Trips for business and pleasure are one and the same

A client asked me last week what do I do when I arrive in a different country.

I told him that, when I travel, my mind is always going nonstop, constantly looking for something new.

I’d be depressed if a place didn’t pique my curiosity.

I always go to the local markets, shopping centers, museums, and places I know locals will attend, because they make me feel part of the places I’m visiting.

I usually walk or drive around with no definite destination.

The best experiences are those that make you feel immersed in a different culture.

They are the ones you’ll remember.

It doesn’t matter if you are traveling for business of for pleasure, it is important to try to understand and adapt to the culture and customs of the country, until a common ground has been established.

I always consider that there will be a:

  • Different language;
  • Different mentality;
  • Different life-style;
  • Different behavior and customs;
  • Different sense of humor;
  • Different way to do business;
  • Different legal system;
  • Different labor system…among others.

 My understanding and acceptance of these differences, will be most beneficial in business and personal matters, and will guarantee my success for the venture being considered.

Por: Max Gorissen

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