I just returned from a very productive business trip to Wisconsin. For those of you keeping score, that's two trips in less than a week. And yes, I'm pretty tired.
I zipped through airport security just fine on both trips, so apparently I look less suspicious when I'm traveling alone than when I'm with my husband. It probably helped that I'm perfecting the Air Travel Uniform: business casual attire with easily removed shoes, no belt, underwire-free bra and no jewelry.
Speaking of traveling alone, I couldn't help noticing that I was the only woman in the hotel restaurant at breakfast yesterday. When I entered the mostly empty restaurant, I randomly chose a seat toward the back. As I drank my coffee and ate my flavorless, rubbery scrambled eggs and greasy toast and hash browns, the front of the restaurant filled up with groups of men in suits, but the only other women I saw throughout the entire meal were the servers. Maybe all the other women in the hotel knew better places to eat!
I had an all-day meeting, so I didn't get the chance to bring home any cheese curds or other Wisconsin souvenirs. At the rate I'm going, it would bankrupt me to try to bring something home from each trip anyway.
As far as I can determine, I'm through with travel for the time being. I have a fiendish amount of work to do at the office, so let's hope I can get most of it under control before I set foot on another plane.
These two trips are the first I've taken with this job, although I used to travel quite a bit for another company (mainly to do grueling trade shows). I find that business travel is often more satisfactory than leisure travel because your expectations are more limited. What do you think? Do you have any interesting business travel fiascos to report?