If you travel for work, do you find it a necessary evil that takes you away from home and family or an exciting opportunity to see new places and meet new people? To find out my business travel personality profile I took a fun quiz from IHG Business Advantage and here’s what I discovered.
Your flight is delayed – what do you do?
Of course a delay of an hour or so is annoying but if I have wifi it’s a chance to catch up on some social media posting or process any photos I may have taken on the trip. However if the delay is longer, it’s worth checking out what’s on offer within the airport or nearby. For instance I always loved passing through Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport because of the miniature Rijksmuseum (currently closed until Summer 2016) where Dutch paintings of the old masters were on display. Some airports such as Copenhagen are a surprisingly short train ride from the city centre. Within 20 minutes of boarding the train at Copenhagen airport you could be at Norreport station and heading for a delicious lunch at one of the food stalls in the Torvehallern indoor market nearby. Read about my trip to Copenhagen here.
Apart from free wifi what hotel feature is most important to you?
If I’m travelling on business, perhaps attending a conference, then of course I look for hotels that are close to the conference venue. However, it’s worth checking out where some of the main things to see are in the city and finding a hotel that’s also well placed to take advantage of them. For instance in Budapest I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel that is right beside the Danube, with a fabulous view across the river to castle hill and by the tram stop that takes you along the river to many other things to see. If I’m travelling alone I’d also prefer to be staying in a hotel that is in a central location and a well lit area so that I’m comfortable walking back to the hotel in the evening. Read about my stay at Intercontinental Budapest here.
How do you plan your business trip?
I’m a big planner when travelling, whether it’s for business and leisure, and I like to research the hotel and what there is to see nearby in order to make the most of what is usually a short trip. Once checked in it’s also good to check with the concierge for directions and recommendations, although if you want the more authentic places to eat you might want to also do your own research or ask other locals where they like to go. If possible I like to make the most of a work trip by extending for another day or two to see something of the place I’m in, perhaps arranging the business meetings at the end of the week to allow me to stay on over the weekend or be joined by my husband.
How do you dine when travelling for work?
If you are meeting work colleagues, it’s a great opportunity to get their recommendations for the local places that they like to go for a drink or to go out for a meal together. I’ll also look out for opportunities to try the food in markets or food trailers especially at lunchtime when office colleagues are popping out to get lunch from their favourite stall or deli. In Bristol where I live, St Nicholas Market is a great place for this, with many different hot food stalls from Jamaican to Moroccan, falafel to pies and mash. When I was in Gothenburg I discovered an amazing trailer selling fried herring with mashed potato and lingonberry sauce where all the locals were queuing for lunch. Read about the foods we enjoyed in Gothenburg here.
So what kind of business traveller are you?
To find out what kind of business traveller you are take the quiz here . Apparently I’m an Explorer, curious to discover new places and escape the office. Sounds familiar! Do let me know in the comments what your business travel profile is.
About IHG Advantage
The Business Advantage service from Intercontinental Hotel Group, is available in over 300 hotels in the UK and Northern Ireland, and enables you to benefit from free credit on stays, preferential room rates and traveller rewards. You can find more information at IHG Business Advantage.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with IHG Business Advantage who have developed an interactive personality quiz about business travel
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