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Suivez votre bonne étoile


“Suive votre bonne étoile” = “Follow your lucky star”

The tagline of my new favorite parfum, Étoile, from the Fragonard Parfumeur really resonates with me and describes how I have been living in Paris. While I generally have goals, a basic itinerary and places to visit each day, I am allowing spontaneity to direct me. In some ways, I feel that living spontaneously has been my lucky star.

Every day after French class, I leave in a new direction to explore the surrounding neighborhoods of Paris. My adventures started in L’Opera district, Notre Dame, and Montmarte last week. I also spent the weekend on a Seine River cruise, wine tasting at O’Chateau (I highly recommend this to you!), and trying tapas in the Montorgueil neighborhood. This week, I have had no official plans and have stumbled on some very intriguing areas and interesting experiences.

Starting on Sunday, I went on a run from Pont Mirabeau along the Seine River towards the Eiffel Tower. I stumbled upon dozens of tents selling antiques.  It was amazing to see antiques (furniture, paintings, jewelry, trinkets, and more) that were from as early as the 1500-1600s. I was most struck by letters written from the last two centuries, capturing brief moments in Parisians’ lives throughout history. I knew that antiquing was popular in the United States, but not in Paris! I told my host family about this and they said that antiquing is a trend in Paris, and you can actually find pretty affordable items at these markets. While at this point I am not ready to buy antiques, I will remember this when I am decorating my future home.

Yesterday, I planned to walk to Champs d’Elysses after class. En route, I found several cute boutiques and luxury stores and let myself get distracted. With the soldes happening until the beginning of February, it is the ideal time to shop and plan what you will need in the coming months, because soldes only happen twice a year in Paris. I shopped for clothes for my nieces at Chocolat et Tartin (couldn’t resist the most stylish toddler clothes I have ever seen) and had some luck at Zara.  I bought the cutest, most Parisian party shoes that I could find, along with a new black top and washed jeans. I then came across Chaise Longue, which has become one of my favorite places to buy cadeaus for family and friends. The best word I can think of to describe it is quirky, with interesting and unique gifts that are destined to make my loved ones chuckle. I bought an adorable Parisian umbrella and gifts for my parents, which I can’t reveal in case they are reading this :). One of my new expat friends, Chen, stopped by to show me Parisian highlights near L’Opera district. We walked along the Seine River to Pont des Artes, Place St. Michel and through Quartier Latin, which was so lively and welcoming. I was inspired to have a sunset picnic like the locals when mon copain visits me in March. It was interesting to learn from a Chinese-turned-French citizen about living in Paris and previously studying at the University of Lyon. Brag moment: we spoke almost the entire time in French! Imagine a native Mandarin-speaker and a native-English speaker communicating in French; I’m sure the locals were confused if they overheard us! With all the walking, I was starving, so I stopped for une tarte de framboise and un verre du vin rouge. It was the perfect way to end the day and people-watch in Quartier Latin.

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Today after class, I again planned to visit Champs d’Elysses. On my way there, I came across the Musee de Parfum, Fragonard. I learned that there were free museum tours and was intrigued.  I entered the museum, and without realizing it at first, joined a tour group of French senior citizens (mostly women) for a French tour of the museum. I am sure I was out of place, but no one said anything (despite a few glares), and it was interesting to learn about the museum in French to test my comprehension. The tour guide explained the history of the creation of perfume, and specifically Fragonard parfum starting shortly before the First World War. I learned about the olfactive triangle, which was fascinating to discover that a parfumeur is like an artist, combining different levels of scents that appeal to the nose. It was interesting to learn that the founder, Eugene Fuch’s intent was to encourage tourists to take home a “scent of France” from their travels. I was easily convinced to be one of those tourists. At the end of the tour, we were able to sample several fragrances, and I fell in love with the first one, Étoile. I purchased eau de parfum and body lotion. Upon leaving the store, I noticed a crowd of women near stems of what looked like yellow flowers or pines on the ground. One of the ladies informed me that the museum was throwing away extra sprigs of mimosa and we were free to take them. I left the museum with new parfum and a bouquet of mimosa. I’m sure I looked silly carrying freshly cut mimosa flowers as I continued walking throughout the streets of Paris towards Champs d’Elysses.

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My next discovery was a beautiful park near the Grand Palais (which is another site I hope to visit soon). I sat on a park bench and enjoyed the fresh air. I was reminded of the importance of pausing and reflecting – it is easy for me to forget to do this in my daily life in the U.S.

