Business trip: one month and counting
See that sunrise up there? Nearly every day of my business travel next month I will be awake and working before it! Earlier this year, in April, I was in Ft. Lauderdale at a hotel on the beach and the only morning I was still in my room for the sunrise was the day I left. But, such is life when you’re traveling for work and working for doctors, they are up with the sun, or before.
My 9-5 job involves working for an association and every April and October, we host a conference for our association members to earn continuing education credits. Most of the staff travels and manages the meeting, attends committee meetings, etc. In my 4 years here, we’ve never had a meeting in Orlando, we’ve actually gone to cities where I’ve not spent a lot of time and that I’ve looked forward to visiting. I enjoy traveling, going to new places, seeing our members, seeing all of our meeting work come to life, and having a little break from the office. It is not a vacation because I am so tired I could probably sleep for days once I am home but it is a mini-break, of sorts.
This year, with two meetings in Florida and this second one in Bore-lando, as I’ve been calling it, I’m not that excited. Orlando, to me, is a place for people who just want to go to Disney World with their kids. But, I’ve recently resolved myself to make the most of it, I’ve been inspired by a show I’ve been watching on Netflix called The Layover, hosted and narrated by Anthony Bourdain. He has not been to Orlando on the show, but in the places he visits, he meets up with local chef friends or food industry professionals who take him to their favorite bars and restaurants. I think this approach to Orlando could be fun, since I don’t have time for actual sightseeing or any parks, and make me not dread the trip.
If I change my attitude and do a little research, I can enjoy the extremely limited free time I will have when I get to escape the hotel and possibly see some daylight. I do always try to get out for a run the first day, to get the lay of the land, see what is around, and to get the blood flowing for our first day that is usually very busy. I will reach out to friends who live in Orlando and in Florida for their restaurant and bar recommendations and hopefully have one or two join me, with or without coworkers. I plan to make my free time as fun as possible and seem like only a layover.