The best business trips, like the finest mullets, combine elements of the professional and the pleasurable. Mehreen Ali, Operations Support Administrator at OnDeck, does not have a mullet. (Rocketrip’s legal team has asked us to be very clear about that fact.) However, Mehreen is an experienced business traveler, so we got in touch to ask her a few questions about her recent trips.
You can read her responses below, in the latest installment of our How I Rocketrip series.
Tell us a little more about your business travel. Are you on the road often? What's the most recent trip you've been on?
I usually travel three or four times a year. My most recent trip was to New York City for a training session.
Would you describe yourself as a frugal traveler? Once you get a Budget to Beat, how do you look for ways to save?
I wouldn’t say I’m very frugal. I spend where it’s necessary and definitely pay for convenience. However, at the same time, I look for ways to save. For example, I try to beat my budget by finding the most affordable hotel as long as it provides basic necessities such as free WiFi and is in a good location.
Where in the world you most like to travel?
I absolutely love Dubai. I went there once in 2013 and was mesmerized by everything. There is so much to do there and so little time. The architecture, food, shopping malls, nightlife is simply amazing. I plan on going back again soon.
Can you think of any great meals or fun memories from a work trip? No worries if nothing comes to mind. Sometimes business travel's all business.
On my recent trip to New York, a lot of people from the office went to a local pub for karaoke night. This experience was a lot of fun for me and gave me a chance to mingle with people from our New York office.
You're based out of Washington, D.C. Any suggestions for how someone could spend a free afternoon if they were traveling there for business?
My suggestion for someone traveling to DC would be to visit the museums (most of them are free) and memorials. The National Zoo also provides free admission. Another option is to take a stroll along the Potomac River.