Today, I want to share my top 35 vacation ideas for entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs need a vacation too! Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in our work, and making sure the business keeps flowing smoothly that we neglect our own sanity and peace of mind.
Sometimes we just need to turn off the phone, laptop and tablet and go to a zone where we can relax and forget about the stress and pressure of owning a business.
I know, some of you (like myself) will say that we just cannot take the chance of everything falling apart while we are gone. But is it worth having your body and brain falling apart while you are here?
There is surely someone you can trust to keep control while you take that much needed vacation. Besides, you really should be training someone to run the show.
What if you had to have major surgery or you were forced to leave for an emergency? Or what if you did what we all will do someday, die?
Maybe you will say something like it really won’t matter then because I will be dead, but is that fair to your family?
Well, that is enough of me playing psychologist. Just take a vacation! You need it!
Top 35 Vacation Ideas for Entrepreneurs
Here are the top 35 vacation ideas for entrepreneurs… You should consider one or more. These are listed in no particular order, so research them all.
Some are low cost, while others may be slightly expensive. So let’s take a look.
# 1: Pan for Gold in Alaska
I just knew this first one would immediately grab your attention. After all, you are an entrepreneur and gold is a very valuable substance.
There are various gold panning tours offered in Alaska and who knows, maybe you will discover a nugget that will allow you to stay on a permanent vacation.
Nearly every area with humans in Alaska has had a history of gold mining. Some tours even guarantee that you find gold. So purchase your equipment and get “gold fever” in beautiful Alaska.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many pioneers headed to Alaska with hopes of striking it rich. Although the frenzied Alaska Gold Rush days are long over, travelers can still have a go at gold panning on an organized tour. The majority of gold panning tours in Alaska are day tours that cater to families, although more adventurous tours that lead participants in gold panning in Alaska’s wild back country are also available.
Tours with gold panning usually only operate during the warmer months from May through September. Some restrictions may be placed on creek and river bed panning in salmon streams between mid-May and mid-July in order to prevent local fish populations from being affected by panning activities.
If you plan to take part in an organized day tour, there is no need to bring your own gold panning equipment with you. For multiple-day gold panning excursions, ask your tour company or guide what you are expected to bring.
Source: USA Today
# 2: Puerto Rico
Okay, maybe I am being slightly dramatic, but you will truly love the Caribbean island I reside on.
And I happen to know of a great place to stay which is called El Escondido guest house. Not far from where I live, you will love the place as you are near the rain forest and it is peaceful.
There are really two Puerto Rico’s. The one known for rest, relaxation, and cocktails, and the one beloved by outdoor adventure adrenaline junkies.
If you’re the one looking for your next beach holiday, you’d do well to consider Puerto Rico – it’s the stuff that Caribbean daydreams are made of. With fantastic beaches, incredible waves, and stunning coral reefs, you’ll find a beach to suit your mood. Or if you’re looking for action try hiking through the rainforests, considered some of the wettest on Earth, or head into the mountains for some awe-inspiring views.
Puerto Rico’s culture is unmistakably fun and includes incredible cuisine, dance, and sports fanatics.
Source: The Crazy Tourist
# 3: Marrakech, Morocco
Just below the Atlas Mountains, this city is a popular destination for tourists who want to see something new.
But by no means is this city new; the architecture is amazing and the shopping is a dream. Marrakech would be an excellent choice.
The major attraction here is the city itself. Marrakech’s vibrant colors, aromatic dishes, indecipherable sounds and inimitable feel will linger in your memory long after you leave its corridors. Plan to spend most of your time in or around the medina, Marrakech’s fortified old city. Marvel at ancient, elaborately decorated sights like the Saadian Tombs, the Badi Palace and Koutoubia Mosque before testing your haggling skills in Jemaa El Fna. And don’t forget to save time for quintessential Moroccan experiences, such as camel rides in the desert and soaks in hammams (public baths).
Source: U.S. News
# 4: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If a beach is your idea of a great vacation, Myrtle Beach is an excellent choice. It has a long strand of beach line where you can take a comfortable chair, your bathing suit and a good book. Just sit back and relax watching the tide. Perhaps, you could even do some boating or fishing while you are there.
