your habits!)
- Soak in the bath. I don’t know about y’all, but I am not afforded this luxury at my apartment in San Francisco!
- Televisions in the mirrors are an awesome invention, but might slow you down in the morning
I can’t wait to learn more tips and tricks as I start down the path to becoming a seasoned traveler. And if you are not already, than you will too!
At the end of the month, I will be going on my first solo trip to Seattle…eek! Wish me luck! If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them.