Friday, July 24, 2009
Travel is always interesting whether it's for business or pleasure. It can be a metaphor for living. We have to prepare well, set reasonable expectations, and be flexible. This is particularly true for the lone traveler or a small self supported group. Trips rarely go as planned, but that's part of the adventure. At home there is usually a routine that serves as a template for the day, week or month. On the road you have to make it up as you go along. Every day there are new challenges - where to eat, what to see, how far to travel, where to sleep, am I paying too much, etc. At home these decisions are supported by a familiar environment. On the road every one of them asks us to consider a number of alternatives - most of them unfamiliar. They take us out of our comfort zone in some cases. That's where the adventure kicks in. Business or pleasure it's always different and sometimes challenging but it's never routine. That's what I like about it.