One of the great things when you travel for business, is seeing cities and people in a different light. As an employee, I traveled a lot but usually with the corporate team so the travel trip usually consisted of in and out. I would be in a great city and never even know what happened in the city while I was there. I went airport, hotel, sleep (maybe), office and back to airport in many cases.
My problem is I never understood the get in, get out mentality. The business paid for me to travel 3,000 miles to a city I will never see again or would not normally go to and we never stopped and see it. This never made sense to me so now as a self-employed business consultant, when it’s time to go on the road, I do the work, but I also learn to stop and smell the roses. Taking a side trip is mandatory for me and anyone with me.
That said, when traveling during your business development activities don’t just bring back business, get inspired, visit a few places and who knows what you will bring back. So this is my list of my favorite travel destinations, that contain very friendly people and sights to take advantage of and remember all work and no play makes for a very dull lifestyle.