Back in 2007, I had a job that required me to travel extensively. I was at a conference one time, and I spoke to another attendee who was more accustomed to business travel than I was. I told him I enjoyed the opportunity to go to new places all the time. He said something to the effect of, “So you’re still at the point where you see the travel as a perk? That won’t last.” He was apparently a salty old veteran of the jet set lifestyle and had become disillusioned with it.
It’s understandable. If you have a family, you don’t like to be away from them for long. Plus, air travel can be uncomfortable and inconvenient — especially with today’s security restrictions. It can be disorienting to try to find your way around a new place when you’re on a tight schedule. But I still relish it as an opportunity, and I try to make the most of it.
After a long hiatus, I’m back in the saddle of business travel with my current job. I don’t travel all the time, but I do it just enough to satisfy my need to go to new places. Unfortunately, I don’t find myself in the best financial position personally, so the only opportunities I get to travel significant distances is if someone else is footing the bill.
I recently spent a week in the Los Angeles area for work. It was a great trip. Sure I did a lot of work while I was there, but I also made time to play. I never once ordered room service in the hotel. I went out to eat at different places almost every time (a legitimate business expense because you have to eat somewhere). And, on my own dime, I also attended a Clippers game at Staples Center with my boss and spent an extra day traveling around with my camera to go to places I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to go.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
So, even after all these years, I still see business travel as an opportunity. I try very hard to take it all in and come back with some good pictures.
I have to admit it. I have a problem. (That’s the first step to recovery, right?)
I love to travel.
I don’t get tired of moving around. I am hooked on seeing new and exciting places all the time. I love to explore. Whether it’s a new city, a breathtaking mountain range or a soothing beach
Right now I am writing this from a hotel room in Panama City Beach, which is 769 miles from home. I never really thought I was capable of homesickness, but I do miss people when I am separated from them.
I got a text message this morning on my cell phone and wished I could do more than just type back. This afternoon I was reading a book that I borrowed from a friend and imagined her explaining the notes she had written in the margin. (One more reason to borrow books instead of buying them!) I imagined another good friend daring me to do something dangerous that made me uncomfortable but was probably character-forming.
I realize now how fortunate I am to live in an era when I can stay constantly connected to the people I care about with the Internet and cell phones. A text message or a Facebook status is no substitute for being there, but it is a good patch-up for homesickness.
Likewise technology enables people to do more work while staying closer to their families. The other day, my manager was both at home AND at work thanks to her laptop. In my previous job I was able to stay in touch with my office even when I was away at a conference. I could answer my cell phone and customers could not tell where I was.
I realize that not everyone has a job for which this sort of virtual office makes sense, but it’s becoming more and more common than you might think. And in my humble opinion (IMHO), that’s a very good thing.
Glad you're here but a little concerned that you haven't found a better use of your time than this