• Inspiring business travel

    Stephanie Miller
    Travel the world, explore new places, and experience the local cultures — a common desire shared by many. For some, the opportunity to do so arises via business trips. How many times have you been somewhere on a business trip and thought, “It’d be really great to come back here on my own time someday?” Sometimes business travel can inspire personal travel.

    I’ve recently heard about and seen pictures of places my colleagues have gone to for work; places that I’d like to some day visit now and spend some personal time at.

    Brussels, Belgium Photo contributed by Santiago Vallejo

    Brussels, Belgium
    Photo contributed by Santiago Vallejo

    Brussels, Belgium: What’s not to love about Brussels, even on a business trip? The Belgians are famous for many gastronomic wonders: waffles, chocolate, frites (French fries) and strong beer. I would definitely want to visit when I have free time to explore the city’s beautiful architecture and 80-plus museums.

    Mount Hood, Oregon Photo contributed by Jason Ellingson

    Mount Hood, Oregon
    Photo contributed by Jason Ellingson

    Mount Hood, Oregon: My colleague took absolutely gorgeous pictures while visiting Mount Hood for work. After doing a little research, I found out that the area is top-rated as a road trip destination, making it a prime candidate for a personal trip. There are a lot of outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking and more.

    Savannah, Georgia Photo contributed by Brianna Conway

    Savannah, Georgia
    Photo contributed by Brianna Conway

    Savannah, Georgia: Stealing away for a few moments in between meetings would never be enough to explore this quaint town. So much history can be found in Savannah! It was the last colony added to the USA’s original Thirteen Colonies. Its grand architecture, oak trees draped with Spanish moss, old cemeteries, and cobbled streets could provide hours of exploring.

    What business trips have you taken that have inspired you to book a return trip on your own time? Or perhaps you’ve had free time during your business trips to explore the city you were in? Share your experiences and memories with us in the comments below!

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