The Top 5 Destinations for Employees Who Travel for Work

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Where does your work take you?

We recently surveyed 502 US employees to find out how many travel for work and where they go.

Turns out, more than half have traveled across state lines for work-related purposes within the last 12 months. Of those travelers, 38 percent have spent more than 30 days in another state, and 7 percent said they worked in four states or more for over 30 days per trip. Fun! But where is everybody going?

 

The top 10 most visited states for business:

  1. Texas
  2. New York
  3. Florida
  4. California
  5. Georgia
  6. Ohio
  7. Illinois
  8. Tennessee
  9. Virginia
  10. Indiana

Our research shows employees who travel for work are likely doing it simply because they love to travel. They love to experience new places, try different cuisine, and interact with locals. So we asked our respondents where they like to travel most. Here are the top five business travel destinations within the United States — and what they have to offer visitors who’ve got some time off the clock to kill.

 

5. Tennessee

Why employees love it:

  • Honky-tonks. Nashville is so famous for these boot-stompin’, country music-blasting establishments that employees can’t help themselves when it’s time to travel to Nashville for work. No matter what night, there’s always a honky-tonk open and bumping, so visitors can easily soak up Nashville’s country music scene.
  • Graceland. Tourists love Elvis Presley’s eight-bedroom mansion in Nashville. The home is now a national museum that includes pianos, a jungle room, a car display, and even where the King is laid to rest.
  • The blues. Whether you’re visiting for work or for play, a few days in Tennessee wouldn’t be right without the blues. In Memphis and south into Mississippi, blues, R&B, and soul are the sounds of the land.

For more activities and things to do in Tennessee, check out https://www.tnvacation.com/

 

4. Texas

Why employees love it:

  • Rich food. Texans love their BBQ, and although y’all might not want to conduct a business meeting with sauce on your face, residents will encourage you to try all things hickory-smoked. Once you’ve checked barbecue off your list, take your meeting to Tex-Mex or make a reservation at one of the many restaurants serving upscale American cuisine. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet tea.
  • Golf. Texas is a hot destination for those who prefer a sunny day on the green to a stuffy boardroom. And with amazing courses like Dallas National, Whispering Pines, the Colonial Country Club, and Cordillera Ranch, the Texas golf culture is on point.
  • Music. Willie Nelson. Buddy Holly. Beyonce. So many famous musicians hail from the Lone Star State, it’s no surprise employees want to check out the nightlife and blow off some steam on the dance floor or at a concert after work. Add major music festivals like SXSW to that list and visitors have no excuse not to jam.

Need more? Here are 25 things to do to make the most of your Texas business trip.

 

3. New York

Why employees love it:

  • Night owl’s delight. After a long day of meetings, you can still soak up some culture in the city that never sleeps. Catch a comedy show, get tickets to a play, or simply snack and sip your way through the city’s energetic boroughs.
  • Spontaneity. In New York, there’s something new to see on every block. From spotting a doggie fashion show in Central Park to getting swept up in a subway dance performance, if you can imagine it, there’s a good chance it exists in the Big Apple.
  • Beautiful views. Folks from all over the world flock to places like the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building for the best views of the city’s monster skyline. And no traveler should miss a chance to see huge collections of the world’s most treasured masterpieces at the iconic New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ready to take on the Empire State? Here are 30 things to get you through your business trip in NYC.

 

2. Florida

Why employees love it:

  • The sunshine. Nothing beats spending the last part of a difficult workday lounging in the sand with a good book or chatting poolside with friends. If you aren’t from a state with an average temperature of 70 degrees, you’re probably dreaming of a trip to Florida by the time winter rolls through your hometown.
  • Theme parks. If the weather isn’t enough — and it is for most people — Orlando is another happening place for business travelers, for obvious, Disney-related reasons. There is an array of convention spaces and hotels in the area as well, so combining business and play is never a chore.
  • Miami. Not a Disney fanatic? Employees visiting Miami love it for its exciting nightlife, exceptional beaches, and Caribbean flare. Midwesterners, don’t forget to have a classic Cubano before you catch your flight back to a slightly less colorful reality.

Read on for more of what Florida has to offer.

 

1. California

Employees love visiting California the most!

There’s the Coast, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and everything in between on the iconic stretch of highway known in California as “the 101.”

  • The wine. California is known for producing world-class wines. And restaurants throughout the state are stocked with some of the best bottles around. Business travelers love to go tasting in wine country or simply grab a bottle as a gift for a client or partner.
  • The 101. Highway 101 runs north to south along California’s beautiful coast, from the redwood forest to the US-Mexico border. Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara are just a few of the beautiful stops along between San Fran to LA. Known in California as “the 101,” the highway is a must-drive for any California trip.
  • The radical people. California is truly the edge of the world, and that edge is sharp. You’ll find all kinds out in California, from infamous Hollywood celebrities and San Diego rollerbladers to the activists, entrepreneurs, and organic farmers of the Bay.

Want more to do in California? Check this out.

 

Time to hit the road

For those who love to travel, traveling for work is a win-win! Those pesky travel expenses are usually covered by the company, and employees are often compensated for their willingness to hop across state lines. But do they have to pay state income tax when they spend time working in another state? The answer might surprise you!

Less than a third of our respondents said they currently pay additional state income taxes when they travel for business — and they could be breaking the law. Are you? Check out our Complete Guide to State Taxes for Mobile Workers to find out.

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