This week we’ll be away from our office most of the week, so we’re planning, organizing, and trying to get a head start on the things we won’t be able to do while we’re gone. Thanks to technology, that list has become much shorter than in the past.
But it also brought to mind, all of the people we’ve met on our travels. We all have a collection of “travel archetypes” in our mind; think of the term “road warrior” and you can probably form an almost instantaneous mental picture. In fact we think that this particular stereotype is so commonplace that it may be impacting people’s view of business travel so powerfully that they (and that includes business travellers themselves) have difficulty seeing business travel in a positive light. In fact, they may even be confused or embarrassed if they actually feel good about packing a suitcase and heading away from home.
We think that needs to change. Going away from our home or office gives us a chance to do things differently. It’s a way to see new places or form fresh connections with places we’ve been before. It can make us better planners and organizers, and it gives us a chance to expand our network. So we like to think of ourselves not as “road warriors” but maybe “road explorers”, or on a really great travel day, full of discoveries and moments of serendipity, “road pioneers”. We like to use our time on the road coming up with new ways to solve problems and generate ideas.
So the next time someone says to us, “Gee, it must be tough being on the road so often”, or asks, “Isn’t it hard, all that travel”, we’ll give them a firm and enthusiastic, “No way!” Then we’ll tell them about our latest adventure and how it’s made us better, wiser, faster, or stronger.
If you’re on the road this week, and are happy to be there, we salute you!
Megann & Steve