I have never NOT traveled for work.
There were times when I traveled more than others, but I’ve always been willing to get on an airplane because it demonstrated commitment, flexibility, and an interest in bigger issues.
You want me in Scottsdale for a leadership team meeting? Overland Park for a recruiting event? Louisville for a tour of the GE Appliances factory? You got it.
It’s not like this is an easy choice. I know it must seem so simple because I don’t have children, but I do have animals. And a husband. And a life. I don’t particularly enjoy the risk of bed bugs. I hate using hotel room hair dryers. It doesn’t do my marriage any good to be separated for five days in a row.
This past week, I was on a flight from Atlanta to Seattle. Five hours and twenty-one minutes. I was promised wifi and there was no wifi. I was hoping for an upgrade and there was no upgrade. I forgot a book. I forgot headphones. I stared out the window. I sat next to a guy with a tear tattooed on his face. I watched The Karate Kid remake. Without sound. It sucked for seven thousand reasons, none of them audible.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not fun to spend time on germy planes and in stuffy conference banquet halls, but it’s 100% better than sitting in a cubicle working on TPS reports.
I see travel as a short-term hassle that will benefit my life in the long-term.
So if you get the opportunity to travel, say yes. Go do something new. Be glad someone is paying you to do it. And if your spouse travels, realize that it’s not forever. It can open up a world of opportunities. It’s better than having a spouse who works in an office, has no freedom to set his own schedule, and doesn’t have a conversation with anyone all day long except for the receptionist and the office security guard.
Trust me. That’s no way to live.
Embrace travel. Do it before they cut your budget and make you watch The Karate Kid without headphones.