The circle of people I follow in the IT world have recently been blogging about their travel habits. It’s no accident – companies are investing large amounts of money in business travel now. Hopefully if you meet someone face to face, they will listen to you next time you randomly call and ask for their attention in some matter.

Yes, I know, that’s a bit blunt, but you’re naive to think a vendor is coming to visit you because they enjoy your company.

Anyways, here’s a my short list take on signs you’ve been travelling too much:

  • Your significant other gets excited at the thought of you being home for an entire week
  • You haven’t unpacked your bag completely in over 6 months
  • The words ‘Gold’, ‘Platinum’, & ‘Executive’ have a much different meaning for you
  • You speak in airport codes – ‘Yeah, I was in PHL the other day…’
  • You wonder if your DVR still has that episode you wanted to watch from last season
  • Your Out-of-Office notification is on more often than not
  • You recognize the bartenders at the airport
  • The airport bartenders recognize YOU
  • You remember fondly the time last year that ‘travel’ meant at most 1 week out of a month
  • If a majority of these items apply to you, then congratulation on joining the club. I hope your loved ones are patient and never taken for granted!


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    1. I knew I was in a bad stretch when I didn’t know what city I was in when I woke up. Good stuff Mr. Jeff.

      • JeffS

        Right now I’m at Fort Rucker. Apparently all the helicopter pilots are trained here. They put red doors on the copters being flown by trainees, kinda like the Student Driver stickers they put on cars.

    2. ORD (gate 20, always) to CMH.
      CMH (gate 33, always) to ORD.

      ORD to MSP.
      MSP to ORD.

      Alright, a change! ORD to PIT

      No, I haven’t completely unpacked in years!

    3. Good stuff dude. Being single im taking advantage of the travel and extended my stays in good locations to take advantage of certain places of interest. =)

      • JeffS

        As you should KJ! My personal vacations almost always take advantage of work trips. For example I’m wondering now if I can get an OOW gig going so I can take the missus to wine country for a VERY long weekend 🙂

    4. It’s strange when neighbors don’t know your name and family doesn’t know your habits, but people in airports do. Your post reminded me of the Southwest ticket counter folks who’d say “Good morning Mr. McKinney” as I approached their gate at Midway, or the Baskin Robbins guys at Indy who would turn around and start pouring my Dr Pepper and Dutch Chocolate frozen yogurt when they saw me heading their way.

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