Sea or mountain? Discover the best incentive destinations for your business trip
We have previously dealt with incentive travel in our blog, as well as the reasons it could represent a valid solution for a company, but a question that arises spontaneously is that relating to the destination of the holiday.
Sea, mountains, lakes or cities of art, which are the most suitable destinations for an incentive trip?
The first dilemma on incentive travel: which time of year should you choose?
Before deciding on the destination of the holiday, it is essential to consider the most suitable period of the year to organize it.
It is advisable to categorically avoid the period close to the Christmas holidays, where it will be difficult to spend time with colleagues at the expense of the family, in particular, those with small children will find it unthinkable to spend this period away from them. Same speech for the Easter period where, also thanks to the closure of the schools, the departure could be difficult, but also economically inconvenient for the company; in fact, it is known that in connection with the holidays, the costs of transportation and stays tend to rise.
Another period to avoid is that of the summer holidays, where a person wants to completely disconnect from anything that may be linked to their working life, to spend time to cultivate their passions.
Considering these reflections, therefore, the periods of the year most suitable for an incentive trip may turn out to be autumn and spring thanks to better climatic conditions.
Incentive travel in Italy: many choices for all tastes
Those who want to organize an incentive trip within the borders of the Bel Paese, have only to indulge in choosing the destination. Sea, mountains, lakes, cities of art: in Italy we have everything and, not for nothing, we are one of the most touristic countries in the world.
Here are some proposals differentiated by geographical areas.
Asiago plateau, Aosta Valley and the Dolomites for an incentive trip at high altitude
If you want to opt for a destination in the mountains, with no doubt the Asiago plateau, the Aosta Valley and the Dolomites are the most suitable proposals.
From the organization of team-building with a sports background to sensory itineraries among the typical dishes of local cuisine, but also the possibility of taking advantage of structures intended for relax and well-being surrounded by snowy peaks. These are undoubtedly particularly popular solutions for those who opt for the mountains as a destination for an incentive trip.
It is also known how a stay in the mountains can regenerate body and mind, removing the frenzy of everyday life, thanks to the uncontaminated air that you breathe in areas like these. Long walks in the woods and fairy tale landscapes, such as the castles of the Aosta Valley, will be the backdrop for an incentive trip destined to be remembered for a long time.
The Mare Nostrum as an incentive travel destination: Sicily, Sardinia and the Amalfi Coast
If Italian mountains can offer wide and varied destinations, the sea certainly has nothing to envy.
If you want an incentive holiday dedicated to the sea and relax, Sardinia with its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters is undoubtedly the best solution. For those who want to alternate relax to historical trip, the best option is Sicily and the area of Agrigento, or Catania to break the beach routine with a few walks to discover Etna volcano and Taormina.
Other popular seaside destinations for an incentive trip could be the Amalfi Coast, with a visit to Capri and Pompeii.
The real Italian heritage: the cities of art
Although they are rarely chosen as a destination for an incentive trip, we cannot forgot to mention our cities of art. Venice, Rome, Florence, but also Matera and Siena.
Appreciate closely the grand beauties offered by these cities, unique in their kind, real open-air museums, primarily our capital. If you want to give a background almost from the past, Venice is the destination to be preferred, between coves and gondola rides and visits to the islands of Murano and Burano.
By opting for Siena you can also get to know the Val D’Orcia and the Val D’Elsa, with the related Tuscan villages that make them up, from Montalcino to Montepulciano, passing through the New York of the Middle Ages: San Gimignano. In these areas, you can also create a sort of double background holiday, from visiting museums to quad, biking or horseback riding in the hills. Finally Matera, European Capital of Culture for the year 2019, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tour of the lakes: from Maggiore to Garda
Starting from Stresa you could organize a tour that also includes a visit to the famous islands of Lake Maggiore, an interesting solution for an audience even of a certain age.
If you want to promote an incentive trip for a young and dynamic team of fun and light-heartedness, Lake Garda is the perfect destination. Famous not only for the lake itself but above all for the countless parks surrounding this area: Gardaland, Movieland, Caneva, Sigurtà, Natura Viva, Jungle Adventure, Medieval Times. You are spoiled for choice!
Incentive travel abroad: European capitals, long-haul trends and cruises
Those who aspire to a destination outside the Italian borders but without leaving Europe could opt for a great classic or the visit of a European capital. From London to Paris, but also Berlin, Prague, Athens, Istanbul or Dublin.
If, on the other hand, you prefer discover unfamiliar environments and territories from those of Italy, one could move towards the Canary Islands, between the sea, ocean waves and volcanoes, or Iceland and the fjords of Norway which undoubtedly represent unusual destinations., but above all different realities from the one we live in.
Incentive trips to Croatia, Malta, Crete, Greek islands, southern France and Spain have also been very successful, besides the oceanic coasts of Portugal.
In case you want to opt for a long-haul destination for a corporate trip, the charm of the United States is timeless: New York, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. Canada has also recently become one of the most popular foreign destinations, but the real trend of recent years is the discovery of the east, Singapore and Japan in the first place, followed by Thailand, but also Middle Eastern cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Finally, although rarely chosen, cruises are the last alternative for an incentive trip. From the classic ones in the Mediterranean, the Greek islands and the Caribbean, to get to the river ones on the Danube or the Nile, they will inevitably contribute to the creation and strengthening of team spirit and harmony within the team.
What can be useful in choosing the destination of an incentive trip?
Providing our employees with a survey with possible destinations and periods of the year to understand the availability and actual interests, could help and guarantee the success of this prize donated by the company to its collaborators.
However, it is important to keep in mind the fact that the organization of an incentive trip inevitably requires attention and time spent not only in the destination’s choice but also in everything related to travel, the team-building activities to be proposed, and the request for estimates and related economic evaluation. For all these reasons, we recommend the support of expert and qualified personnel, daily engaged in organizing events of this type.