Believe it or not, some of the world’s top business cities are also some of the most serious about relaxation. Nomad Lane is based in New York, where being overwhelmed is practically a citywide hobby, so we couldn’t tell you how these chill cities swing it - but we could all learn a thing or two from their habits. Below, a few business travel cities that take relaxation to a new level, and how to enjoy them off the clock on your next work trip.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio has just one rule: come as you are. As you can imagine, a motto like that makes for a seriously leisurely getaway. In this city, relaxation is a refined skill - and those postcard-worthy white sand beaches prove it. Hit the shore in Copacabana or Ipanema for some fun in the sun, and don’t forget to order a caipirinha.
This sunny city might move quickly during work hours, but Sydney-siders always make time to unwind. When you’re done with meetings for the day, kick back at Bondi Beach. Or, for an off-the-beaten path adventure, go for a swim at MacCallum Seawater Pool at Cremorne Point Reserve. When you’ve gotten your fill of sun and sand, drop by a local coffee shop to experience Sydney’s mellow cafe culture.
Nobody knows how to have fun quite like a Dubliner. After a long day of work events, get your bleisure on over a pint of Guinness at one of Dublin’s pubs. If you need to nurse a pounding head the next morning, take a leisurely walk across the pristine grounds of Trinity College - there are few places in the city that are more serene.
The mountains and forests of British Columbia are Vancouver’s backyard, and that connection to nature makes it easy for locals to drop off the grid to clear their heads. Cap off a long day with a relaxing bike ride through Stanley Park. If you have a few hours to spare, you can take your chill vibe even further with a hike through Lighthouse Park to the beach.
Nashville’s nightlife scene is growing just as quickly as its thriving industries, so it’s practically a bleisure dream come true. Stop into a local honky-tonk and grab a plate of hot chicken while you listen to the sound of Nashville’s latest and greatest undiscovered talents.
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington seems to have found some kind of secret key to work-life balance, and we totally want in on it. You’re almost certain to leave Wellington relaxed, no matter how jam-packed your work schedule might be. Unwind with a stroll down the ultra-hip Cuba Street, and make sure to stop by a local bar to get a flavor for the city’s growing craft beer scene. If you’re craving some fresh air, walk up to the lookout on Mt. Victoria for epic views of the city, and a few glimpses of Lord Of The Rings filming locations along the way.
Phoenix does vacation mode so, so right. Even when you’re visiting for work, you can’t help but bask in a bit of the city’s off-the-clock energy. In Phoenix, fun is all about golf, spa days, and refreshing dips in the pool. If you have the time, make a jaunt to nearby Scottsdale for even better golf-and-chill options.
Munich has received worldwide accolades for its high living standards and low residential stress levels, so it’s no surprise that business travelers find it to be a breath of fresh air. Munich might seem like an overwhelming city on the surface, but underneath it all, locals are absolute pros in letting loose and leaving stress at the door. Drop by a local beer hall to join in on the fun for yourself.
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