Alas, I reached my desired destination of Champs d’Elysses. At this point I was starting to feel exhausted and was carrying a bouquet of mimosas, which limited me from doing a lot of shopping. I did, however, walk by the Renault store, which sparked my curiosity, because I have studied international business strategy cases about Renault in my IMBA program. I decided to enter the store. Right away, I noticed that their front display included Michelin tires, which was exciting for me as they will become part of my daily language this summer. The next displays showed the latest electric cars and highlighted that Renault sells the most electric cars in Europe. I was impressed to see that the store had a restaurant for customers to relax and recharge while shopping for new vehicles.

Who knew that one afternoon in Paris could combine learning about the history of parfum and the future of mobility and electric cars? C’est la vie de la spontanéité! I truly believe that I have had such diverse and exciting experiences because I have enabled spontaneity in my new Parisian life. I am going to continue follow my lucky star, which is a spontaneous, cheerful, and grateful path to being inspirNational in my daily life.


Best Places to Study Spanish


Check out my latest feature on One World 365!

With the growth of the Spanish-speaking population, particularly in the United States, many more students are seeking to study Spanish and find the best locations for studying Spanish abroad. Britanny VanderBeek has enjoyed studying Spanish in Spain and Latin America, utilizing her Spanish in Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico and in some of the Caribbean islands. Through her travels and study experiences, she has lots of advice and recommendations for countries and cities to study Spanish where you will find cheap affordable courses, low living costs and fantastic tuition.

Are you researching language schools and destinations? If you are looking to learn Spanish on a budget some countries offer better value than other and if you want to not break the bank it is important to make the right decision. There are towns and cities in Spain and Latin America which have lots of excellent Spanish schools for international students and choose the right one can be a tough decision. Whilst most people might consider big cities like Madrid and Barcelona or countries like Mexico and Argentina as the most iconic and best places to study Spanish, it is important to take into consideration other factors like living and course costs, entertainment, lifestyle and experiences available.

If you are a student interested in studying in Spain, don’t be afraid to venture to towns and cities you might not have even heard of before. Usually the lesser known smaller destinations usually have cheaper tuition costs and also more affordable living standards. Also something to consider is that people in each location has a different Spanish accent. This is especially the case in South America where dialects and accents can vary dramatically from country to country. Generally, locals in Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador have the clearest accents to understand and talk relatively slow compared to other places like Peru and Argentina.

  • Salamanca, Spain: Salamancan inhabitants are known to speak “pure” Spanish. This will give you the opportunity to learn traditional Spanish, less influenced by tourism and general European culture than other cities in Spain, such as Madrid and Barcelona. Salamanca is the home of the University of Salamanca, which is the oldest university in Europe. It was declared the World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2002 as a European City of Culture. Everywhere you walk, you will find music, art, and dance performances. It is also known to be a City of Festivals, including Dia de los Reyes Magos, Semana Santa, Corpus Christi, and Feria de Salamanca. Check out my One World 365 post, Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain, to learn more!


  • Costa Rica: Throughout Costa Rica, you will find some of the best natural scenery in Latin America, including La Fortuna, Arenal, and the Monteverde cloud forest. The hospitable culture of Costa Rica will make it easy for you to practice Spanish and learn about all that Costa Rica offers. Check out my inspirNational post, Living La Pura Vida, to learn more about the Costa Rican lifestyle!


  • Santiago, Chile: Santiago places you in the middle of some of the longest stretches of pristine wilderness in the world, including Patagonia, the Atacama desert, and the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego. You will be able to learn Spanish while experiencing some of the most exciting outdoor adventures in the world. For those of you hoping to conduct business in Spanish, Santiago is the perfect place to be. Santiago is one of the fastest growing business capitals in South America, encouraging business people throughout the world to work and live there.  In addition, Chileans are very friendly and interested to help others learn Spanish. They also are proud of their indigenous heritage, as reflected by some of the indigenous words used in their Spanish vocabulary.


  • Guatemala: Guatemala is one of the cheapest places in the world to book a Spanish language courses in Central America and is also one of the most popular. You can find courses as low as $150 USD for a week of intensive Spanish classes including a full home stay. Guatemala is also very safe despite what you might think and there are some great places to book a course including Antigua and the villages surrounding the incredible Lake Atitlan.


