How Do You Avoid Travel Burn-Out?


Traveling is a huge part of my life and I love it. Yet, when you travel regularly, it can change your attitude of a destination. While organising an event, you may visit a place up to 20 times, and you can even lose the connection with a city you have great fondness for. If you focus only on how it will deliver your event, it can become somewhere you perceive in a functional way. You can be an expert on its event product, without feeling the real character of the city at all.

Annalisa Ponchia

I like to feel comfortable in the places I visit and try hard not to lose the connection. While there, I live like a local. I walk places without a map and avoid tourist attractions. Instead, I seek out great running routes, try the local food stores and eat in popular restaurants.

Annalisa Ponchia Baccara, CMP, CMM, European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) Chief Executive Officer

Paris is a favourite city, and its elegant, warm, and the large boulevard layout is truly beautiful. When there I visit Les Ombres, a relaxing restaurant that is loomed over by the iconic Eiffel Tower — it’s wonderful. Another favourite is Tickets in Barcelona, with head chef Albert Adrià. Restaurants are a great way to feel the vibe of a city and I wholeheartedly recommend taking the time to find the ones you can connect with.

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