Myrtle Beach is a very popular weekend getaway destination for both families and couples, combining great beach activities with some interesting museums, galleries, and other attractions for rainy days. Strolling along the famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the most popular activities for visitors and residents alike; you can watch the sunset, ride the Skywheel Ferris Wheel, and absorb the holiday atmosphere.
The beaches offer good bathing, basking, paddling, canoeing, and kayaking, and there are several great golf courses. Off the beach, the town is packed with wacky family attractions such as the Backstage Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Wax Museum, and the Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
# 5: Refuga
Refuga is a program that was started in 2012. You can travel with other entrepreneurs on exciting adventures. It is my understanding that this year, the trip is to Thailand.
The concept of Refuga is simple: Meet great, like-minded and proactive people from across the world, and share incredible experiences. The goal? Combining amazing people with adventure and experiences that will change our perspective and mindset by coming out of your comfort zone. This way we get to understanding ourselves and the world a little bit better.
# 6: Backpack Europe
Why not just get a backpack and a flight to Europe and start backpacking it? Just pick a course and enjoy the European hospitality.
This is an adventure many dream of but never do. You should. You can see all you want to see in Europe and it is a cheaper way to do so. Here is a good step by step guide.
Backpacking has become a very popular and cheaper alternative to getting around expensive Europe. The term “backpacking” refers to packing rather lightly for a trip usually using a backpack; getting from place to place using the cheapest means possible such as low-cost airlines, buses, or trains; sleeping at hostels or “couch-surfing” rather than expensive hotels; and having a longer break than the standard one-two week vacation.
Planning your backpacking travel through Europe ahead of time is the most important thing you can do in order to make it cheap(er). It may sound counter-intuitive to the ideal backpacker lifestyle of just going with the flow with the new people you’ll meet but believe me, backpacking is not something you can do on the whim if you want to do it cheaply.
# 7: Costa Rica
This Central American country is another huge favorite. Much of Costa Rica is dense rain forest with delightful wildlife. It is a trip you will remember for a lifetime.
Costa Rica is a true diamond in the Central American rough. Situated between Nicaragua and Panama, it’s less than 100 miles wide in places. From the tops of the highest peaks, it’s possible to glimpse both the Atlantic and Pacific basins on a clear day – though, as we’ll see, clear days are (ironically) in short supply in some of Costa Rica’s fairest provinces.
Despite its small size, the country has more than 800 miles of coastline, and its tallest mountains rise more than 12,000 feet above sea level. In many cases, just a few miles separate dry tropical savannas and scrublands from montane grasslands, lush rainforests, and breathtakingly diverse marine ecosystems. The Costa Rican government protects much of this natural bounty from human development, having littered the countryside with national parks and wildlife reserves. Not surprisingly, Costa Rica has long been held in high regard as an ecotourism destination.
Source: Money Crashers
# 8: Geeks On A Plane
Maybe you have a lot of issues with leaving your work completely. I understand. Most entrepreneurs love what we do so essentially, when we work, we are on vacation.
Geeks On A Plane is just for you. Tour with other entrepreneurs to start-up locations worldwide. See their website here.
Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) is a tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about high-growth technology markets worldwide. We travel by planes, trains, and automobiles to the most exciting international startup scenes with the sole mission of uniting geeks and exploring cross-border opportunities. The result: a lifelong bond with fellow travelers, a wealth of new friends and business contacts in exploding technology markets, and a stronger appreciation for the cultural and economic ties that bind us globally.
Source: Geeks on a Plane
# 9: Siem Reap, Cambodia
This is a highly popular Asian tourism destination. With amazing architecture and wonderful shopping districts, Siem Reap has so much to see and admire.
