After a year of virtual meetings and staying inside, people are itching to be on the move and traveling again. In fact, of 10,000 Americans surveyed, 76% percent of respondents said they plan to travel more than they did in 2020, and 60% of respondents said they plan to travel more than they did in 2019. As the economy gets back on its feet, business travel will increase around the country. However, after a long period of uncertainty, many have adopted a ”carpe diem” mentality and want to get out there, use those pent up PTO days, and experience the world through leisure travel. We understand that after this period of time without traveling, your planning skills may be a bit rusty. The Westshore Alliance has put together a list of tips and tricks to make the most out of your time when traveling.
With many people on the move in 2021, it is essential to plan ahead and book your tickets in advance. When flying, we recommend booking your ticket around two to three months in advance for the best prices. Some airlines have social distancing restrictions in place, so it is best to secure your spot early. If you opt for the road trip instead, we recommend looking at the map and planning your stops along the way.
Where in Westshore?
Stay the Right Way
After a long and tiring day of sightseeing or business meetings, you want to come back to top-notch accommodations. When finding a place to stay, make sure to focus on the 3 C’s: cleanliness, comfort, and cost-effective. We recommend looking up hotel reviews and photos online to find the perfect stay for your trip.
Wine and Dine
Whether traveling for business or leisure, staying full and satisfied is important to fuel your trip. Whether you opt for casual quick-service restaurants on-the-go or want a fine dining experience, researching local restaurants at your travel destination will save you time. Researching local restaurants and reviews on Yelp and making reservations on OpenTable in advance provides for a stress-free experience while traveling. If for some reason you forget this step, asking a local resident for a restaurant recommendation is always a good idea!
Getting Down to Business
Face-to-face business meetings and presentations are returning, and the Westshore District can help you prepare. Some offices are operating on a remote or hybrid workspace, and may need a place to host large or important meetings. When traveling for business or hosting clients and colleagues from out of town, Westshore provides options large and small for these business meeting needs.
If you prefer a casual space with cold brew at your fingertips, one of Westshore’s coffee shops may be the perfect place for you to work for the day or hold an informal meeting. Some of Westshore’s unique coffee shops include The Blind Tiger Cafe and Networking Lead’s Coffeehouse.