Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, but what about if you’re traveling for business? Work-related travel is often busy and hectic, and you rarely get an opportunity to get out and explore. This Fort Lauderdale travel guide will help make the most out of your business trip.
Network on the Plane
Before your plane arrives at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, you can meet new people by simply spending a few minutes chatting with your airplane seatmate. Ask them about their interests, where they’re heading, or perhaps what they do for a living. Sometimes you just get to pass the time on a long flight by speaking with an interesting person. Other times, you can make a business connection.
Exchange business cards with your seatmate at the end of the flight. Even if you don’t work in the same industry, you never know when your seatmate might have contacts that could prove helpful to your business.
Join a Loyalty Program
If you travel often for business, it is worthwhile to join the reward or loyalty programs that many airlines, hotels, or rental car companies offer. These programs are especially beneficial to frequent travelers because they can earn points that can be applied toward discounted rates or benefits, including early plane boarding or car rental upgrades.
Take the Scenic Route
Depending on where your business meetings are being held, you might be able to skip travel on roadways and enjoy a scenic route to the office. The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi allows visitors to buy tickets that are valid for 12 hours and travel by boat to any of the 15 convenient stops around the city.
If your office is close to one of these stops, you can enjoy a morning ride to the office while preparing for your day or travel with your business partners to one of the many restaurants located near the stops for a scenic working lunch.
Dine in a Local Restaurant
When traveling for business, it’s easy to eat at the usual chain restaurants. Instead, try a local restaurant. Ask your business partners for their recommendations, or ask them to join you at one of many local restaurants. Even better, eat somewhere with a waterfront view. Just imagine unwinding from the stress of a long day of meetings by enjoying fresh Florida seafood, sitting on a veranda, and enjoying a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a Walk Along the Beach
One of the best ways to make the most out of your business trip is to take time to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s most famous feature — the miles of white sandy beach that stretch along the Atlantic Ocean. Stroll the brick-lined beachfront promenade and enjoy the sound of crashing waves while the wind rustles the palm trees that grow along the beach.
Even though the purpose of your visit is business, there’s sure to be a way to turn your trip into a mini-vacation by enjoying some of Fort Lauderdale’s best features.