Travel Lessons – What I Learned When I Traveled to Montreal

Lessons I Learned When Extending Work Travel for Vacation

Every vacation can provide valuable lessons that we can bring forward to our future vacations and trips. Be that experience a pitfall and learning to avoid them in the future, or scheduling more down time, there’s always something we can take away from a trip beyond good memories.

There are two main lessons that I learned when I traveled to Montreal for a work/play trip combination:

  1. Stay flexible with your trip options and be alright to go on an unplanned trip
  2. ‘Lost time’ or things that feel like they’re a ‘waste of time’ aren’t always a negative thing – you can make it a positive experience by changing your perspective
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Montreal and Mount Tremblant: Mixing Work with Play

Turning my Montreal Work Trip into a Vacation by inviting my two friends to join me on my work trip.

It all happened so fast…

A brief conversation about work, a clink of a few cups of green tea, a critical email, a chat, a quick visit to Liftopia.com …and just like that, we found ourselves in a car at 8 am on the first Saturday of 2017 driving east to Montreal with a receipt for one day pass ticket to Mount Tremblant in our inboxes.

The trip started out as an offhand idea thrown around while sipping tea in someone’s dining room. I don’t think we imagined that our little chat would ever become anything more than a daydream. Since mid-December, my company has been ‘maybe’ thinking of sending me to Montreal for training in the second week of January. This would be the first time I would travel since on-boarding training and I was anxious to ensure that it would happen. What a great way to start the year! What would be even more amazing was if I could somehow incorporate a mini-vacation with this too. We’ve lamented in the past over how work travel perks (e.g. sending your ‘spouse’ aka friend over to visit the client’s city) could be better utilized. This conversation was no different.

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