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11 Perfect Entrepreneurial Vacation Spots

| July 23, 2013 | 14 Comments

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Describe your idea of the perfect entrepreneurial vacation.

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Surfing in the Middle of Nowhere

Part of being an entrepreneur is exploring new industires or shaking up current ones. I like to take a trip to a off the beaten getaway where I can surf or just relax where there aren’t that many tourists and there is an opportunity for me to focus, meditate and enjoy the simple life. This type of vacation gets me to recharge my batteries and look at my life and business in a different way.
- Derek Capo, Next Step China

2. Gathering With Geniuses

Being an entrepreneur is about the love for learning and the love for sharing. My dream vacation is spending a few nights in a new city drinking and partying with a bunch of geniuses. Business talk is allowed, but far from serious. South by Southwest Music and Media Conference is a perfect example, and Geeks on a Plane is a dream vacation.
- Brian Curliss, DeckPresenter

3. Touring Artisan Lands

In fashion, everyone talks about using artisans from South Asia in their lines, but young designers have no way of accessing those artisans. I would love to be able to go to villages in the North-West Frontier Province or to the Rajasthan desert to develop personal relationships that can lead to a wider, more fair distribution of these dying professions.
- Benish Shah, Vicaire NY

4. Engaging With New Communities

Vacations are not merely about relaxing. They’re about exploration, engaging with new communities and cultures and challenging and inspiring yourself. My perfect vacation would be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, soaking in the beauty of the continent and its people and touring local entrepreneurial ecosystems. I’d also like to go to AfrikaBurn or Burning Man and participate in the giving economy.
- Christopher Pruijsen, StartupBus Africa

5. Traveling Without Interruptions

I’d love to vacation with the smartphone turned off and a qualified individual left in charge at the business. I would take no business phone calls — just a few quick and simple check-ins. I’d spend time at a favorite destination with enough money saved on airfare, food and lodging so that the vacation can be enjoyable and interesting each and every day.
- Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

6. Finding Inspiration While Relaxing

I go on what I call innovation vacations. The purpose is to pull myself out of the day-to-day routine and think big. I pick a place of relaxation, unplug and get inspired by a wide range of books. I then plan, think and write.
- Brent Beshore, Adventur.es

7. Golfing With My Inspirations

Golf is a distant memory at best, but my entrepreneurial dream vacation would be hitting a post-Master’s round with Pete Carroll, Jim Collins and Warren Buffett. Nothing beats passion chatter with your biggest inspirations on a beautiful green.
- Matt Ehrlichman, Porch

8. Pushing Your Limits

Some of my favorite vacations are on dirt bike trails at campgrounds. It’s not always relaxing and fun, but it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something big after coming back from a tough trail ride. Going on a vacation that pushes your limits and lets you accomplish something outside of business is a great ego boost.
- Jennifer Donogh, Ovaleye, LLC

9. Making Time for Luxury Activities

The key to a great vacation is doing luxurious activities — things that make you happy but you don’t create time for weekly. I enjoy staying in shape and sleeping, and both suffer during the work week! I also love my job and my team. The vacation part is about not opening a laptop and not creating new work, but I always want to be responsive to help my teammates and our partners.
- Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches

10. Reading and Enjoying the Quiet

I always feel like I don’t have enough time to read all the books and other materials that are recommended to me as an entrepreneur. I’d love the opportunity to go away for a while and just consume some of those important ideas without an obligation to try to squeeze the effort in between my work.
- Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting

11. Keeping in Touch No Matter Where

I always have my phone, iPad and computer with me, so I never really take a vacation from work. Why? Because I love what I do, get bored easily and always feel that I must reply to someone within 48 hours (otherwise, it’s rude).
- Trace Cohen, Launch.it

About the Author: theYEC

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.

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  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    I love how all these answers talk about the serenity of nature, getting away, being inspired and then @TraceCohen comes in and says he never disconnects hahaha.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Also @TraceCohen you must think I’m extremely rude not getting back to your emails in 48 hours… sorry my man! hahaha

  • Melissa Krivachek

    LOL Matt some people never learn to disconnect.

  • Melissa Krivachek

    Love this article because a lot of entrepreneurs can relate that their everyday life requires them to escape from the madness. And that doesn’t necessarily mean a trip across the world to some exotic destination that requires them to spend thousands of dollars but rather a serene location they can kick back, relax, and enjoy other activities that they wouldn’t otherwise have time for in their daily routine. While Trace says he’s always in touch the same rings true for myself and many other business owners when you love what you do, no matter what it is disconnecting from technology really isn’t an option. As John Maxwell says and I’m paraphrasing here: “Retirement is preparation for death. How do you retire from your purpose in life?” You don’t. Great article!

  • Nathan

    The last one is the best part of any entrepreneur ….lol…that’s what we always are whatever and where ever we always may be…….

  • Mike Darche

    I wish I were inspired on the golf course- those days usually end up in hundreds of divots and a lot of grief. Maybe once I’m ready for the post-Master’s round… Huge fan of #6– reading, relaxing, and meditation give me all the innovation I need!

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  • http://www.tracecohen.me/ Trace Cohen

    Now I feel like a loser but you get the point. We all find our own ways to zone out and be free but we’re never really out of touch.

  • cesar romero

    @melissakrivachek:disqus Melissa Krivachek As John Maxwell says: “Retirement is preparation for death. How do you retire from your purpose in life?” I love it!!! You never retire; retirement is a myth because when you love what you do, even in your “down time” you are always thinking about ideas and how to take things to next level.

    Define your perfect entrepreneurial vacation? hhmmmm……take a group of 30 young professionals with a driven-positive mindset to Nicaragua, my homeland, and spend time with them sharing stories, ideas, surfing, hiking, going to the beach, dancing, and having fun, learning, and inspiring each other to do big things……wait a minute? this sounds familiar…….hahaha!!!! @MattWilsontv:disqus vamos vamos!!!!

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