Thanks to mobile devices and 24/7 connectivity, it’s as convenient now to reply to an email at a beach, a museum entrance or a shopping mall as it is from a desk. That ability makes it easier for travelers to extend a business trip, unwind and explore a destination after attending the meeting or conference that required their presence away from home.
It also makes financial sense to stretch a trip; if you’ve been sent to any of the world’s great cities on business and booked into a hotel with a comfy bed, why not have a partner join you there instead of making a separate visit later? These tips can help you to have a successful “bizcation:”
Plan Ahead. To inspire your next trip, Lufthansa Travel Guides offer information on more than 100 of the world’s top destinations. On the site you can access city maps with points of interest, top sights, and recommendations on hotels, restaurants and nightlife.
Check Points. If you normally lodge with a specific brand, you may be able to get a preferred rate or pay for the entire stay with points. Want to venture a bit farther? Travelers who belong to any of the 27 Star Alliance members’ frequent flyer programs and have accrued sufficient miles can redeem them across the network for upgrades and free flights.
Spa-aah. Consider indulging in a spa stay, where weekday stresses can be massaged away. Southwest Germany has 57 locations that include modern spas, hot springs, fresh air, and sylvan surroundings.
Drive in Style. Should business take you to Zurich, you can hop a high-speed train to Munich four hours away — and rent a scooter, motorcycle, current vehicle or vintage classic to explore a bit of Bavaria.
Find a Festival. Revelry ensues at gatherings around the world. From Chinese New Year celebrations across Asia and the United States to Carnival in Rio to Oktoberfest in Munich to India’s Pushkar Camel Festival, the fun begins when you arrive.
Shop ‘Til You Drop. At a souk, flea market, bazaar or even a mall, browsers discover things they simply can’t get at home. The recently opened Mall of Berlin, the largest in Germany, boasts 270 stores and is just 15 minutes from Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Museum (should you also want to do some sightseeing).
Connect with Locals. Exploring a destination with an insider can enrich a visit immeasurably and even lead to a lifetime friendship. Several sites connect travelers with interesting and knowledgeable hosts: On Vayable, local amateur experts offer tours and experiences, many off the beaten path. Eatwith is a global dining community. For a fee, a traveler can dine on an authentic meal with others in a good cook’s home.
Fly with Lufthansa. Lufthansa — along with partners Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS — serves over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries.