How to Stay Productive on Your San Diego Business Trip
So you’re visiting “America’s Finest City” on a business trip. Congratulations! Thanks to an enviable location and an excellent working culture, San Diego has emerged as a great center for professional travel. Still, San Diego also has beautiful beaches. Exceptional attractions. And lots of gorgeous sunshine. So even though you’re traveling for work reasons, it can be tempting to play hooky and take in everything the city has to offer instead.
Don’t worry, though — we’re here to help with some top tips on how to make sure your working vacation makes the “working” part a priority.
Take Advantage of Tech
In advance of your departure, it often helps to prioritize what you’ll need to bring in terms of gadgetry. If you’re going to be giving a presentation, doing a lot of writing, or need to take a lot of notes, then you’ll likely need your laptop. If not, you can save the space and prioritize a phone or tablet instead. If your tech won’t be doing any heavy lifting, you can travel lighter. And of course, you’ll always want to make sure you’ll be staying in areas that have available Wi-Fi.
Outlining your itinerary well in advance of your departure can really help you stick to a schedule. Even the simple act of entering your to-dos into a planner can help cement your timetables in a mental sense. Once you’ve got your agenda down in writing, it will not only be easy to refer to, but it will take on a sense of permanence. Then, once you’ve got your plan in place, refer to it often so that you always know where you need to be and how much time you’ll need to get there.
Research Your Destination
If you’ve never visited San Diego before, you’ll want to scout the city out in advance. Take a look at your favorite map app or website. See what’s in the neighborhood near where you’ll be staying. Restaurants, cafés, grocery and convenience stores, transit options, and co-working spaces are all easily searchable on a site like Google Maps (or on our blog!). Once you get the lay of the land, it’ll be much easier to know what’s nearby and where you may need to go to stay on-track during your stay.
Feed Your Mind
You’re on vacation — at least, in a sense — so it may be tempting to go into “getaway mode” and take advantage of restaurants, fast food, and travel snacks. It’s understandable. Still, if you can stick as much as possible to eating what you would in an ordinary work week, your brain will thank you. By not loading up on junk food, drive-thru dinners, and other fat and sugar bombs, you’ll have a much better chance at staying focused when it’s time to get down to business.
Make Time to Enjoy Yourself
You’re in a new city. And you’re going to want to get out and explore. Especially since San Diego has so much to offer! So cut yourself a little bit of slack. Be sure to build some time into your schedule to get out and enjoy some museums, historical landmarks, or maybe a Padres game. We’re big fans of our fair city, so we’d even recommend taking an extra day on one end of your trip or the other (if not both!) to soak up some fun, sun, and whatever else you’d like to experience while here.
Choose the Right Accommodations
Opting for the best hotel is always a top consideration when traveling, but it’s especially so when traveling for business. You’ll want to choose lodging that offers free high-speed Wi-Fi, in-room desks, and on-site dining so that you’re never far from a hearty meal to stay fueled up. And of course, you’ll need one that has a pool, an in-house bar, and a fitness center so that you can relax when it’s time to clock out. Holiday Inn Bayside offers all this and much more. So when you book your stay with us, you know that both halves of the phrase “working vacation” will get equal consideration.