Last week, I spent 5 days in sunny Florida for a business trip. The venue for this event was going to be Miami Beach. Quite an odd choice for a business gathering as Miami Beach screams ‘holiday’, but I guess there are worse places to be sent to, so I won’t complain.
One of my friends asked me if I would have time to go to the beach. I would have an odd hour here or there, but I like the beach for a walk or a run, not for sunbathing. It’s just not for me. More importantly, I do not find it appropriate to lie on the beach in my bikini with my CEO and other business related people walking around.
Her text inspired me to write this post as I find it quite hard sometimes how to combine a professional wardrobe with a leisurely one during such trips. You will see colleagues or business associates in a setting you normally would not see them (over breakfast, at the poolside, in a bar) so you continuously have to be ‘on guard’ and dress the part, even in your free time.
So my rule no. 1 is to keep in mind that I am not on holiday, so I won’t dress like I am. On these trips, you will run into business associates at your hotel / event venue, so make sure you maintain your professionalism and that you dress accordingly. You will have some time for yourself when you perhaps want to put on something more casual, and this I find the most difficult part; dressing down, yet making sure I am still dressed appropriately.
Here is some inspiration I found online;
Rule no. 2: as tempting as it is in warm weather; I avoid chilling at the pool / on the beach. For two reasons: the first one, see rule no. 1; you don’t want to see your CEO in his swimwear either I reckon. Unless you work for David Beckham. 😉 The second one: you are there for work. You do not want to give the impression that you are taking advantage and that you consider your trip to be a mini-holiday instead of work.
If you travel for work, how do you dress during your time off on a business trip?