I changed jobs last summer and my new position requires taking trips around Europe a few times per year. London, Paris and Amsterdam are the most frequent destinations, but it can be that I need to also be in Madrid or Poland, depending on where the fire drill is 🙂
I know that traveling is something like the holy grail of job requirements. Everyone is looking for a job that will take them away from everyday routine – I was too. I also know that too much of this can become tiresome quickly, let alone burdensome when family and especially children come into the picture. But I’m new to this and I’m trying to enjoy every bit of it!!!!
I’m actually a sucker for traveling. Unlike most people I know, I actually enjoy every bit of it-even the hassle of getting to the airport, waiting in line for hours, over priced Starbucks coffee and delays that can ruin your schedule. I always thought of traveling as a moment to pamper myself. I’d buy the latest French or British Vogue, this travel set by Essie that is only on offer in airports, moisturizers by Clinique for my mom, the latest Best Seller to take me through the train ride/flight and every single gadget I thought I really needed (global adapter-check). (I’m not going to elaborate here on how luxurious I make my boat trips – hopefully I can do a summer post on this one.)
Now that I’ve started traveling for work, which means I have a little less time in my hands as the trip can really last for less than 24 hours, I get a bit less pleasure out of Vogue and a little more out of a fellow passenger before who knows how security checks work and does not become a bottleneck 🙂 Lame, I know, but I guess this is what happens to travel lovers that do not travel by choice but they’re asked to (what happens to lovers of all sorts I believe when they’re forced to love…)
So for this two one-day trips, I packed light (always do….*) and boarded a plane on Thursday morning (very eaaaaarrrly morning :-/) from Brussels to London. What? A plane? What about Eurostar? As much as I love the train (always gives me a very romantic idea about myself and the world as a whole), the airfare was cheaper than the train (!!!), plus I had to be close to Heathrow for work.
I spent the day in lovely Twickenham becoming wiser on the future of cloud computing (!!! – this is my day job actually), got myself a nice burger for dinner and left to train station the very next morning to Paris for a few meetings there, before coming back to Brussels on Friday evening.
Even when things are hectic like that, there’s no reason not to take a few moments and appreciate beauty wherever we are, whatever we do. I think it is super important to never lose sight of the nice things in life, the things that make us appreciate what we have a little more, all these bits and pieces that make life #worthlivinit.
*You know how some people hate traffic? I hate having to carry a bag. When it’s less than 48 hours I have to spend to a place, I don’t even have a carry-on with me, I limit myself to a weekender. The craziest thing I’ve done is traveling to the US with only hand luggage for a week. Which meant I had to wear my male friends’ jackets because it was colder than I though. That’s why in all pictures from that trip I look like Eminem circa 2000.
P.S. I was reading a great article on air travel the other day, give it a look here.