The best cities around the world to take a working vacation

Americans don’t need a passport to get into the world’s number one city for a business vacation.

Kansas City, Missouri, has been named the best city in the world for working during the day and exploring after hours without having to use much of your PTO’s time, according to a recent analysis from Icelandair.

Kansas City – better known for its barbecue, jazz music, and for having more fountains than Rome – is home to attractions including the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kaufman Stadium, Worlds of Fun, and a bustling downtown. It comes on top of 115 global cities in the ranking, which were chosen due to their prominence in the tourism industry and the availability of “slow” travel options.

Aside from the attractions, the Iceland ranking takes into account metrics that paint a picture of the quality of life in each city (such as cost of living, safety, and access to healthcare), and how easy it is to work there (internet speed, average hours, commute time ), environmental factors (climate index, noise and light pollution, air quality) and data from the United Nations World Happiness Report.

Here are the top 10 global cities for a business vacation, according to Icelandair.

  1. Kansas City, United States
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Wellington, New Zealand
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  6. Victoria, Canada
  7. Perth city, Australia
  8. Frankfurt, Germany
  9. Brisbane, Australia
  10. Helsinki, Finland

Travelers may be surprised to find typical big cities like New York or Los Angeles that don’t top the list. That’s because these metros ” aren’t always the best when you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the usual work day,” says Gisele S. Brynjolfsson, Icelander’s director of global marketing.

“Slow travel is a growing trend that is emphasizing connections, whether it’s with locals, businesses, culture, food, and leaving places in case future travelers can explore as well,” he told CNBC Make It.

Slow travel is especially attractive to people who plan business vacations, who are more likely to travel alone and spend longer periods of time at their destination. “It’s about being alert, not burning yourself, and taking your time to get to know the places around you,” says Brynjolfsson.

While telecommuting makes it easier than ever to take time off work, many people are coming back from stressful “breaks” more often than when they left. About 61% of Americans who took time off work in the past year do not consider them “real” vacation, according to a recent Expedia study of leave denial of 14,500 working adults in 16 countries. Furthermore, 72% of people who worked during their vacation reported feeling fatigued more than ever.

The Icelan Air report recommends travelers find balance by connecting with nature, staying active and practicing mindfulness while on vacation. For your workdays, take short breaks from the devices and find an accountability friend who can help you prioritize your comfort, whether it’s a remote colleague or a travel partner.

Finally, even though these cities have the infrastructure to work remotely, make sure some of your trip is logged out of – delete the email, practice proactive recovery and immerse yourself in your new destination.

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