Reader BOShappyflyer wants to know if I get sick of traveling?
You travel a lot. Do you ever get tired of traveling? 😉 What do you learn more from your travels?
I ask because I recently did a 3 country trip in under 3 weeks on a total of 8 segments. I really love flying, but I think I’m done flying for a little while. I want to enjoy my adventures (on land) and then I’ll start thinking about my next trip for next year …a little later in the year when I get a break from work.
I certainly don’t travel as much as many people do. All-in I fly about 200,000 miles a year and spend a little over a third of the year in hotel rooms. That’s a lot by the standards of most people but it’s not even close to the upper bound of what some other folks do. (See also: Tom Stuker)
I think the real questions embedded here are,
- Can there be too much travel, such that you miss home?
- When you travel can you move around too much, so that you don’t spend enough time in a given location?
And of course the answer to both questions can be yes although it depends on what you have to go home to, or the purpose of any given trip.
I can work pretty effectively on the road, but when days are too packed I find myself just playing triage and treading water rather than making progress on projects. By the end of the day I may be too tired to do more than answer emails.
Plenty of things make me more productive on the road — inflight internet, club lounges, good coffee — but there’s no substitute for a steady routine and having the time to really focus on my big projects in the morning.
Plus it’s easier to get dry cleaning done at home, or at least when I’m staying in one spot for awhile. But the more you travel the more you develop routines that make the road like home.
When you’re vacationing you might want to see a lot of things, and stay in one place to really understand that place. Personally I prefer to visit a place briefly, and then return for a longer period of time, doing rapid travel and slow travel rather than becoming a partisan for one or the other. But when it’s time for slow travel, then you can definitely fly too much.
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