What my 16 prior installments from this trip report didn’t show were the countless meetings I went to in each city.
While I get to sit in the front (or middle) of the plane, stay at the nicest hotels and have a driver at my disposal in each city, the bulk of this trip (like nearly all of my work trips) was spent in one-on-one meetings with investors – trying to convince them to invest with us. Often, the meeting rooms are small and/or hot. Sometimes, language is a barrier. And, I’m traveling with a client money manager the entire time – and while we’re friends, I like to make him feel like the client.
The trip was very tiring – but I’m pleased to say it was very successful. Many of the meetings have proven to be fruitful. So much so that I went back (this time with my boss) about a month later! (Sort of a double-edged sword!)
The travel portion of the trip was great:
I stayed at four truly memorable properties (including what I would rank as some of the top city hotels in the world)
Flew two new carriers
Visited two new countries
And had a few other travel firsts/lasts
I’m fortunate that I love what I do – and that it affords me the opportunity to travel the world – comfortably – and meet new people everywhere I go. It is true that I typically don’t get to experience much in the way of true local culture (shuttling between meeting rooms, western hotels and airports), but I certainly get a flavor. I always engage the driver as to the local goings-on and make notes for future leisure visits (or determine I’d rather not make a leisure visit!).
I always compliment the city I’m in during my meetings. This is nearly always greeted with “you should definitely visit X before you go.” While I’ve not visited too many of those spots yet, I’m building a little treasury of local knowledge.
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I’ve recently changed firms so my travel schedule will be a bit quieter over the coming months. Five trips to Asia this year have taken a lot out of me! I’ll be largely staying onshore until my upcoming Christmas holiday in the desert.
I suspect there will be even more interesting travel to report on in my new seat during the course of 2013!
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As always, I welcome any questions, comments or criticisms that you may have.