Hi everyone! I recently traveled to Boston for the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention for work purposes, and of course my adventurous spirit came with me. I love traveling to new places and making the best of any free time I have. I know it’s hard to fit in free time when you have responsibilities (#adultingprobs), however, I have brought you some tips. Read more below on how to maximize your exploring time on a work trip, what technology you can use to make this easier, and quick places you can visit while in Boston.
take red eye flights
If possible, a red eye flight is a great way to maximize your time. I left Tuesday late night after work and arrived early Wednesday morning. This gave me the opportunity to use my entire first day to explore since most of my team was scheduled to arrive in Boston on Wednesday late afternoon/evening.
google search top 10 in _______ (or just facebook)
All cities have their hometown favorites or must sees. With social media engagement being a priority for our millennial community, you can use FB to check in your location or ask for tips. Once I checked in to Boston, I had people comment and tell me their favorite places, so I got instant feedback on popular places and things to do in the city. This is great when you are in a rush with no time to research. However, if you have some time, then Google is definitely key when finding your Top 10 things to explore.
search for free
Since you have limited time, you don’t want to pay full price when you’re not even sure if you will be able to take full advantage. When I got to Boston, I searched for places that are free & open to the public as well as museums. Most museums have nights where you can attend for free or a discounted rate (I visited MFA Boston because there is free admission on Wednesday nights *voluntary donation). The city of Boston holds a lot of history, so I got the opportunity to visit many cool places.
don't be a homebody
It is easy to let time pass by being at the hotel sleeping or relaxing. I’m all down for rest, but with limited time, I wanted to make sure that I took full advantage. For example, after I realized that the MFA Boston had free Wednesday nights, I made it a mission to go. However, the flight must have took a toll on me because I went back to the hotel to change clothes but ended up taking a nap (lol). I woke up that night so confused and everything in me was saying to go back to sleep. Yet, I jumped out of bed, got dressed really quick, and called an Uber to take me to the museum. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made on the trip!
With the opportunity to balance my schedule, I had a wonderful time during NSBE Convention. It is always a good time attending professional development workshops, catching up with old friends, exploring new places, and of course being surrounded by beautiful, educated, and intelligent black people.
Did you attend #NSBE42? If you have visited Boston, did I miss any of your favorites? Also, feel free tell me how you use your free time during your work travel. Leave your insights below in the comments!
*all photos taken by Kimberly B. Gant