Taking a Bite out of Business Travel

My wife Stephanie and I are just returning from a 5 day trip to Boston and New Hampshire, where I was attending the Inbound Marketing Summit – the brainchild of Chris Brogan, Paul Gillin and David Merman Scott. This trip, like many others that Steph and I have been fortunate to take this year, is an excellent example of how we like to take a bite out of business travel.

I’ve been traveling for business most of my adult life. To say I enjoy travel – for business and for pleasure – would be for the most part a huge understatement. I believe that this is because I choose to travel differently the some business folk. I make a concerted effort to enjoy not just the business meetings – but the places they’re being held. This latest trip is a great example.

It would have been very simple to fly into Boston on Tuesday night, attend the conference Wednesday and Thursday, and fly back out Thursday night.

I chose, however, to invite my wife to come up with me and do something we as a couple had not had a chance to do – see Boston and New England.

We took the time to meet our friends Paul and Dana Gilin in Boston for dinner, which turned out to be one of the many highlights of the trip. You know you’re enjoying the company when you are walking back to your car after dinner and realize it’s been over 3 hours since you sat down to eat!

Like I said, we could have stopped there – flown home on Thursday and been done. Instead we rented a car and headed north to New Hampshire for the weekend. We chose Portsmouth, NH, one of the prettiest seaside towns in the area, for what turned out to be the best three day weekend we have enjoyed in a very long time.

You see, it’s the peak of – as the locals call it – leaf peeping season. The Fall colors are bright and vibrant – oranges, reds and yellows mixed in with greens.

We traveled north to New Hampshire and purposely stopped at an apple farm and picked our own apples. We even ate them right from the tree! Not to mention the hot apple cider and cider donuts!!

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This is an atypical trip for most, I get that part. But only by design. Even if you have a few hours in a city, I strongly suggest instead of eating out the familiar chain restaurant, find a local favorite. Don’t know where to find them? Try the Food Network website and look up a local Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives favorite! We’ve done this several times with great success.

Finally, one last piece of advice. As we were driving back to Boston to catch our flight home, I asked Steph her favorite part of the trip. After agreeing it was hard to choose, she finally said “the fact that we didn’t have anything scheduled.”

Case in point – as we were driving around Portsmouth, NH on Sunday we decided to drive across a bridge to explore the other side. We ended up in Maine! Totally unplanned, unexpected and a true delight.

So, my best advice to you, don’t live by a schedule when you take a bite out of your business travel. Set aside time to explore the city you’re in without an itinerary. If you miss something or run out of time, you won’t be disappointed. AND what you did discover will be a much richer experience.

The next time you find yourself on a business trip – no matter what city you find yourself in – stop and enjoy the local culture you’ll be glad you took the time to take a bite!

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  2. Ash says:

    I really like this post. Thanks for showing me how business travel can be fun.

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