Life these days, in a nutshell, is busy. Really busy. Between keeping your head above water with endless work emails and meetings, staying up-to-date with the 24-hour news cycle, trips to the gym or the grocery store, managing family obligations, balancing a social life can be daunting. Sure, sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and mobile applications like Foursquare help keep you connected, but doesn’t it ever feel like you’re spending more and more time chatting passively online than actively face to face?
Add travel to the mix and some people may just throw in the towel on having any semblance of a normal social life. If you’re feeling like that’s the case, then perhaps it’s time to make a few adjustments so you can go on the road and have fun while you’re out there. Check out some of these very simple tips to help you get started.
Keep a regular routine: Sure, a business trip may be dominated by business demands, whether they be a clients or your own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stick to your schedule. Carving out time for yourself while traveling will help you manage social demands later on. Put it in your Outlook calendar and stick to it, whether it’s going to the gym or just grabbing some “me” time.
Leave your room: You may be tempted to order room service and hunker down in front of the TV (or worse, more emails) but that won’t help you meet people. Even if it’s something as simple as using the hotel gym, heading down to the hotel bar or restaurant, or just taking a walk around the block to the corner store to pick up a local paper, just putting yourself out there will help your social cause immensely.
Connect with your friends’ friends: One of the single easiest ways to find people to meet while traveling is using your social network. Adding a Facebook or LinkedIn update such as “Hey, heading to NYC for the first time in a few days! Anyone know someone who can show me around in the evening?” is one of the single-easiest ways to connect with others. The same thing goes with using Twitter or Foursquare or a similar app to connect with local meet-up groups or even get the skinny on local events.