  • Nicaragua: Still relatively undiscovered, Nicaragua is a fantastic country to study Spanish if you are looking for an authentic experience which is a far less touristy than other countries in the region. Nicaragua is also one of the best value destinations in terms of course and living costs whilst there are also some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the continent here – all free to visit.


  • Tenerife: Would you like to learn Spanish in Spain whilst experience spectacular surroundings? Consider choosing Tenerife which has a warm climate all year round and is one of the cheapest Spanish islands to visit in terms of the whole package – flights, accommodation and courses. There are lots of Spanish schools on the island offering a range of different courses which are generally a lot cheaper than on the mainland. A 2 week beginners course with 10-20 classes per week and housing will cost around €280. All the main activities in Tenerife are free too like visiting the beach whilst public transport is also very affordable and you will get lots of free time to explore this spectacular island in the your spare.


  • Alicante: Studying Spanish in Spain doesn’t have to be expensive, you just need to choose the right location. Alicante is another one of our top choices, this is a popular tourist hotspot with both international tourists and also students seeking to study languages abroad. This city is very small, you can literally walk to all the major places which means you will get to keep transport costs down. There is also a huge local market where you can buy groceries and food at a fraction of the price of large supermarkets. Spanish courses in Alicante usually start from around €180 for a standard two week course which makes it one of the cheapest places to study Spanish in the whole of Spain.

Each Spanish-speaking country is different and each will provide you with a unique language and cultural experience. There isn’t one definitive perfect location to learn Spanish, you will need to weigh up your interests, budget, type of course you are seeking and also which area of the world you would like to go. I hope my insights and guide to the best and cheapest cities/countries for studying at a Spanish language school are a helpful start as you make the decision about where to study Spanish abroad.

Do you agree / disagree with the suggestions above? Feel free to reach out with any questions or opinions in the comments section below!


Eastern Philosophy to Simplify Life


While in my global strategic management class, I heard the following insightful quote:

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day.” -Lao Tzu

Our class was learning about the importance of considering eastern and western philosophies when expanding business globally. In East Asian strategy, simplification is a priority for business success. As a person who has been mostly influenced by western philosophy, I was inspired by this quote from the eastern part of the world. Outside of the business context, this quote has lifestyle implications about simplifying our days to become wise. I am constantly trying to add more to my life: more school, more certifications, more social events, and more experiences. Tzu’s quote reminds me that I can grow just as much, if not more, by simplifying my life, subtracting distractions and filtering out any excess things.

Source: Oracle Modern Marketing Blog

Source: Oracle Modern Marketing Blog

It has taken me many years to understand the importance of simplification, and it wasn’t until my experience studying abroad in Spain that I learned to simplify and prioritize the people and activities that bring me the most joy and positive energy. Now in graduate school, I am easily tempted to add things every day, but I am working to remind myself to stay focused and prioritize in order to achieve my long-term goals. Graduate school is a time to specialize and if I truly want to be an expert (a happy expert I might add), I need to continue to live simply. Regardless of our life stage, we can all remember the importance of simplification in order to maintain balance at work and at home.

Over the past couple months, I have enjoyed learning global perspectives from my international business classes. It has been fascinating to combine international philosophies in the field of business. I will continue to share my favorite insights with you!

10 Reasons to Become Fluent in Sustainability


In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share with you the importance of sustainable thinking throughout the world. When I first entered the world of sustainable business, I wrote an article, 10 Reasons to Become Fluent in Sustainability. Years later, the same reasons apply for businesses, but I wanted to update you on additional reasons that inspirNational readers should become fluent in sustainability.

Sustainability Defined

sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty (noun): the capacity to endure; the successful meeting of present social, economic, and environmental needs without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs (derived from the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development); a universal language that successful people speak; the way of the future

Source: EcoWorldReactor

Source: EcoWorldReactor

10 Reasons to Become Fluent in Sustainability

1. Prepare for the future: A sustainable mindset is a long-term mindset. It broadens your perspective to think about how you impact the community and the environment now and into the future, through your career, your purchasing decisions, and your daily behavior. It encourages you to plan ahead and take the necessary steps to create a sustainable future for yourself and society.

2. Become aware that the world’s resources are limited. We are already seeing the impacts of unsustainable actions of previous generations, such as unusual weather patterns, shifts in the distribution of wealth, and increased pollution that is harming public health. It is important for us to be aware so that we can change our behavior today and protect resources for future generations.