A decade ago Siem Reap was the place where you stayed, ate and grabbed a beer or two between explorations of Cambodia’s 12th-century temple complex Angkor Wat. Now the city that Angkor made is something of a destination itself, luring visitors with a lively and varied dining scene, stylish hotels, genial residents and a laid-back river town ambience. Add a growing community of Cambodian and international artists, performers and designers reviving traditional arts and experimenting with new means of creative expression (the Angkor Wat International Film Festival celebrated its fourth year in February; the Angkor Photo Festival runs in December) and you’ve got an ideal short-break city, whether or not the temples are on your agenda. (Plan on using dollars in Siem Reap, where most prices are quoted in American currency. Small bills come in handy for incidentals like tuk-tuk rides and bottled water.)
Source: The New York Times
# 10: Las Vegas, Nevada
I just could not leave out the city that never sleeps. You can gamble, take in some shows and just have a grand time. Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Nicknamed The Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas draws millions of visitors from around the world each year who enjoy its casinos, hotels, resorts and nightlife. Las Vegas is filled with so many hotel and entertainment options that a tourist can part with his money long before a trip to the slot machines. That’s where vacation packages, which include discounted prices on airfare and hotel, come in handy.
Source: USA Today
# 11: CocoVivo
Shhh, this is a secret get away. In the Bocas del Toro, it is Isla San Cristobal.
You can only arrive by boat, and electricity and water are precious commodities. You will love CocoVivo, so see the website here.
Hidden at the southern tip of Isla San Cristóbal, discover a remote tropical paradise. CocoVivo is the best-kept secret of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, a true hidden gem. Explore 145 acres of jungle, vibrant with wildlife, contoured by the pristine waters of the Tierra Oscura Lagoon.
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# 12: Take a Cruise
There are excellent deals on cruises. We often have cruise ships docking here in San Juan, and ships cruise all over the ocean. So just use your search engine to find a cruise you will love.
Even though a vacation is supposed to be relaxing, it can also be super stressful. Immense planning and research goes into each day’s itinerary — finding hotels, choosing restaurants, figuring out transportation, and more.
A cruise is different from that in every way. Once you book, all you really have to do is show up. You can choose some of those on-shore excursions, which are put together by the cruise line and typically guided, but those are optional.
When you arrive onboard, you’ll get a schedule of activities that you can go to if you want, or you can lay in bed ordering room service for the whole trip. It’s totally up to you.
# 13: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
How about a taste of adventure? The highest mountain in Africa is waiting for you to climb it.
Just travel to Tanzania and get ready for a fun time. Here is a link telling you all about it.
Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak is usually veiled by clouds but on clear days the sight of the summit is one of the most arresting on the continent. Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but it’s also the largest free-standing mountain in the world – rising nearly six vertical kilometres from the surrounding plains – making a Mount Kilimanjaro safari a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Although it sits in Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are actually to be had just across the border in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. But it is the chance to climb Kilimanjaro that has made this 5 896m mountain such a popular destination. Indeed, some 20 000 people a year make their way up Kili; the climb requires no special training or technical equipment though time must be taken to acclimatise in order to prevent altitude sickness.
# 14: Istanbul, Turkey
The history of Istanbul goes back for ages, and you will be able to see that when you enter this city. You can see where many kingdoms once ruled and see a culture so much different than you know now. It will do you good to visit Turkey.
Istanbul is a city of chaos and paradoxes that somehow manages to exude an allure that every visitor cannot help being affected by. The beautiful Bosphorus, the remnants of empires and different cultures at every turn, the amazing food, and the youthful vigor of its younger population all make Istanbul wonderfully dynamic.
The fact that there’s always something new to discover in Istanbul makes this city undeniably exciting. So you’ve seen the Topkapı Palace but what about the Küçüksu Kasrı on the Asian Side? Or the city’s former land walls dating to the Byzantine Empire? There’s plenty of lesser known sights just waiting to be discovered.
Source: culture trip
# 15: New York City
It only makes good sense to take a vacation to the Big Apple. See the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks that has made this city so great. The only thing that may stop you is if you are an entrepreneur that now lives in New York.
The best time to visit New York is anytime. Each season in Gotham offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit. Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late fall and winter make merry with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Deep winter – January and February – is cold, but that also means better hotel rates. Spring is glorious and New Yorkers celebrate the thaw by taking to the streets, shopping at outdoor markets, frolicking in Central Park and dining outside. Summer is hot, but hey, so are lots of places, and at least this is New York.
