How to make traveling for work fun

I have two work trips coming up this month, one to Parsippany NJ and one to Boulder Colorado. Obviously one of those destinations is a little bit more exciting than the other, but I always try to make the best of my time traveling for work by having a little fun. Here are a few of my tips for having fun while traveling for work: 1. Take responsibility for booking client dinners and happy hours- I always try to take the lead on booking where I eat or meet up with my clients. That way I can find a restaurant that really embodies the spirit of wherever I am visiting. I can also try and fit in a quick sightseeing stop on my way to dinner or happy hour. I find that people don't like to pick dinner places anyway, so I am always happy to take the lead on that.

2. Have a walking meeting- If I have a client or coworker I want to catch up with in a less formal way, I often recommend a walking meeting. I pick a place we can walk to and use the time on the way and back to catch up. This obviously doesn't work for a formal meeting, but it works great for a catch up or quick meeting.

3. Extend your trip to visit friends- If possible, I love to extend my trip and visit with friends. Last year during my work trip to Atlantic City, I extended my trip to visit with friends in Philadelphia. It makes a work trip so much more fun if have a great trip to look forward to after.

4. Don't be afraid to wake up early and explore- I've mentioned this before that I always wake up early on vacation to work, but I also always wake up early on work trips to explore. Sometimes it is tough because stuff isn't open, but I always try and save one morning to walk around see the sites.

What are some of your best tips for making work travel more fun?

This post is linking up with the #sundaytraveler linkup! Thanks to Pack Me To!