3. Protect your health: By purchasing sustainable products, such as organic food and goods without toxic chemicals, you will prevent illness, ensure the longevity of your immune system, and promote personal and community wellbeing.

4. Be active in the community: Sustainable behavior encourages you to get involved and volunteer in the community. By giving back, you will be contributing to society and your own wellbeing.

5. Cut costs: Energy and waste create costs. By purchasing products that rely on renewable energy or produce less waste, such as electric cars or recycled paper, you will help reduce waste and emissions and therefore reduce costs in the long-term.

6. Be hip: Socially responsible investing is in style (both from a consumer and a business standpoint). It is not a fad, but rather as timeless as a little black dress. The “cool kids” are sustainable; you should be too.

7. Earn tax incentives: Environmentally and socially-responsible activities give individuals and companies income tax credits for investment, production, or consumption, accelerated depreciation for some capital expenses, exemptions from state or local sales taxes, and cash grants (Learn more from Business Insider).

8. Make your mark on the world. Every dollar you spend is your vote for consumerism. By purchasing unsustainable products, you are encouraging the continuation of their production. By purchasing sustainable products, you are making the statement that you value sustainability, such as labor rights, environmental protection, animal welfare, and community development. Dollars are like words, as they communicate to companies and communities where you would like the world to go now and into the future.

9. Collaborate with your peers, favorite companies, local politicians, and community organizations. Sustainabilty is a global language and fosters collaboration across sectors. Sustainable solutions are cross-sector in nature, and need to include the ideas and opinions of several individuals and organizations in order to have a lasting impact.

10. Find your purpose. Sustainability engages people’s roots, what they truly value and how they want to change the world. We all have a cause that matters to us, so the broad, sustainable mindset enables us to prioritize that cause and make a difference.

Do you have other reasons that you think with a sustainable mindset? If so, please share them in the comments below. I hope that Earth Day reminds us all to appreciate and care for all that our planet offers.

Entrepreneurship and Travel: Abroaders’ Approach


Last fall, through the power of social media, I connected with the founders of Abroaders who are game changers in entrepreneurship and travel.

What is Abroaders?

Abroaders is a resource and community that helps people make travel affordable through frequent flyer points and credit card deals. It provides members with “travel hacking news, members only travel tips, and information on how to leverage international travel for explosive personal growth and business development. Cheers to a life without borders!”


I asked co-founder, A.J. Dunn, to provide us with his perspective on Abroaders’ approach to entrepreneurship and travel. Thank you, A.J., for sharing your insights!

It has never been a better time to consider entrepreneurship.  Especially if you value travel.

There are lots of ways to quench your thirst for travel.  Teaching English abroad, using vacation time to travel, negotiating remote work, etc. If your thirst for travel is similar to mine, the above examples are great, but won’t fully satisfy the need to travel.  I really wanted to travel with no limits.  Never be bound to one location for any reason other than I wanted to be there.  I wanted location independence.  The only way I saw how to do this was win the lottery (be independently wealthy) or have a source of income that didn’t require me to be in any particular place at any particular time unless that was my wish. I chose the latter.

This post isn’t meant to serve as a measuring stick for success, or to measure our travel prowess against one another. So many digital nomads have made more money than me and so many digital nomads have been to more countries than me.  But I am living my dream, and that is all that matters.  We are all on personal journey’s and most of us envision our journey’s to have a different sequence and we are all en route to different places, both literally and metaphorically.

Where you’ve been is nice, where you’re going is exciting, but nothing can compare to right now.

This post is going to outline how I’ve been able to travel the globe (both fast and slow travel) over the last 4 years thanks to entrepreneurship as well as beating the airlines at their own game.

A quick explanation of how I can travel the globe full-time.

Like I said, I am where I want to be.  Maybe it isn’t where you want to be. But there are certain concepts and tools that grant us the true freedom to do with our time whatever it is we please.

In a nutshell, I can travel the globe and experience all things travel because of two things.

  • Entrepreneurship: Using award points and frequent flyer miles allows you to fly for next to nothing….However, food, shelter, water, and having a social life typically require some actual cash.  Entrepreneurship has provided me the income to pay for everything outside of plane tickets.
  • Mastering award travel: International airfare is really expensive.  My business partner and I save tens of thousands of dollars each year thanks to research, a strong attention to detail, and strong systems that have allowed us to master the “frequent flyer miles” or “award travel” game.

