My life often circulates around airports these days. Getting there, waiting there, and finally, getting away from there. Airports are the main downside of being a frequent flyer, so I’ve learned to make the best of them.
I travel a LOT. Both to manage client events and for fun. And in this nomadic lifestyle, I’ve come up with a packing list that does it all. It gives me the supplies I need to stay healthy, energetic and calm when working events and taking what are usually hyperactive vacations.
Managing events in far-off locations means long, hectic hours. So when I’m on the road, I work to find ways to fully enjoy the scarce downtime I get. One of my favourites: a leisurely meal in a destination restaurant that I haven’t tried. I’m a foodie and love to explore new places.
Whew! I’m back home after an exhilarating three weeks managing a client event in Kiev, Ukraine. Normally, I’d race back to Seattle and hit the ground running to manage another client event. But this time, I gave myself a gift of some downtime with family and my home country to recharge my batteries.
Whether it’s for business or pleasure, traveling solo can be a freeing experience or a trying one. But mostly, I find traveling by myself to be exhilarating. You see, perceive, and experience things differently when you’re not in the comfort zone of friends, family and business colleagues.