Traveling for work is interesting business. It's a mixture of several different types of experiences all rolled into one. On one hand there's the undesirable stress of the travel itself. Cramped seating, bustling airports, delays and unexpected developments. Ugh. On the other hand there is the prospect of a change in scenery, a decent meal and if you are lucky, a nice hotel stay.
It's a mixed bag really. But whether you enjoy it or not, how we pass the time says something significant about ourselves. For example--I'm writing this on the plane via mobile, the guy next to me is reading a novel called "Busting Vegas"--the guy next to him is reading a book about the CIA. The woman in front of me is listening to her iPod, the guy next to her is sleeping, the kid next to him is playing video games and the young man in front of him is working on a laptop.
So what do you do? Read, write, sleep, play, watch, chat? Personally, I'm not a huge fan of business travel, but when I do it--I try to take the opportunity to reflect on things. I'll write down ideas, sketch something out or do a little reading (currently reading a book about risk). I don't like working on planes unless I have no choice, but I do enjoy working from a hotel with good internet service and a well designed desk area.
I'll probably have this post up minutes after I touchdown in Boston--writing it was a nice way to pass some time. So how do you travel? And what do you think it says about you?