Q. This summer, what is the best place to travel for your business and why?
The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
1. Central America
I love surfing, so I base my trips around places where I can surf. Central America has world-class waves with some great surf resorts, which house around 20 surfers at a time from all over the world. This presents a great opportunity to build lasting friendships with people that have all sorts of different backgrounds such as business owners, executives, engineers, doctors etc.
– Chris Kane, Bounceboards LLC
2. Wine Country
Retreats have become such a large part of company culture. I prefer the kind of summer business retreat that allows you and your team to clear your minds for a day or two. Wine country like Napa Valley, CA is a cross between the outdoors and a spa-like atmosphere. It resonates with my team by being a place we can speak freely, ideate, create, build and relax.
– Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.
My second favorite non-U.S. city for business is Tokyo, right after London. I believe that they have their fingers on many pulses for the next big thing. It’s a perfect place to study innovation rising from the ground up, but also one that’s filled with a ton of adventure to blow off steam and bond as a whole.
– Rob Fulton, Matikis
4. The Mountains
Take a retreat to anywhere that features mountains. Too many people use vacations to relax. Us entrepreneurs aren’t programmed to do that. In order to satisfy our active selves, use your energy to do something physically active. This will also clear your head and give you plenty of time to think of your next moves when you return to the office.
– Logan Lenz, Endagon
5. Hong Kong
Really, traveling anywhere will do you good. But if I had to narrow it down to one place, I’d say Hong Kong. It’s a fast city with completely new experiences that will help you look at ordinary things in a completely new way.
– Brooke Bergman, Allied Business Network Inc.
6. The Host City of Industry Events
You should always be going to the best industry events. It’s the one place where you can meet potential clients, partners and anything else that you need to make your business more successful. Don’t waste your travel dollars on one meeting city by city. Go where everyone else is already going.
– Andy Karuza, Brandbuddee
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