Friday, August 11, 2017

The Puzzle of Business Travel

This week I'm in Seattle on my first business trip with my new company.  I don't expect to be doing much travel in my new capacity, so this is a rare opportunity for me to get some time out on the road.

Business travel can be hard.  It's tough to keep up at work, sleep comes at a premium, hassles are everywhere, and the diet usually suffers.  That being said, I do very much enjoy it, and I think it is because, to me, it is a big puzzle to solve.

What time to be where.  The best route to take.  Figuring out the best way to get a potential upgrade.  Finding the gate.  All of it is kind of like a big sudoku puzzle to solve.  Even when things go totally sideways with things like cancelled flights and overbooked hotels, there is still a component of those situations that energizes me due to my need to figure out the best way out of my mess.

While I don't think I'd like to do it every week like some, it is nice to be back on the road, albeit for a short and infrequent trip.

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