Source: U.S. News
# 16: Coboat
Are you that entrepreneur that absolutely cannot allow someone to have complete control of your business while you vacation? Coboat may be your answer.
Jump on this boat with other like-minded people and work while you vacation on the high seas. Don’t worry, you will have internet and everything else you need to have a working – boating vacation. This link tells you more.
Collaborate, innovate and create with fellow Coboaters aboard one of the most inspirational coworking environments in the world. Detach from land. Free your mind. Immerse yourself in nature. Boost your productivity on the high seas. Life aboard Coboat is all about achieving balance and creating a life to love: When you need a break from work, get unplugged, connect with others or dive into the crystal clear blue water.
# 17: Habitat For Humanity
Why not help others while you vacation? It can do our hearts and minds a lot of good when we help needy people.
Habitat For Humanity is worldwide, so why not sign up to help build or remodel a home for less fortunate people? You can volunteer and vacation at the same time. Visit the Habitat For Humanity website here.
Habitat for Humanity is known for its work creating affordable housing and combating homelessness around the world. Work alongside community members to build houses in the United States or abroad with Habitat’s Global Village Work Trips. International trips are available in countries including Indonesia, Kenya, Romania and Guatemala, and can last anywhere from 9 to 14 days. International trips can cost anywhere from $1,200 to over $3,000 before airfare for this unique global learning experience. Trips in the US, from Alaska to South Carolina, are shorter and less expensive, making them a good pick for spring break.
Source: Travel Channel
# 18: Golf The Master’s Course
Fore! I challenge you to travel to Augusta, Georgia and golf the Master’s Course at the Augusta National Golf Club. Be sure and come back here and tell us what you scored. It is a tough course, so be prepared and practice.
Visiting Augusta, Georgia, has long been the holy grail for golf fanatics, thanks to the world-famous Masters Tournament that kicked off here in 1934. But today’s Augusta – Georgia’s second most populous city – has plenty to offer visitors beyond the glorious green of the Augusta National Golf Course.
Source: lonely planet
# 19: Hanoi, Vietnam
Once a war torn country, you can visit now without fear of Vietcong trying to capture or kill you. You will be amazed by the architecture and the way the Vietnamese people live. This will surely take your mind off work and allow you to see another side of life.
Set along the South China Sea on the southeastern edge of the Asian continent, bordering China, Laos, and Cambodia, Vietnam is a country with a rich history and vibrant, fast-developing future. Visit Vietnam and you’ll find a land of natural splendors—lush green mountains, a pristine coastline, majestic national parks—along with buzzing cities full of style and design innovators, and fascinating cultural sites offering insight into centuries of tangled leadership. Of course, there’s also the cuisine: travel to Vietnam is sure to please the taste buds as much as the mind and soul.
# 20: Destin, Florida
Destin is in the panhandle of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. If you like fishing, they say that Destin is a fisherman’s paradise. Destin has some beautiful beaches and I am sure you will enjoy your stay at this popular location.
Nicknamed the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin has grown into one of the most popular vacation spots on the Florida Panhandle. Founded in the 1850s, Destin used to be a sleepy fishing town until a bridge connected the skinny peninsula with Florida’s mainland. With a baseline population of 13,000 residents (which inflates to 25,000-plus during the summer), this town retains an intimate, friendly atmosphere. Midwestern and Southern families flock to Destin’s beaches each summer for the city’s trademark bright white shores, made up of pure Appalachian quartz. This unique sand not only stays cool in the summer heat, but with the sunlight’s reflection, it also gives the waters an emerald tint. Golfers traverse seaside bunkers, while kids splash in the water parks. More adventurous visitors snorkel and scuba dive off the coast or charter a boat to try their luck at deep sea fishing. After all, casting a line is an integral part of this peninsular paradise.
Source: U.S. News
# 21: Surf Office
Here is another one for that entrepreneur that cannot completely leave work. Surf Office has accommodations that you can stay a few days, a month or even a year if you like.
You also can use the in-house co-working areas and when you need a break, go out and surf the waves.
