Everyone I know who gets a chance to go to Hawaii on business is usually ecstatic, including me. Who wouldn’t enjoy those lovely, tranquil beach surroundings? The vibe is always pleasant there. So getting to go there on the company dime is a great privilege.
For entrepreneurs and small companies without business development and expense account budgets, a visit to Hawaii may be cost prohibitive, or, in other words, out of the question. In fact, travel for corporations has also become more infrequent, as any airline will tell you.
The last time I got to the region was a on a business retreat, which was a fancy way of saying working vacation. But I didn’t mind, because I still had plenty of time to lounge around. Especially since I tacked on another day for myself, which my supervisor grudgingly agreed to. But it was worth it!
Rather than book a hotel meeting room, we opted to use a meeting room. They’re available at Davinci for just $25 an hour. That’s a bargain in a place like Hawaii, where they usually gouge you for every little thing. They know it’s a great place, so people are willing to pay.
The meeting rooms have everything you need, so all I brought along was a pencil. It was great because we were really relaxed and enjoying ourselves so the meeting didn’t really seem like work. I have to admit that my mind was wandering anyway, thinking about the massage I had booked which I couldn’t wait for.
My favorite part of meetings away from the office is that usually they include a meal. Meeting room facilities are usually able to handle the catering so you don’t have to deal with it, which is really nice. Besides, it’s hard to know what restaurants are decent in the area.
After that experience in Hawaii, I found myself using meeting rooms quite a bit. They can feel like a vacation on a certain level. Yes, you still have to listen to a boring presentation or two, but hey – you can’t have everything.