It was great to meet you at WCUS as well! Thanks for dropping in & asking a question!
Gosh, where do I start! I’ve been to so many amazing places over the years, it’s really hard to pick just one. Dubai definitely ranks near the top of the list! The architecture was great, the locals were friendly & I even got to take a selfie with a camel while walking along the beach. In fact, I am going to have to find that photo and share it with you!
When it comes to just getting started with traveling, I would say finding an online community to plug into is a must. I am actually part of a Facebook group called GLT (Girls Love Travel). Everyone in that community is really encouraging & helpful when it comes to asking for travel recommendations. I am sure they have a group like that out there for guys like you who want to begin traveling! Before taking off, I always do some research. Is the country relatively safe to wander alone after dark (a lot of gov. sites provide crime rates, etc.)? Do I need a travel Visa? What are the hostels like? What are my transportation options? I’ve got a pretty hefty check list! Happy to share it with you if you would like!
To address balancing productivity with traveling abroad, I always find that to be an easy one personally. Since the majority of professional career I’ve had the opportunity to work remotely, I have become really great at balancing the two! I would recommend finding a local coffee shop, or a somewhat quiet place to plugin in and get work done. I am also a big fan of finding beach bars & bringing my own hotspot along so I can sit on the beach and do some work. I mean what else is better than that? Now time differences can be tough, but as long as you set clear expectations with your leaders & they are supportive that shouldn’t stop you from wandering here and there.
Speaking of travel, where is next on your bucket list!?