Reasons in favor of business travel:
- Breaks the monotony of the office where one is chained to a desk day after day.
- Perqs of dinner out on the company's dime.
- Meeting some of the actual human beings behind "the client" moniker.
- Enjoying the company of colleagues and getting to know them better.
- Being a team player, fulfilling a needed role as part of my job.
Reasons against business travel:
- Inevitably arriving at the destination late, starved, having a big dinner (see #2 above) just before bed, with no time or brainpower left to review the next day's presentation.
- Inevitably not sleeping well because of late dinner (see prior), overly soft bed, overly stuffed pillows, and the current hotel trend to supply a fat comforter and no blanket so the choice is roasting under the overstuffed comforter or lying like a cold corpse under a sole skimpy sheet. (have not mentioned the new threat of picking up bed bugs...)
- All the usual herding and prodding at airports, then being squished into tiny airline seats with neither elbow nor leg room and the Russian roulette chance of getting a sniffling/hacking
cellmateseatmate for the duration of the flight.
- Client typically letting slip at the very end of the presentation that the work they want done has some jaw-droppingly impossible deadline that, if accepted, will make your and your colleagues' lives miserable anyway.
I should note that #2 of "reasons against" is, yours truly, the Sensitive Traveler's nightmare and does not apply to everyone. I am the Princess and the Pea. One of the colleagues I traveled with stood with us at Chicago O'Hare last evening in 20-degree weather with no coat, quite indifferent to the cold, and she slept like a baby through the night, too. I had my hat, gloves, coat, boots, a sweater and a coat and I was shivering. I'm the canary in the coal mine, the squeaky wheel - must have food! must have water! must have heat! no, not too much heat! must find a bathroom! must have caffeine! no, not too much caffeine! It's not easy. It would truly work okay, much better, if there were only a little more time allowed, but usually the presentations are still being worked on until the last minute. (sigh) Which is why I don't get out of the office much, I guess.