I blogged about business travel some time ago, and how it really is not very glamorous.
Given that I am currently spending three days in Western Canada, I thought that people who do not travel much might be interested in understanding some of the challenges associated with business travel.
Travel typically means long days …
I booked flights from Ottawa to Edmonton, from Edmonton to Calgary and from Calgary to Ottawa. The flights need to maximise the available business time and therefore mean long days.
In order to have a full day in Edmonton Tuesday I needed to be on a flight Monday evening . I was in bed in Edmonton at 11pm (Mountain time … 1am Eastern time) which makes for a really long day.
I was on a 8pm flight to Calgary which had me tucked in bed in Calgary about 11pm Tuesday night … another long day.
I leave Calgary on a 6pm flight tomorrow which gets me into Ottawa at midnight, so home by 1am … another long day!
The hassles …
Travel these days means long security lines and baggage issues. If you want to manage with carry on then you need to plan your wardrobe well in advance and you need to manage toiletries to meet regulatory requirements.
Travel can be fun for meeting new people … but you can also get “stuck” with some “characters”!
Travel can be hard on your possessions … it is so easy to leave that shirt in a drawer, or in the bathroom etc. Hotels can never seem to find them again!
None of the above takes into account the technology hassles of travel, the planning required for client meetings and the desire to spend as much time with the staff as possible!
So … I actually enjoy this travel, do you think there is something wrong with me?