Do you dream in debits and credits? Would you rather play with pivot tables in Excel than sip fruity cocktails from a beach bungalow? Everyone needs to take time off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your passion for numbers with you. Check out our picks for best vacation spots for people who love numbers.
What better spot stateside than the home of the original U.S. Mint? The U.S Mint was created by the Coinage Act of 1792. At the time, Philadelphia was the nation’s capital, so the first mint facility was built there. The original smelt house opened in September of that year and was the first public building erected by the U.S. government. Two other buildings on the property soon followed. A fire destroyed all three buildings in 1816. Today, only a small plaque remains to memorialize the spot.
The second Philadelphia Mint was demolished in 1902, but the third building still stands intact. Operational from 1901 – 1973, the building featured seven themed glass mosaics designed by Louis C. Tiffany. Much of the interior remains. The building was acquired by the Community College of Philadelphia in 1973.
The fourth Philadelphia Mint building is still in use today and can produce up to one million coins in 30 minutes. Take a tour of the Mint to view the minting facility from an enclosed catwalk overhead.
After learning about the birthplace of U.S. coinage, you can take a trip to Rome, the birthplace of Roman numerals. The seven basic symbols used in Roman numerals date back to Ancient Rome, around 900 to 800 BC, and remained the standard for writing numbers throughout Europe until the Roman Empire fell around 300 AD.
Today, there are many ruins of Ancient Rome to visit. The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian in 80 AD, and the nearby Arch of Constantine was built in 315 AD. The Pantheon was built between 118 – 125 AD by Emperor Hadrian. It is the best-preserved building of Ancient Rome.
Switzerland’s financial sector employs about 6% of the country’s total workforce and accounts for 10% of its economic output. Zurich, home to UBS and Credit Suisse, is one of the world’s top 10 financial centers.
The term “Swiss bank account” has become synonymous with financial security and secrecy. The Banking Law of 1934 made it a criminal act for a Swiss bank to reveal the name of an account holder, similar to doctor/patient confidentiality or attorney/client privilege. In the wake of the UBS tax evasion scandal, banking law was amended in 2009 to limit tax evasion by non-Swiss bank clients.
While in Zurich, check out the Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zurich). The museum’s numismatics collection houses nearly 100,000 objects, including banknotes, securities, credit cards and dies in addition to coins and medals, running from Celtic coinage to currently valid tender in metal and paper.
The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the Western Caribbean Sea and a historically tax-exempt destination. Legend has is that in 1794, Caymanians rescued the crews of 10 merchant ships that had run aground during a storm. One of the ships was reported to be carrying a member of King George III’s family, so he rewarded the island with a promise to never introduce taxes.
While the veracity of that tale is disputed, the islands are still recognized as tax havens because the government has never imposed an income tax, capital gains tax, corporate income tax, or a wealth tax of any kind. Instead, their primary source of income is indirect taxation. They collect an import duty of 5% – 22% on all goods imported into the islands (29.5% – 100% for automobiles).
Still the country is a beautiful place to visit. While you’re there setting up a shell corporation, check out Seven Mile Beach, the site of a number of the islands’ hotels and resorts. Although the beach is now only 5.5 miles long, the clear waters and beautiful beaches lure visitors from around the world.
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