First steps in the Hi-Tech sales world

September 18, 2007

The best and worst of flying for work reasons

Filed under: Personal, Startup, travel, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — . @ 12:57 pm

Well, the best is trivial.
You fly for free.
You stay at expensive hotels.
You get the flight points and can then get free tickets.
You spend time away from the desk in new countries.
You meet interesting people.
The list goes on.

But yesterday, coming back from my latest trip, I pinpointed the number one reason why flying for work sucks.
The worst of business travel is not that you find yourself in a great place and have no free time, it’s not that you spend endless hours in crappy airports with no sleep for days. It’s not the tiny seats in the planes, or the airline food. It’s not even the times you find yourself in a hotel, not sure of the time, day or country you are currently in. All that is trivial.
When you finally get off the plane coming home, dead tired, missing the people that you love so much that it hurts, pass the customs stand, and enter the reception hall.
benguarr.jpg

There, you find yourself in front of a wall of people, standing there expectantly with balloons, flowers and signs. As you walk, all around you people are running and hugging and shouting with joy. And you keep walking, past this most happy and exciting place, so obvious that you are not part of this festival with your suit and carry on bag. You exit the building, and take another shitty cab home.
That room, that hall, reminding you each time how coming back home from another country should really be like, symbolizes to me everything that work trips really are. Lonely.

More to come.

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4 Comments »

  1. This is so true that it makes me cry.
    Somehow I never thought of it like that, but yes – that single cursed hall signifies the loneliness of these “great” trips you get for “free” from work.

    Comment by Tsahi Levent-Levi — September 18, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

  2. This blog is definitely not a tale of sorrow, it usually tries to show the humorous side of our life. But this post and the next will be dedicated to the downside. Stay posted…

    Comment by thebeginner — September 18, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

  3. I actually know that – I read you because it’s funny most of the time, and close to the daily feelings that I have…
    By the way – the picture you placed here is from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Correct?

    Comment by Tsahi Levent-Levi — September 20, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  4. Not sure, as I’ve never been, but I believe it is 🙂

    BTW – following several cries for less depressing posts, the serious outlooks on life have been pushed away to a further date.
    By this act I have joined the same club as Microsoft, with their dependable dates of promised deliveries…
    Please shoot me.

    Comment by thebeginner — September 20, 2007 @ 12:45 pm


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