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Roamin' Holiday

Let a vacation put you on the road to a great start-up idea.

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This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Want another reason to plan that trip to Hawaii? Not only is vacationing good for the soul and great for the tan, but it can also open your mind to new business ideas. Imagine leaving on a jet plane--only to come back home with the seeds of a moneymaking venture planted in your head.

"It's not so much the vacation as the downtime where [you] have fewer distractions," says Carole D. Stovall, a psychologist and business coach in Washington, DC. "People talk about getting some of their best ideas in the shower. A vacation is like that morning shower, where your mind can work through information." In that relaxed state, your mind is open to new concepts.

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