There are 2 Surf Office locations:
Gran Canaria which is a Spanish island off Africa
Killing the routine gets people excited, which can lead to an explosion of new ideas. Instead of getting lost in thought, why not organize your ideas in a way that will supercharge your company?
Take your next spurt of creative genius and organize a meetup or a hackathon. In no time at all, you can improve productivity, develop a new product, or even complete a successful rebranding, all while enjoying the surf and the sun.
Source: Surf Office
# 22: Prague, Czech Republic
This large city in Europe is full of museums and history. Unless you take a one year vacation, you surely will not be able to take in all that Prague has to offer. This is a great idea for a vacation.
Legend has it that Prague was born out of a dream from a princess, so expect nothing less than a magical and enthralling city. With a good amount of medieval architecture and castles to make even the kings envious, Prague has a unique charm. Its fortifications allowed the place to survive the Second World War and the Russian invasion, reborn as a vibrant and modern city, attractive to young people looking for fun and entertainment.
# 23: Ocean City, Maryland
This beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean has so much to offer vacationers. Stroll the boardwalk or simply lounge on the beach. Amazing shopping and great food awaits you. See here.
Ocean City, Maryland, with its 10 miles of white sand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most popular summer getaway destinations for families in the Mid-Atlantic region. The resort area is an ideal place for swimming, surfing, kite flying, sand castle building, jogging, etc. The bustling beach town is home to a wide array of amusement parks, arcades, miniature golf courses, shopping malls, an Outlet shopping center, movie theaters, go-kart tracks and the famous three-mile Ocean City Boardwalk.
# 24: London, England
It only makes perfect sense that London is on this list. After all, you need to see Big Ben and Westminster Abby.Stroll the streets where John, Paul, George and Ringo walked.
No matter your reason for visiting, London has something for everyone. History buffs looking to brush up on the British narrative will delight in the Tower of London. Admirers of art or theater will praise the National Gallery and the West End Theatre District, while fans of the monarchy can’t skip Buckingham Palace. Although London lives up to its reputation as one of the most expensive cities to visit, it does boast an array of attractions that are free to visit, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, among others. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of things to do, consider signing up for one of the city’s top tours to enjoy the guidance of a local.
Source: U.S. News
# 25: Orlando, Florida
This is another must do on this list. The city where Walt Disney World is located, along with many other attractions is a perfect idea for the entrepreneur vacation. Say hi to Mickey Mouse for me please.
The city of Orlando is located in one of the world’s most visited tourist regions, which draws tens of millions of visitors every year. Among its principal tourist attractions are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando. Within easy reach, too, is the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral. The establishment of these mega-amusement parks has encouraged other investors, and there are nearly limitless hotel and motel beds in the Orlando area, thousands of restaurants, dozens of golf courses, and numerous other attractions and things to do. Orlando has a subtropical climate, with hot and rainy weather from May to October and cooler temperatures from November to April and it’s at risk for hurricanes due to its location.
# 26: Rome, Italy
There is so much to see and do in Rome. Don’t even attempt to work while there; just go out and sight see. Be sure and eat some great pasta, too.
Rome, the city of seven hills, enjoyed a mythic beginning. Romulus and Remus – twin brothers who were nursed by a she-wolf and fathered by a war god – reportedly founded the Eternal City. And although historians are a little skeptical about this epic entry into the world, most travelers are absolutely certain that there is something magical about Rome. Whether it’s the mystery of nearby Vatican City or the ghosts of the Colosseum, an afternoon caffè on Piazza Navona or a piled-high plate of pasta at a trattoria, Roma is sure to enchant.
Italy’s capital city, Rome is also known for a history that dates back to the eras of Octavian, Julius Caesar and Hadrian, among others. Left behind are structures like the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and dozens of churches, among other historic gems. Art enthusiasts will relish the trove of art housed at the Vatican Museums, and foodies will enjoy the splendid Italian fare, not to mention the gelato. And though its momentous past is the focus for many vacationers, Rome is also a fast-paced, modern and relevant city, with gleaming designer storefronts, sleek hotels and cutting-edge restaurants.
