When I was younger and still a student, I often thought about how my future workplace would be like. One important criteria was that to be able to do my work, I needed to travel for some reason… And yes, sometimes I took this thought a little bit too long and imagined myself travelling to cities like New York, London, Berlin or why not the south of Europe so I could get some tanning in between the meetings. I remember that every time someone told me that their work required them to visit offices, partners, owners or other stakeholders around the globe, I just thought that it must be so interesting to meet different people, experience other cultures and visit new places. I never thought there could be any downsides. So the answer to the question if travelling for work is hot or not, was of course hot! right?

REALITY OF TRAVELLING FOR WORK

I work at Espresso House, the biggest coffee chain in the Nordics. Espresso House is a great place to work. And for the first time in my working life I’m traveling on a regular basis to visit all my colleagues in different regions and across the Nordic countries. This week I’m actually on a road trip visiting all our regions presenting to our teams about how we work with loyalty in digital channels, which is a lot of fun!

However, I have finally come to realize that I get very tired from all the traveling. Especially when it includes an early morning flight. Once getting there I have my minutes of fame presenting and then I just jump on the next plane or train to go to the next stop. Even though I only talk for less than an hour my body and mind is tired as….what can you say? Like a panda? Hehe I am terrible at idioms.

It is hard to understand why it takes so much energy sitting on an airplane, but it simply does? Have you ever experienced the same? Maybe I unconsciously stopped listening when friends and family talked about the negative part of travelling for work, or at least I didn’t listen very intently, some things you simply have to experience yourself to believe. I still like travelling for work, it is exciting experiencing different places and getting challenged by unfamiliar territory but I’m really surprised by the fact that I getting so tired. Perhaps I’ll get used to it, but I doubt it.

Hope you are having a great week, my road trip continuous, next stop Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city!

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