I spent the large majority of yesterday trying to reach my final destination for what will most likely be my last business trip for a very long time. My job does not require me to meet customers or collaborate with other co-workers at different locations. This professional development course is the first time I have ever had a good reason to get on a plane and visit our headquarters or other locations and meet some of my co-workers. That part has been fun.
And while I am not a seasoned traveler by any means, I have learned a few things about the process, which I thought I would share with you.
- As a mother, there is nothing quite like the solitude of a quiet hotel room. Seriously, it is the reason why I love business travel. Getting away from the nagging, constant questioning, fighting, running around to various activities, and general worry makes me better appreciate what I have…after at least one night of nothing but silence.
- A majority of the travelers these days are men. I find this very, very sad. Most of the women travelers are mothers with young children or retirees off to visit children. Apparently, I am not the only woman who does not travel very often.
- No one looks like this in the airport. Let me clarify. They ALL are on the phone talking or checking their watches or on their laptops, but no one wears a power suit on the airplane.
- White stretch pants that are too tight with a blue thong and no oversized sweater is NOT a pretty sight.
- For that matter, track suits, pajamas, and any other sportswear is not a pretty look when traveling either. Have some pride, people!
- No matter how small you are, you will still get bumped, jostled, and bruised by the flight attendants and your seat partner. Be prepared.
- If you ever felt pretty good about yourself and your place in life, just fly coach. It will rid you of your delusions very, very quickly.
- Often, the infants and the young children are the best fellow passengers. It is the adults about which you need to worry.
- No one looks like this on the plane.
- It will always take much, much longer than anticipated to reach your destination.
- Trying to sleep in jeans, an underwire bra, and a turtleneck sweater to which you are allergic is torture.
- If an airline promises delivery of your bag by 10 PM and calls later to confirm that the driver will be dropping it off by 12 AM, just do yourself a favor and do not expect your bag to arrive until roughly around 2 AM. It will save yourself a lot of heartache and anger.
So, what other lessons have you learned while traveling? What did I miss?
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