Source: U.S. News
# 27: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Maybe you want to stay close to home, but still have a delightful vacation. I would say that Virginia Beach is the answer. Miles of beaches, and many other attractions makes Virginia Beach a popular tourist destination.
Virginia Beach is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia with nearly 450,000 residents. With a total of 14 miles of beach that are free and open to the public, the resort area attracts visitors to enjoy its white sandy beaches, oceanfront hotels and restaurants, historic landmarks and family-friendly attractions. Virginia Beach offers a wide variety of recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, golf, and whale- and dolphin-watching. The region makes a great vacation destination for families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts.
# 28: Buenos Aires, Argentina
This is a great idea for a South America traveling adventure. You will see some neat architecture and you can purchase items very inexpensively. Just keep an eye on your purse or wallet as crime is rampant.
Skirting the border of Argentina and Uruguay, Buenos Aires lures visitors with its blend of European charm and South American flair. Featuring wide boulevards, neoclassical architecture and a cache of avant-garde museums, this sophisticated city has earned its title as “the Paris of South America.” But don’t think of its resemblance as anything other than a marker of its ancestry. Fashionable and friendly residents – known as porteños – have customized the city, from their colorful art-laden barrios (districts) to their world-class soccer (fútbol) stadium to their street-side tango sessions.
But you can do more than just join artists, dancers, and enthused soccer fans in this cosmopolitan capital. Shop San Telmo’s boutiques, explore the National Museum of Fine Arts, meander through the ornate Recoleta Cemetery, or catch a horse race at the Palermo Hippodrome. Just save time to enjoy the simple pleasure of sipping a cafecito (espresso) and snacking on churros (fried dough strips) at a cozy café, taking a romantic stroll along Palermo Woods’ Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal), and staying up late to revel in the sultry tango sessions that give the city its evening zest.
Source: U.S. News
# 29: San Francisco, California
See the Golden Gate bridge and all the other attractions San Francisco has to show. This is a great vacation destination and quite cost effective.
You’ve seen a million pictures of San Francisco and watched it in dozens of films and television shows, but all that viewing doesn’t tell the whole story. San Francisco is smaller than most people think, roughly square in shape and only 7 miles long on each side. Its population is under a million, but they’re packed in, making it the second-most densely-populated city in the country. Most of the popular tourist sights are in a smaller area, making them easy to get to.
Visually, San Francisco is a postcard-perfect city, its hills facing a calm bay. Many visitors say the city’s beauty was the best part of their visit. Other often-cited characteristics are its excellent restaurants, vibrant arts scene, and outdoor recreation.
If you like gorgeous surroundings, shopping, arts, architecture and great food – or if you just want to see all those things you’ve heard or read about – San Francisco may be the place for you.
# 30: San Diego, California
San Diego is a wonderful city to vacation at. The beaches are wonderful and there is a hopping night life in this city. Plus, you are real close to Tijuana, Mexico if you want to see some craziness.
Whether you love theme parks, state parks or water parks, building sandcastles or beach bonfires, exploring kid-friendly museums or hiking trails, families always have a blast in San Diego. In fact, San Diego is consistently ranked one of the Top Family Destinations in America, and it’s no wonder. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California, and budget-friendly hotels, dining and activities, there are plenty of family vacation options available. Plus, many San Diego hotels and resorts offer special children’s programs for kids of all ages. From crafts, puzzles and games for younger kids to X-Box 360, air hockey and sports lessons for teenagers (some even complimentary), the entire family can be entertained from sun up to sun down.
# 31: Paris, France
This is another location that just could not be left off this list. You must see the Eiffel Tower, and the museums located in this French city. Be sure and send us a postcard.
The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. The gentle River Seine rambles through the city, flanked by stately museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo- and Neoclassic-design architecture, further enhanced by cascading trees and glowing streetlamps. Peppering the Seine’s cobbled walks and graceful bridges are impossibly chic Parisians, probably on their way to the market, cafe or cinema.
Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of “many splendors,” as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.” Visit the beloved Musée d’Orsay, shop the biggest designers on the Champs Élysées or hit the boutiques in Le Marais, take in the view atop the Eiffel Tower, or even plan a day trip to Versailles Palace. But don’t miss out on the simple pleasure of meandering the marvelous arrondissements (districts), or snacking on street crepes either.
Source: U.S. News
# 32: Shanghai, China
Not only is there many things to do and see in Shanghai, this is considered the financial hub of mainland China. As an entrepreneur, you just may be able to strike some good business deal or relations while you are on your Asian vacation.
Shanghai, known as the ‘Oriental Paris’, is China’s biggest and richest city (on aggregate). It is one of China’s greatest economic and cultural centers; therefore, it is seen as a showcase for everything considered modern in China.
The city rivals New York or Paris in terms of modernity and boasts a blended culture of the East and the West. Shanghai is a tourist destination famous for historical landmarks as well as modern, ever-expanding skylines. You will never get bored in this dynamic metropolis.
Source: China Highlights
# 33: Cape Town, South Africa
You will absolutely love this city. With the mountains behind and the ocean in front, you have a wide range of choices in what you will do each day of your vacation.
And, if you enjoy surfing, some of the best surfing in the world happens here. Just watch for sharks.
Set on a rugged peninsula between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the city of Cape Town sits in one of the world’s most spectacular settings. But the scenery isn’t restricted to the city alone: short drives take visitors to white sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages and wild mountain ranges while must-see destinations such as Cape Point, the Cape Winelands and the whale-watching capital of Hermanus are easy day trips. With so many beautiful places to explore, you only have to visit Africa’s favourite city once and you’ll probably be planning your next Cape Town travel holiday before your tan’s had time to fade.
Cape Town will appeal to just about anyone in the mood for a holiday: romantics and honeymooners will love the exquisite accommodation and idyllic views; families with children can share a beach with inquisitive penguins; adventure lovers will relish the chance to discover the secrets of Table Mountain – one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World! – and gourmets shouldn’t miss out on South Africa’s finest food and wine experiences, served up at an affordable price.
# 34: Beijing, China
The most populated city in China, you will gain an understanding how lifestyles are different in China compared to here. You will also see both modern and ancient architecture. The biggest recommendation is to wear a mask as pollution levels are high in Beijing.
Being capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, and cultural center. Located in north China, close to the port city of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei Province, it also serves as the most important transportation hub and port of entry.
As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travelers as they explore the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
# 35: Key West, Florida
This Florida southernmost island is a very popular tourist destination. Take some flippers and a snorkel and go diving. Or just sit and have a drink and watch the waves. Relaxation and fun is the Key West way. Along with Jimmy Buffett.
Located in the tropical southeastern United States, the Florida Keys are a top destination for visitors of all ages—and the drive from Miami to Key West is one of America’s most iconic road trips. And while you could easily make the journey in a single three-hour trip, that would be missing the point completely. The Overseas Highway, the 113-mile stretch of road—a.k.a. U.S. Route 1—that whisks vacationers from Magic City to the southernmost point in the continental U.S. (quite literally, as there’s a concrete buoy that marks that very spot), is full of charming little towns that you’d probably never find yourself in otherwise.
To truly embrace the diversity of the Florida Keys, it’s best to take your time so that you don’t miss some of the path’s most iconic experiences, like a visit to the undersea park at Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the chance to feed some hungry tarpon at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, watching the sunset at Bahia Honda State Park, and meeting the famous six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s former home.
From food and drink to art and literature, the Florida Keys are a haven for culture vultures—with gorgeous white-sand beaches and ocean views as a backdrop. Travel + Leisure’s Florida Keys travel guide highlights the rich potential in a trip to this gorgeous coastal region.
Chuck here. As a special bonus idea, I think a dream vacation for an entrepreneur would be to take a road trip across the USA. Just wing it. Get in your car and go. Don’t plan anything out. Stop where you stop. Stay off the major highways and check out the thousands of amazing towns and places in the USA. That is what’s next on my list.
It is time to take a vacation. Which one of these vacation ideas for entrepreneurs excites you the most? Maybe you should just print out this list, put it on a wall and throw a dart and let the dart tell you where to take your vacation.
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