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10 Reasons Why I Love Business Travel

Categories: Workplace Productivity

It’s Sunday afternoon, and when I wrote this, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas.

From there, I head to San Diego on Tuesday to deliver a speech. Then, it’s a red eye home.

Last week, I had at least five people say, “Don’t you hate to travel? Aren’t you dreading the next few days?”

Although I don’t like leaving home on Sundays, my response to them was, “No.”

Since many of you reading this also travel for work, I thought I’d give my top 10 reason (in no special order) that business travel is a gift.

  1. I am working. Given the state of the economy, I feel blessed to be working -- and I love what I do.
  2. Dragging my suitcase (I only do carry-on) and my laptop, etc., around the airport give me great exercise. I used to complain about this, but now that I view it as gym time, I say “Bring it on!”
  3. It gives me more chances to DO. Whether it’s waiting before a flight, or sitting on the plane (trains work, as well), I have time to catch up on reading, writing or thinking. When else do you have hours of uninterrupted time?
  4. I have a chance to see different areas of the country. Granted there’s not much time, but by arriving a few hours early or staying late, I can take a tour of the city, go to a museum, or just walk around.
  5. By staying in hotels, I have the luxury of ordering room service. And, I can try foods from different regions.
  6. In the hotel, I have total control of the remote control. Not to say that my husband doesn’t share, but he doesn’t!
  7. I can go to sleep whenever I want. This means I can stay up and watch late night TV or go to bed at 7.
  8. There are fascinating people all around -- other road warriors, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, clients, etc. I’ve learned a lot simply by asking questions.
  9. Did I mention that I’m grateful to be working? To have a job that helps people be more effective, to love that job, and to get paid for it – what could be better?
  10. The chance to go home. Having missed family and friends, and to be missed, I look forward to business travel, so I can go home again.
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