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Business Trips Don't Always
Have To Be All About Business


Business Trips Don’t Always Have To Be All About Business

What goes into your suitcase when packing for an overseas business trip? A couple of smart outfits, a laptop and a compact toiletry kit are just a few of the things that seasoned business travellers consider essentials for corporate trips.

But what about a guide book? Short business trips can often wind up being a blur of taxis, meetings and new faces, and the fact that you’re in an unfamiliar destination with architectural and cultural treasures waiting to be uncovered can often pass you by. It’s only on the plane home when it’s too late that you might regret not spending some of your time exploring and enjoying the destination you have travelled to.

While the point of business trips is primarily business, what’s the point of travelling to an entirely new country if you’re not going to set aside even a small amount of time to explore it? So next time you find yourself in foreign lands and you have a couple of hours leisure time between meetings, use it wisely and go explore.

Things to do when visiting some of the world’s top business cities


After making the long journey to China, it would be a shame not to put your tourist hat on for a day or two. Travel on the world’s first commercially operated high speed magnetic levitation line or enjoy the tranquillity of Yuyuan, the most famous garden in Shanghai, which offers a peaceful haven in the heart of this crowded city. The Jade Buddha Temple is also worth a visit as it is one of the most renowned Buddhist shrines in Shanghai.


“There are nine million bicycles in Beijing...” This well-known Katie Melua song may not be one hundred per cent factually accurate but the city is certainly famous for the vast volumes of bikes, making a bicycle tour a must-do. Make time for Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, and a tour of the Forbidden City. If you get the time, pencil a trip to the Great Wall into your schedule. To say it would be lamentable to go home without having seen this Wonder of the World is an understatement.


Another jewel in the enigmatic East, Singapore is a magnet for leisure travellers. However, it also happens to be one of the globe’s best business centres on the Asia Pacific. Once the working day is done, get a taste for Singapore’s rich history by exploring its delectable Indian, Chinese and Indonesian cuisines. Singapore is also home to some important World War II sites, the beautiful National Orchid Garden and spectacular panoramic views at The Southern Ridges if you’re feeling energetic.

Las Vegas

An unlikely business destination – or so you might think. While Las Vegas is famous for its night life and is a notorious destination for stag and hen dos, it is also the second most frequented US city by business travellers. If you are lucky enough to jet to this glitzy city on business, there are plenty of touristy things to do. Trying your hand at a spot of (responsible) gambling is a must and the vibrant colours of the Red Rock Canyon will leave long lasting memories.

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