There are times when I wish I could just travel all the time and do nothing else -- it's always been like this for as long as I can remember. I'm blessed and grateful to be able to travel while making a decent living and were it not for my job I wouldn't have been able to see some of the places I've had the opportunity to see.
I've spent the last few days in a luxurious (hot) UAE city either in meetings behind closed doors or catching up on some much appreciated sleep. This city is one of the most beautiful I've ever visited but I hadn't thought about it until the travel manifesto reached my inbox. A big part of me just really wishes I'd been able to take a stroll around and go inside the shops and restaurants. Buy my mum a nice scarf or brooch.
Being a jetsetter (in my case) isn't always trying new cultures, getting my passport stamped and buying one-of-a-kind beautiful shoes and bags. Sometimes it's flying in and out of unfriendly and cold cities, it's baggage getting lost and waiting over eight hours during a "quick stop-over." These are all things I've come to love and appreciate about my life and the opportunities I have.
If you're looking to get into a job that requires a lot of traveling because you "love meeting new people" and "going to new places" remember that these will be the exception and not the rule. Cherish and be thankful for each working trip that allows you a few hours to explore the city you're in or an hour to get a drink at the local pub
I think that this little pep-talk was more for myself than anyone else. I need to remember and practice gratitude more often.
What are you grateful for this week?