For the last thirty years I have traveled for business through every state in the United States plus visits to British Columbia and Ontario. One insane year I visited 35 states and was away from home for 250 days and nights. I belong to every frequent flier program and carry cards for all of the major hotel chains.
The Imperfect Traveler
Have worn out at least a dozen pieces of luggage and have given away that many when they did not live up to the promise of online blurb, or when my travel tactics changed. I have learned a little bit about surviving on the road and traveling for work rather than vacations or retirement. I used to read all of the books and articles about traveling that I could find, but I realized they were not written for me.
They were written for people who vacation and have what the airlines call “flexibility in their travel plans”. I have 150 people waiting for me in Omaha at 8 am. Tomorrow. They were written for people who never spill spaghetti sauce on their clothing, always stay in towns where food is available after 8pm from something other than a gas station or vending machine, where the nearest department store (meaning Wal-Mart) is not 100 miles away, and never find themselves in a community too small or remote to have a wi-fi signal.
Whose luggage was not left to soak on a runway in a monsoon.
They visit places only where the online maps and GPS readings are always accurate.
Those articles are for people never get food poisoning or mystery rashes in a town with no emergency clinic, whose clients never forget to make hotel reservations in New York City during a major convention, and who never have to stay in a town where every available room is booked by high school softball teams, (whose members have never been away from home before).
And definitely they are written for people who never have to contend with hurricanes, tornado warnings, bridge collapses, Presidential visits, squalls, lake effect blizzards, ice storms, airline personnel strikes, computer breakdowns, lightning storms, power outages, squalls, wind shears, or floods.
So, although this blog mostly is about adult education and issues impacting our clients’ workplaces and careers, from time to time I thought I might indulge myself in sharing tips for people who have to travel on a budget, show up places on time, and who are not superhuman at organization and self-discipline.
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