If you are on the road for work quite often, you’ll know that there are pockets of downtime that occur every now and again. Instead of plopping down in front of the TV in your hotel room to flick from one channel to the next, or heading down to the restaurant for yet another cup of coffee, how about taking up a travel-friendly hobby that could turn these unclaimed time slots into valuable real estate?
Here are a few of our top pastimes for frequent travellers:
Taking pictures of the places you visit on your travels for work may seem par for the course, but there are ways to make it a little more interesting. Find a topic you enjoy and start a series of travel photographs that feature this one thing - that way you can build up a unique visual essay that could eventually make a cool art piece for your home. E.g. Take along a small figurine on your trips and position it in front a famous landmark somewhere in the city or town your visiting. Or challenge yourself to find someone in a crowd wearing a outfit like a pair of jeans and a leather jacket. Or document lonely park benches. The key is to build up a collection of similar images in different locations.
If you enjoy writing or drawing, those dead spots in your travel itinerary can be used to indulge in these pastimes. Do you have a story you’ve always wanted to write? Start while you travel. Base characters on the people you meet, flesh them out and file them away for later. You never know when they might sneak their way into a novel or short story. Alternatively, carry around a notebook and some fine liners to capture quick images while you’re waiting between meetings, or sitting alone at your restaurant table.
An interesting way to commemorate frequent travels is to start a collection of something small and inexpensive - postcards, fridge magnets, coins, snow globes, shot glasses, etc. When you have a moment to spare, ask the valet at your hotel to point you in the direction of the antiques district so you can enjoy a good browse and find a suitable addition to your collection.
These are just a few of the awesome pastimes that could keep you occupied while you travel the globe. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more insider tips on making the most of your business journeys. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our team of expert corporate travel planners who take great pride in tailoring enjoyable and rewarding travel itineraries.