They say: “find a job that you love and you never have to work a day in your life again.” For many people, business travel is an inherent part of the job description thus those love to wander seek out work that allows them to fulfill their travel dreams.
While some point out the tax benefits of conventions on cruise ships or taking advantage of a long saturday night layover, true travel fans see opportunities to discover new places and cross places off their travel bucket lists.
If you too want to add a leisure component to a productive work trip, here are 7 awesome travel destinations to target.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If Sin City is good enough to host the IRS’s retreats, it is definitely good enough for your own business trips. Las Vegas has top-class party hotels with all the amenities one can dream of. That means gastronomic restaurants for your team lunches, well-equipped conference rooms, and the Strip for walks to freshen your mind and feast your eyes on the unbelievable sights of this wonder city. Did we talk about the late-night pool parties and casinos? Vegas can definitely liven up even the dullest of business trips.
Dubai is a business oasis that sprung out of the harsh mid eastern deserts. From the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest man-made skyscraper to the Dubai Mall – also the biggest in the world -, the crown jewel of the Emirates is a city of superlatives.
Explore the city, its modern sensations and century-old souks. The Madinat Jumeirah has everything to suit all your R&R needs; from modern shops to lavish hotels. Take to the desert for hot balloon rides, safaris, and sandboarding.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is great for partying without giving up on your high-standards. Prague is an architectural paradise and an underrated European destinations, highly frequented by English tourists. Its array of luxurious hotels, big brand stores, and its vibrant nightlife is mind-blowing without the hefty price tag. In fact, a night out complete with a three-course dinner, a couple of cocktails and a four-star hotel stay goes for less than USD $200.
Barcelona is about 390 miles away from Madrid, the third largest European city and a business center for media, tech, and telecom companies. The Catalan stronghold is perfect to mix business and pleasure, especially if you are interested in culture, sea, and seafood.
Catalonia is proud of its identity and wants to preserve it while making it accessible to the world. From the Sagrada Familia Basilica to the popular Sardana dancing, the beach bars on the Mediterranean coast, there is plenty to entertain you for days. Plus late dining means the restaurants and other nightlife venues remain open and booming until the early dawn.
Miami is world-famous for its pretty people, lively nightlife, and city attractions. The beaches are welcoming to all sorts of crowds, though the most exclusive tourist interests don’t come cheap.
Miami is also a departure port for sightseeing cruises heading out to the most beautiful Caribbean cities. Many businesses seal their most important deals on cruise ships. These floating hotels have everything you could dream of, especially exotic cocktails and unique events. They only dock to let you and your business partners stroll down tropical beaches taken straight off postcards.
If you are among those who haven’t heard much about this booming Chinese metropolis, it is absolutely OK. Guangzhou lives and thrives in the shadows of Beijing and Shanghai with a long-lasting reputation of being a manufacturing city. The keyword here is “booming”. Guangzhou is fast-growing as the capital of the richest province in China.
Whatever brings you to China yourself, take a timeout to visit the city thoroughly. Among the top attractions, there are sacred mountains and protected parks as well as century-old temples and Zen gardens. Of course, you must indulge in the signature dishes of Cantonese cuisine. Hong Kong is just two hours away.
Why Nantes instead of Paris? The French capital is a major international business center with the largest concentration of front-office and insurance companies on the Old Continent. Just think BNP Paribas or AXA, for starters. But Paris is too much of an obvious destinations for tourists which makes it crowded all year long and expensive.
Meanwhile Nantes stands out for its quality of living and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city of the Pays de la Loire is not only an innovation hub – highly ranked worldwide- but also a flourishing college town.
Explore the best of French pop culture without giving up on the luxury and convenience of Euronantes – the city’s innovative business district.
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