Why couldn't you be traveling for both? OR...
Why couldn't you work for a company that believed you could ACTUALLY enjoy your job - that it would be a pleasure to work there AND you would still be a productive, contributing, engaged employee?
Hmmm....maybe having a Wii at your office is a bit much. (We have one at my office.) However, there are a few things you CAN do that will help change the culture where you work even if your office or industry is pretty straight laced.
1. Music - The University of Illinois actually did a study on playing music in the workplace and they discovered that employees that listened to music during work hours showed HIGHER levels of productivity than those employees at companies that ban it. Get some music playing in your place of business! Silence kills productivity.
2. Make it Fun - Find ways to recognize your employees and co-workers with fun activities once in a while at work. Everyone needs this from time to time. Have a "Fat Friday" and have everyone bring in a dish to pass for lunch or have "Breakfast with the President/CEO" as a reward for someone going the extra mile. You could also go somewhere off-site for a meeting or two and have fun with your team. Change of scenery is always good.
3. Appoint a Champion - Put someone in charge of making sure they proactively seek out ways to make the place you work a pleasure. We have a First Impressions Coordinator and she does a fabulous job not only creating and managing an environment that is impressive to our clients, but also enjoyable for our team. She takes care of music selections, air fresheners, telling people to pick up after themselves, decorating ideas and TONS more.
Everything matters when it comes to creating a culture of success at work. Making your workplace a hub for business AND pleasure is a good first step in a new direction. You might be surprised that the very changes you've been resisting may actually end up being the things that propel your business to the next level in productivity!