Travel vs. Adventure

Traveling for business isn’t always as fun as it might sound.

During my 21 years of business travel, I would prepare my uniform: black pants, black shoes, black socks, black belt, and a rotating assortment of colorful blazers and shirts. It was the same every week: drive to the airport, fight traffic, search for a parking space, drag my luggage through the airport, endure endless security drama, finish up on any emails or parts of the presentation that I wasn’t finished with, sometimes talk to strange neighbors with awkward reading material, struggle with baggage claim, deal with lost luggage, arrive at the hotel at midnight, wait in long hotel lines (especially in Vegas), interact with rude hotel staff, and finally collapse in a hotel room that may or may not be clean and comfortable.

Why are we doing this? What is our life energy worth to us?

Once you sit down and really start figuring out what your life energy costs, it might not be worth it. What do you really get paid per hour? What could you change to bring more peace, joy, and love into your life? You must negotiate for your life. Nobody else will. You are your own best advocate.

“Adventure” is so much more than “travel”

Travel for fun is an entire different adventure. Sure, some of the frustrations of business travel still occur, but a vacation has no specific time agenda (unless you are completely type A and need every minute planned!). My vacations sometimes have drama, but I get to enjoy my family and friends in the process. There are no uniforms. I get to relax, take my time, and enjoy the scenery around me. I make time to learn about new cultures, people, and lifestyles.

Take the time to travel… now!

Traveling can be exhausting whether it is for work or for fun, so I recommend starting when you are healthy and young. Make it a lifelong priority and habit to explore the world. Walk the streets of St. Petersburgh, Russia. Enjoy the green, flat, rural fairytale land of Hans Christian Anderson in Copenhagen. Experience the beautiful Royal Palace in Stockholm. Discover why Helsinki is known as the stunning “White City of the North,” with its gleaming white Neoclassical buildings commissioned by Russian rulers in the 19th century.

To be a better negotiator: get out and see the world! It opens your eyes to different cultures and it improves your emotional intelligence, which ultimately contributes to your negotiating skills.

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