It’s the end of Gartner’s Symposium season and after a few weeks on the road I have been reminded of the signs that indicate that you have been travelling too much.
10 You do not have to purchase tooth paste, shampoo or soap as you can live off what is provided in the airline amenity kits and hotels. This is even a greater sign of travelling too much given the decreasing size of those amenity kits.
9 You are used to taking long hot showers because no one in the hotel is there to tell you that you are wasting the hot water.
8 You use too much toilet paper because on the road there is a relatively endless supply.
7 Airline employees recognize you at the airport. Now on the surface that is not such a big deal, but it is when an employee from Chicago walked up to me waiting at a gate in Seattle, then it’s a sign you are travelling too much.
6 You become expert at identifying seats in an airport or at a fast food restaurant near electrical outlets.
5 You have memorized your passport number so you do not have to pull your passport out every time you are filling out immigration forms.
4 You recognize the ‘humor’ in airline flight numbers. For example, flights to Columbus Ohio delineated by flight number 1492 or flights to Philadelphia as flight 1776, etc.
3 You have seen every movie the airline has to offer for more than two months in a row.
2 You describe your experience in every city in the same terms: the quality of the meeting, the quality of the hotel and the quality of the conference room.
1 You realize that despite all of your travels, however exciting they may seem, your loved ones and friends back home are living a better life than you.
All the best for the new year, gotta go and catch a plane.