Call me crazy, but I can’t decide if I am excited or not. In the near future, I will have to jet off to a Caribbean island for a couple of days for work. It sounds horrible, right?
Don’t roll your eyes. Really, please don’t.
I know, you are probably saying, “if you don’t want to go, I will.” It is not that I don’t want to go. Actually, it is far from it. I am very happy to be making this trip. I don’t travel for business too often, so, the times I do are a real treat. I always have a great time, and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I return. However, I think my mix of emotions relates to the fact that I usually end up going to places I have never been to before, like this time. I think that I get a little melancholy knowing that I am going to be visiting a place that I have always wanted to see, and instead of enjoying the local sights, I will spend my time in a conference room or a convention hall.
My last business trip took me to Napa, California. Being the major wine lovers that my husband, Marc, and I are, we always wanted to visit Napa, but never got around to going. When I first found out I had to head west, I was thrilled. Finally, I was going to see Napa! My excitement was short lived. I soon became a bit sad when I realized I was going to be discovering a place that Marc and I discussed visiting for years, without him.
It ends up that although I had a great trip, all I discovered were conference rooms, so he didn’t miss out on anything. When we return to Napa (hopefully that will be one day soon) we can discover it all together. I guess that is how this trip will be too…..
And while I may not fully be excited now, I know as soon as I reach the airport and see my traveling companion colleague that will all change. Reality will hit me, before I even board our outgoing plane, and my enthusiasm will peak. I will excitedly think about the job I have to do and the new country I am about to see. And, if I am lucky, I can find a few minutes to enjoy the ninety degree weather.
Do you ever travel for work? Do you feel like me? Or do you totally just love it or hate it?
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