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Traveler Syndrome

September 16, 2009

airplaneConstant traveling lays a strong impact on one’s lifestyle and the way of thinking. I am not talking about an annual family trip to a 5-star all inclusive hotel in Turkey, or a honeymoon in the Caribbeans. I mean business travel, which thrusts you and your family into various countries worldwide every few months or, in best case, years. Great amount of people find themselves changing locations quite often as a matter of routine. Surprised? You might be the next one to find that your company needs you to live and work in another continent for the next few years. The concept of “business travel” becomes more and more common in our age of technology and migration.

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The ability and the skill to continually adjust yourself to the changing enviornment is a must-have. New places, new people, new living conditions – this might cause a severe damage to one’s unprepared hard core, unless you are fully aware and conscious of what is going on.

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Let’s try to take the situation under control and, for a moment, become indifferent observers from the outside. Here you are, arriving to a new country, with your heavy suitcase of two, alone or with a spouse, just the two of you or accompanied by kids. Depending on whether you are traveling alone or with a family might alter your course of actions in a certain way, but eventually it does not really matter.

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So what are the basic steps to help you avoid the disturbing ‘travel melancholy’, enjoy your being and get the best out of any spot you happened to land on?

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One of the annoying parts is looking for your luggage when you’re out of the airplane, trying to find yourself on the midst of the rushing mob of hurrying people in the airport waiting hall. This is only the beginning: don’t let it dismay you, pray your stuff is there, safe and sound!

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Your accommodation is the topic coming next. Is it a hotel or a service apartment? Is it a rented apartment or a house in the country-side? Whatever your place is, it will take you a few days to get used to its less comfortable parts which you will not be able to change. In my next posts I’ll preview and let you see in pictures what I am talking about. Being a constant traveler myself, I became a guru in “ignoring-the-less-attractive-parts-of-your-temporary-place”. Don’t laugh, I mean it! You just won’t believe how far disturbing these little inconveniences can get unless you are skilled to ignore them and stay cool. This is, probably, one of the prior skills every business-traveler or just an ordinary traveler should acquire.

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The key aspect of any kind of travel, which is not entirely for fun, is not to hurry things up. Face the new picture carefully and take your time to adjust. Drawing precipitate conclusions on whatever is going on around is a common mistake: your perception is still raw, you might still be exhausted from the flight. Let things settle down first. Be patient, be steady, be cool. Self-control during long-term business travel is a broad topic which will be separately attended in my next posts.

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Putting one’s thoughts down usually helps the author refresh the course of thinking and gain a new understanding of things. Being not only a constant traveler but a constant writer, I know what I’m talking about )) Share comments on your business-travel experiences, share the inconveniences you’ve been though during your stay in hotels and apartments and let everyone know what are your ways of getting through with it.

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Photo taken from: http://miss4u.net/blog/blog/index.php?p=29&

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. BMA permalink
    September 18, 2009 7:16 pm

    My sister loved to travel and my son is a seasoned traveler. You’ve offered some good advice here. Thanks.

  2. September 18, 2009 8:24 pm

    Thanks )) I returned from a long trip with my husband and the baby about two weeks ago, now eager to share my thoughts and impressions with the world ) Glad you found it helpful! I’m working on further material, which is coming up soon )

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