Are you an entrepreneur? Do you enjoy traveling to meet clients, prospects, and other business contacts? Are you hoping to visit more cities in the United States over the next few months?
As an entrepreneur, it goes without saying that you “follow the money.” If you have a big meeting in Cleveland, Ohio you show up – even if it’s in the dead of winter.
Of course, there are times when you have the option to visit different parts of the United States. For instance, if you’re looking to drum up business, some destinations are better than others.
Before you do anything, you need to ask yourself a few questions in regards to your actual travel. Your destination doesn’t matter. What matters is that you have a travel schedule in place that suits your style.
For instance, you may start out by searching for flights to Brisbane (or any other part of the world) on Expedia. This will give you a clear idea of what the flight will cost, as well as the days and times when you can take to the sky.
Once you do this, it’s time to turn your attention to packing for your trip and preparing for anything that could come your way. Many business travelers worry about jet lag and other health conditions when away from home, so make sure you have a plan for preventing and/or dealing with anything that could potentially slow you down.
With all that out of the way, let’s get down to business. Let’s examine five travel destinations every entrepreneur should visit in the United States:
- New York City
The Big Apple is one of the best places in the world to conduct business. It doesn’t matter if you dabble in real estate, technology, or finance, it goes without saying that there are plenty of opportunities in this city.
It may be expensive to visit, but there is no replacement for the potential business deals that await. If you’ve never visited New York City for business, now’s the time to reconsider.
As Nate Robertson from Square Ship comments, “There is no better way to grow than to visit tech-forward cities and soak it all in.”
- Las Vegas
Most people think about Las Vegas as a place people go to have fun. While there is no denying the fact that you can have a good time when visiting Sin City, remember this: there is plenty of work to be done as well.
For example, Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest industry trade shows of the year. This gives you the opportunity to do business in a city that is sure to keep a smile on your face. What more could you want?
Go back in time 20 years or so and Austin, Texas wasn’t a big deal in the business world. Now, however, entrepreneurs are flocking to this city.
With so many startups calling Austin home, it’s a great place to spend some time as an entrepreneur.
There are many other big cities in Texas that you may want to visit during your trip to the state. Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio should also be on your list.
- San Francisco
Are you part of the tech industry? Are you looking for a place to call home as you launch your startup? If you answered yes to these questions, you will want to spend some time in San Francisco in the near future.
Once you get a feel for the local scene, it won’t be long before you realize that this may be the best city in the country for budding entrepreneurs. It has a way of getting you in the right frame of mind.
Much the same as Las Vegas, there is always something going on in Miami. While it’s easy to be distracted by the nightlife and dining (among other activities), you don’t want to take your eyes off the prize.
Miami is home to many of the biggest companies in the United States, as well as thousands upon thousands of startups. As an entrepreneur, you’ll want to see what Miami is all about.
So, there you have it. These are just a few of the many travel destinations every entrepreneur should visit in the near future.
If you have time in your schedule and are willing to take a trip, start by learning more about these cities. You may not end up in any of these, but you should still learn as much as you can. You never know what type of trip you will take down the road.
Do you have any experience visiting one or more of these cities as an entrepreneur? Which one did you like best (or worst)? Would you add any others to this list? Share your personal thoughts on these cities and others in the comment section below.