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.
New York City New York Travel
So nice they named it twice. As a business consultant travel in New York City is a dream come true. If you live here, then you know you can travel from here to there, very easy, no matter where your client is located. Being a major business city, you can have a ton of potential clients and a multitude of ways to travel around New York. And when one method of travel doesn't work you can always find an alternate means of transportation to your preferred business destination. In support of the horses in New York which by the way just hosted the Super Bowl, they are great way to travel, albeit expensive if you are on a limited work budget. But sans having a love interest which is how one usually travels on the horse carriages, I advise you stop and enjoy the horse carriage rides as it is one of those unique New York travel activities.
Vancouver British Columbia
This one extremely business travel friendly coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. A West Coast city where travel is just as easy as being in New York City or any major city. The people are friendly and the business opportunities for consulting are many as it is located in a very populated area. Highly recommended city and remember it’s an entry point for travel to Alaska for many cruise lines.
SanDiego California Warm wonderful and powerful environment
San Diego is warm and inviting when it comes to doing business and extremely inviting when it comes to leisure after work activities. As a business center it has lots of big buildings downtown which also means lots of business consulting options that may need your consulting skills. The city is easy to get around and many big business conventions on a regular bases like Comic Con and the World Cup.
Ottawa, Ontario, CA Wonderful seasonal opportunties
Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and the fourth largest city in the country. It is not a very large but has loads of politicians and business owners. For consulting there are lots of business choices in town and at all the business venues directly outside the city. It's also great pace to go see Montreal and or visit Toronto and come back. Seasonal activities abound since you can skate the canal to work in winter and ride your bike in summer on the canal.
Boston, Mass. Commitment and focus
Boston is the capital and largest city of the state of Massachusetts. You always hear the word hearty and strong when talking about the New England folks of the North. Boston is packed with things to do, get ready to experience history, culture, plenty of good food, and lots of walking. It’s a small version of a big city. Boston has a condensed downtown that makes business travel in this city very easy. Since it’s a major business terminal port city, there will be a load of consulting opportunities for just about any type of business.
Toronto, CA. Fast, furious and delightful
Toronto to me is best explained as the major city in Canada and a small version of New York City. As to your business travel, it definitely easier then New York however the trains and planes and cabs are just as fast and convenient as any other city. Being a big city, there are an unlimited amount of business consulting opportunities.
New Orleans, Miss One lively jumpin town
New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. Having fun, while working is a major activity of a business consultant. There is nothing more appropriate then a good golf game, a festival and an easy way to move around town in a city that can be termed the survivors. They understand what it takes to succeed in life and business. New Orleans is self-contain, historic, inspiring and a great place to conduct business.
Oslo, Norway Cold Warm Expansive views
If you love northern activities you will love Norway. Oslo Norway is easy to get to from the US and they are a very cosmopolitan city. While some traditional rules may take some getting used to, if you are not a native. If you have an opportunity to be a consultant, it’s highly recommend you go on assignment. The folks are friendly and the travel by car is easy but if you hate driving you can get a cab to almost anywhere in Downtown Oslo.
Austin, Texas, country, cowboys and more.
Austin Texas is one of those really great small cities. Austin is the capital of Texas, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in the state of Texas. Business travel is easy and the folks are extremely friendly. While being small means a smaller set of available business activities and opportunities for consultants, there are still many available options to do some serious business. Once there you will see that getting around is extremely easy.
Newark, NJ Bustling and growing environment
Newark NJ is the home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team and is a city that seems to be on the comeback trail for a long time. When it comes to doing business, Newark is home to over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Like Prudential Financial, PSEG and according to Newark’s Brick City Development Corporation that’s in addition to more than 10,000 businesses. It is also an easy city for travel as the Newark International Airport is located just outside of Newark City proper. Newark also has many colleges and entrepreneurial think tanks located in the downtown area.