Note:  If you’re willing to invest your time and are interested in learning how to master award travel, my company has created some free resources on how to do this.  We created a quick start email course (get sent a series of emails teaching you the essentials).  And we have a weekly podcast that is free and takes a deeper dive into different topics pertaining to award travel. If you want to reap the rewards without investing the time, we have a paid service as well.

Things to consider before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is a wild ride.  I highly recommend you watch this 3-minute YouTube video that explains the entrepreneurial journey in a more concise and elegant way than I can.

Here are some key points and questions I think are very important before you take the plunge

  • Before starting a company, seriously consider having a business partner (will touch on starting a business with a friend later)

At the end of the day, there are like 39842903843342987324 things that need to be accomplished or accounted for.  And what happens if you get sick?  Or have personal things you need to attend to?  In my opinion, a business partner is crucial and it allows you to share some of the stress and responsibility of being the head honcho.

  • Are you mentally tough?

If you aren’t, do yourself a favor and don’t start a company.  Are you offended that I asked that question? Do yourself a favor and don’t start a company.  There are a lot of stressful things about starting and growing a company and if you don’t consider yourself to be mentally tough, you probably can’t handle it, or maybe you could handle it but lack the confidence necessary to grind your way to success.  I haven’t met a successful entrepreneur that wasn’t mentally tough.

  • Do you REALLY want it or would it be nice?

You have to be a good kind of crazy and obsessed with either your business idea or at the very least obsessed with the freedom that a business could provide you.

  • Are you prepared to make a comically low hourly wage in the beginning?

You can definitely achieve great success entrepreneurially and create systems and build a team that allows your company to remain a well-oiled machine without you….But you need to start somewhere, and it’s tough to train somebody to do something if you haven’t done it yourself.  Sure you can source things like web design, and copy writing, but your core product or service, at least at the beginning you will need to be involved.

Quick tip on remote work.

  • Have a reliable work space (especially if you’ve never worked remotely before)

You don’t need an office.  You don’t even need to be a member at a co-working space (although I do advise this). But working remote is more challenging that people think.  I’ve learned I am most productive when I have a dedicated workspace as opposed to working in bed, at a desk, dinner table, then couch, and so on. Working from home is a blessing and a curse.  TV, laundry, your bed, no boss keeping tabs on you.  Those things are the devil and a distraction for your work day.  But there are great pros like saving money on a commute, not having to drive in traffic, and being able to work from anywhere in the world you want.

Questions to answer before starting a company with a friend.

  • Is this a friend that I ever bicker with over petty things?

If you argue about petty things with someone, you should really avoid going into business with them.  Because there will be non-trivial things you’ll have to have very serious conversations about and come to a joint-conclusion.

Erik and I are both rather frank people that naturally seem to avoid pass-aggressive behavior.  This bodes well for a business partnership IMO.  I can tell Erik I think an idea of his will not work and he doesn’t take it personally (I’d like to think I’m the same way).

My next question is really important in regards to coming to those joint-conclusions both people can buy into I previously mentioned and move forward with.

  • Do both friends (or a group of friends) share the same vision and goals for the venture?

What do you both want?  Money?  To make a change?  To offer a service to help as many people as while making sure you can at least pay the bills?  I feel it’s inevitable with any business you’ll come to the following fork in the road: make more money now, or continue to build as much equity as possible in your core business and turn down faster and larger profits.

That fork in the road seems to be a push-pull thing.  Erik and I have gone both ways at different points in our business.  Our decisions pretty much always came back to the vision we both shared for our business.  The first priority was to achieve location independence.  The ability to be anywhere we wanted whenever we wanted. To work from anywhere.  But we also have lofty financial goals as entrepreneurs based on certain future goals we have as individuals (I’m passionate about education and want loads of cash to put into a non-profit in that space).  We also both wanted to have reasonable standards of living on our entrepreneurial journey.  If we both had some cash in our checking accounts in those early days, we decided to turn down quick wins to build equity in the long game or to take some time off and travel.

  • Are you prepared to do more work than your friend, or believe you do more work than your friend without complaining about it?

This thing is cyclical.  There’s times Erik is more motivated than me to work like a crazy person and vice versa.  When you’re in the zone or really passionate and motivated about an aspect of the business to grow and improve, you can’t assume the other person is “there” with you.  It goes both ways and you just need to accept sometimes you’ll do more heavy lifting than the other person.  And there will be times they do more heavy lifting than you.

  • Is the business more important than your friendship?

