Travel Lessons – What I learned when I travelled to Montreal

Natrel Fireworks as seen from Mont Royal

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 concepts that I personally learned from our Montreal work/play trip combination:

  • Staying flexible with your trip options and being okay with unknowns might bring new and unexpected memories
  • ‘Lost time’ or ‘waste of time’ actions aren’t always a waste – it all depends on perspective

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Montreal and Mount Tremblant: Mixing Work with Play

Snowmaking machine and the morning sun on Mt Tremblant's trails

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 onboarding 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 utilised. This conversation was no different.

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