What do these two events have in common?
- Attending a “Wish Upon a Star” viewing of the constellations from Coit observatory in Boston.
- Take a “Behind the Scenes” tour of Boston’s Symphony Hall and inscribe your favorite composer’s name in the wall.
Yes, both of these events are in Boston, to be sure, but did you know that they’re also free? Frequent Business Travelers often face a paradox. While companies are usually fairly generous when it comes to business related expenses, they are notoriously cheap when it comes to reimbursing personal expenditures. Part of what keeps travelers interested in leaving their homes so often in the first place, is the chance to see and do things in strange new places that they don’t often get to do when they’re home. The tendency after a long day at work however, is to decline such invitations (especially if they’re prohibitively expensive) in favor of preparation and rest for the next business day.
Finding a list of free activities makes it a bit easier to be more aggressive about making the time to get out and see new things. It always amazes me what is free and what costs money, depending on where I am in this great country. For example, while driving en-route from Los Angeles to Houston, I had just enough time in my schedule to squeeze in a quick visit to the Grand Canyon. By “quick,” I mean I literally had about two hours to drive over, park, “see” the canyon, and drive back to my route. I had NO IDEA that the side trip would cost me $25! I pay my federal taxes and the Grand Canyon is a national park, right? Right, but it still costs money to enter, more money to camp, eat, trek, etc. Meanwhile, most city zoos I go to are free and I don’t even pay city taxes to live in those locations (the city locations… not the zoo)!
Anyway, here’s a list of “25 Free Activities in the City of Boston” to get you started. I’m sure there are similar lists to be found with very little research. A cursory glance at this particular list shows some things of legitimate interest (to me, anyway), so give it a try!
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