This isn’t a rhetorical question.  Some people really care about their businesses and are willing to burn a bridge here and there.  Erik and I have known each other forever and from day 1 we agreed the friendship came first. That was a non-negotiable.

This is not a question to answer, but something to take advantage of….This is your friend.  There’s an incredible amount of trust already built.  Leverage this. Continue to allow yourself to trust the person you know and trust the strengths you know they have.  Lots of people go into businesses with certain people for strategic reasons.  There isn’t the trust built up.  There isn’t the chemistry.  This is an advantage you have when you go into businesses with someone you know well.  It limits the emotional and stress overhead of watching finances like a hawk/etc.

Finally, trust your gut!  Our instincts seem to have evolved further than our ability to rationalize and “think” some things out.  This isn’t always the case, but when in doubt, I firmly beleive that whatever your gut tells you should trump everything else.

My hope for this post is that you found  useful information/tools and are inspired to make entrepreneurship and travel a part of your daily life. Feel free to reach out through the Abroaders website if you have any questions.

InspirNationalize Your Business Travel


Business travel is commonly perceived as glamorous. I’m writing this as I am bumped up to first class on my way home from a business trip, so it seems contradictory for me to argue otherwise. After all, business travelers get to visit new places, stay at elegant hotels, and dine in nice restaurants. In the meantime, they are able to escape the day-to-day office setting, learn about new business cultures, and meet new people.

Seasoned business professionals often express that business travel is anything but glamorous. Travel to them means time away from family, an interrupted routine, crowded airports and delayed flights, and less sleep.

Going into two years of business travel as a consultant, I can see the argument to both sides. First starting to travel for business, I couldn’t wait to go to different cities, with the hopeful anticipation that I would have time to explore the destinations. With more and more trips, though, I have learned that business travel involves busy days full of meetings and evenings spent dining with clients or colleagues and preparing for the next day of meetings. Rather than be pessimistic though, I was determined to make the most of my business travel, and inspirNationalize it, focusing on the fact that business travel involves limited time. Below I have captured some tips that have helped me inspirNationalize my business travel, and I invite others with more business travel experience to add their insights as well.

Quick note: inspirNationalize is my latest term relating to an inspirNational mindset, which inspires me to take action! It means to seek opportunities, be worldly, explore, and make the most of any situation.

How can you inspirNationalize your business travel?

Try local food. In my experience, food has been the main special occasion of business travel and is the most common “break” from meetings. You will likely have three square meals a day, so this is your chance to learn about your destination’s culture through cuisine.

Open the blinds of the windows in your hotel or meeting room and watch the sunrise/sunset or the skyline of the place you are visiting. It is challenging for those of us with wanderlust to not get out and explore where we are traveling, but at least we can admire the scenery from a distance.

If you have time to exercise, go outside (weather permitting, of course). Take a walk around the company premises or near your hotel. Ask your hotel concierge about exercise paths throughout the city, which is a great way to multitask (or call yourself a business traveling tourist athlete ;)?) and get a quick tour of your destination.

Read local newspapers or tourist magazines provided in your hotel room. This will increase your awareness about the current happenings, customs, and traditions of your destination. This will help liven and personalize your business conversations in the local area as you will be “in the know” about the latest news and can relate to your business counterparts. It will also provide you with ideas for leisure activities should you have free time or decide to return to the destination for vacation.

Talk to locals. Learn about what they like to do and their lifestyle. For those with extra free time, ask the locals for best restaurants or activities to do while in town. The locals will help you avoid tourist traps and give you a more genuine taste of the location.

Learn about your client or company’s involvement in the community. Their involvement will tell you more about key issues and unique cultural aspects of your destination. In my line of work, this is a natural conversation with my sustainability and corporate responsibility projects. Regardless of your line of work, these conversations are becoming more and more common (in the U.S., and are already common worldwide) as several companies are releasing sustainability reports and integrating corporate responsibility efforts with their overall corporate strategies. You’ll experience a win-win in this case—you’ll learn more about your destination like a traveler with an inspirNational mindset and you’ll also develop a deeper understanding of your business.

With every business trip I have learned something new and have felt more inspirNational. I know that we all have our own ways of making the most of our work trips, such as visiting friends in the area or purchasing souvenirs only available in the location. I look forward to building this list as I gather more insights and experiences. How else do you inspirNationalize your business travel?

Source: FlyNRate

Source: FlyNRate