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On Business Travel

I like business travel. I don’t have a huge amount of experience with it, but as a single person with no outside obligations, I find travel a nice reprieve from the daily grind. Outside of the work, you get some time to explore a new city and culture. It’s just a really good way to get out of the house. Plus, you get to lounge around a hotel room in your bath robe. I don’t even wear anything underneath – I like the freedom of the wind beneath my sails.

I want to reiterate that this is only from the perspective of a single person – if I had outside obligations like a family or a relationship to maintain, I would probably hate business travel. However, knowing that I don’t have anything waiting for me back home gives me a ton of freedom. I like the feeling of not being limited to my surroundings. If I’m required to travel for work and my business is done by Friday, I can come back on Sunday and take the weekend off to check out the city. I like to break up the schedule occasionally. Actually, if I had to guess, the reason why I like it is because I like anything that deviates from my routine.

Everyone has their daily routine – get up, shower, work, dinner, sleep, repeat. I’m perfectly fine abiding by my own routine, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy it. I’m just kind of subsisting – I’m not ecstatic, but I’m not miserable; I simply exist. I think it’s pretty common for people to get stuck in their routines to the point that they’re not actively looking for satisfaction in their lives. They have financial obligations that require a job, which usually ties them down to a location, which leads to needing stability in the form of a home. Needing money becomes a trap. Because we need money to live, we’re forced into jobs that we tolerate. Of course, this won’t necessarily apply to everyone, but I’d wager that most people would quit their jobs to do something else if they could meet their financial obligations through outside means. This was all a long winded way to get back to my original point, which is: everyone needs a way to break up the monotony.

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