Alan Donegan: PopUp Business School Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Financially Independent Pizza Lover, Marvel Movie fan and soon to be Script Writer
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The answer is fairly simple. It is cheaper and so much cooler! Read on to see the maths and reasons and some ideas to inspire you to do more with your team meetings.....
Is it really cheaper to come to Poland?
The first year we did a team retreat we went up to London and stayed in a nice hotel near Waterloo and worked from the communal areas. There was only 4 of us at that one so it was easy to hang out in cafes and other areas. The event was only 2 nights away so it wasn't that bad. It still cost £47 return on the train £80 a night in the hotel and then every meal was £80 so it soon mounted up! But as there was only 4 of us it wasn't that bad!
Since then the numbers of people at PopUp have grown massively and we are now up to 12 of us! We have done team retreats all over the place:
Why do you care? Doing our team meetings like this is the complete opposite of most companies and we find it get's us better results and we have a better time.
A week versus a day. In most companies they get together for an away day and have a normal meeting. How much can you get done in a day? How can you bond? We spend an entire week away together bonding as a team, planning and organising and we make HUGE progress
Home Country versus abroad. Most companies go to the local city and hire a room for everyone and do presentations all day. Leaving the country together, travelling to a new area and experiencing new things has an incredibly positive effect on us all
Presentations versus working together. Now don't get me wrong PopUp Business School and especially me LOVE a good PowerPoint but most companies get it all wrong and just talk at their teams! We spend a week working together on our biggest challenges, planning and organising.
The economics of geo-arbitrage
Is coming to Poland actually better financially for the company?
When you add all this up it is substantially cheaper and COOLER to come to Poland! We get looked after better here, the food is better, the whole experience is better.
£100 a night minimum saving on food, £250 a night minimum saving on the hotel, £150 on the room hire! We will have saved £3500 + by coming to Poland rather than staying in the UK!
So when you are next planning your team meetings for your business or you are planning a weekend away with your friends maybe you should think about getting out of the USA, or getting out of the UK and exploring the world whilst saving money!
Geo-arbitrage is an AMAZING business tool when used right! Get out and see the world!
Where will you go for your next weekend away? Where will you go for your next team meeting? I would love to know how you have saved money by getting out or where you plan to go!
Thanks for reading. Alan