How to turn any business trip into a mini-break

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Make the most of being somewhere new – even if you spend most of your time in an office

Use those jet-lagged hours

Strolling in the early hours can be magical, and make you feel like you’re the only traveller in town. Some places, like markets, are at their best very early. You could even aim for a celebrated cross-town coffee shop for breakfast, giving you a slice of local life before your colleagues are ready to get down to work.

Look at listings before you travel

Getting tickets for a show or sporting event can be easier than you think, and often impresses your hosts. A spare ticket for a baseball match or concert rarely goes begging.

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Make the most of down-time

Even the busiest schedules include spare hours, such as lunchtime or pre-dinner. Look into cycle-hire schemes that could allow you to whizz around and see something of the city.

Go for the big thing

One ‘must-do’ in the city? Make plans to see it with a colleague in advance of arriving. This can help to make it a more concrete part of your schedule when you might be tempted to drop it in favour of another working dinner.

Pro tip from Tom Otley, Editorial Director at Business Traveller

Pack your trainers: many larger hotels offer jogging maps with pre-planned routes around parks, traffic-free paths and even landmarks.

This excerpt has been taken from Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips.