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5 Vacation Destinations to Improve your Business

5 Vacation Destinations to Improve your Business

Date: February 1st, 2016 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Entrepreneurism, How To Manage Clients & Tough Issues

In my profession, I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and experience all sorts of different people, places and things.

I’ve previously shared with you the top 10 things to do before you die. Now, I want to share with you some of my favourite travel destinations, while also connecting the necessity of traveling for business with a slightly larger idea.

If you haven’t heard of synetics, I highly recommend you put some time and energy into learning about this way of thinking. Put simply, synetics is an approach to problem solving in a rational and creative way.

If you’re presented with a business problem and you’re sitting in a boardroom with no inspiration, your solutions will most likely be negative. You and your team will be thinking of ways to cut costs, reduce expenses, and will probably end up leaving a few people out of work.

However, if you take that same group of people on a trip – say you put them next to a river or mountain – your team will begin to think more positively. They will be thinking about how to increase profits and sales – not to cut them. Synetics helps you think creatively by “growing” your way out of the problem. You just might come up with a better, more positive decision.

With that said, if you have an important decision to make – travel somewhere to make it! Here are my top 5 picks for traveling when clearing your head and making a large business decision.

1) Salcombe, England

Salcombe is a small fishing and sailing town in the South Hams district of Devon, in southwest England. It’s an absolutely stunning resort town with beautiful, quaint cobblestone streets, delicious restaurants and pubs.

I used to keep a boat there and go for 2-3 weeks every summer with my boys! I can still remember the town’s classic Crepe Suzette, which is an English delicacy (but basically just burnt pancakes with marmalade).

This is one of the most relaxing places you can visit, and I highly recommend taking a trip here if you are in need of some thinking time.

Related: The 3 rules for working on the move.

2) Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world at 1,626,000 meters. It lies 5.5 kilometers north of the town Siem Reap in Cambodia.

And why do I recommend this religious monument when you need to clear your head?

If you go to the temple at dawn or sunset, you can see the sunrise, which shows its exact reflection in the moat in front of you. It’s one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen.

A major part of synetics is to focus on something else while your brain subconsciously solves a problem. I think staring at Angkor Wat and its reflection is an excellent way to do this.

3) East Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada

Vancouver Island has become an extremely popular tourist destination in recent years, however, it can still be relaxing and enjoyable if you go to the right spots!

If you travel to the northeast coast by the Fraser River, you’ll find yourself in a secluded space for only $100 a night if you get a cabin. Just a few nights spent on Vancouver Island will leave your mind refreshed and ready for what’s next to come.

4) Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Anegada is the northernmost island of the British Virgin Islands, which I am proud to call my home (or, one of my homes).

There is something very special and magical about Anegada – the white sands, the turquoise water, the calm in the air … If you need somewhere to let your mind wander, Anegada deserves your top consideration.

You’ll notice on this list that nearly every place I go to for inspiration has water next to it. I have a strong connection with water and it's where I feel the most at peace, which translates into better decision making.

Related: Tips for frequent flyers.

5) Wherever your grandparents are

This one is simple. We all too often forget to pay our grandparents the attention they deserve and underestimate their expertise. Make a point to visit your grandparents when faced with a tough business decision, and I can promise you will not regret it.

Did I miss your favourite travel destination? Comment below and let me know!

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