Making the most
of your free time after
a business trip abroad

Your meeting went well. Your client is happy, and so are you. Now it's time for some well-earned relaxation. You want to do some fun, cultural activities before you head home. 

Welcome to a savvy type of travel that incorporates vacation activities into your existing business-centric itinerary. So, how do you maximize your downtime when you're on a business trip?

Your choice of hotel

Think about where you're going to stay. For work, a hotel by the airport or near your client's office might make sense but it may make exploring the city less convenient. Choosing a hotel in the center of the city leaves you perfectly positioned for a pleasant stroll after the working day is over.

If you do need to stay in a hotel close to your meeting, consider scheduling your trip for a Friday. That way you can make the most of the weekend. Many business hotels offer better rates on Friday or Saturday nights since they can be less busy.

Plan Ahead

Once you’ve found a hotel, consider the type of activities that help you unwind. Whether you are interested in a great meal, historical landmarks, or simply time to explore, make sure you’ve factored personal time into your trip schedule.

For some of your more popular picks, it may be difficult to score last minute access without a reservation. The concierge service that comes with the Platinum Card® from American Express is available 24/7 to help book exclusive dining and exciting entertainment experiences.

Getting the inside track

Consider getting insider tips from fellow meeting attendees who live in the city for the best places to eat, drink, and visit. It's a great way to break the ice and get to know your business associates.

Finally, don't forget to keep your work receipts separate from those that relate to the fun element of your trip. Enjoy your travels!

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