Hello, I’m Brad, and I’m a travel-holic.
Road warrior might be a better term, but when I have slow stretches with little or no travel, I definitely feel an urge to be out on the road again as soon as possible.
I am fortunate to have a job that requires frequent travel. This definitely plays into my nearly lifelong love of traveling.
As a child, I remember not being able to sleep due to my excitement before leaving on a trip. My father traveled fairly frequently for business, and as an only child, I was able to join my parents on some trips, especially on school breaks in the summer. Traveling, and flying in particular has always held a special place in my heart.
It was almost 20 years later before I got my next elite card, also on Northwest, and I’ve had some sort of status ever since.
Most of my travel these days is not what most people would consider fun, it is often short business trips around the US. There are long stretches away from home, and lots of meals alone. I’ve lived this life for several years. People often ask how long I will do this. I don’t know how to answer that, but I am certain that it feels odd when I’m not traveling. I’ve often said the variety of traveling for work is hard to beat. I would have a hard time returning to a more typical 9-5 desk job.
I get to keep my miles that I earn for business, and I’ve been able to maximize some awesome award redemptions for vacations. Recent trips to New Zealand in Virgin Australia Business Class, Japan and Thailand in Lufthansa and Thai First, Bali in Cathay Pacific First Class are among my favorites, and these trips bring much of the content to this blog. I figure these trips are more interesting than United flight to Philadelphia and a stay at Sheraton near an airport which is much more common for me.
My business trips are often booked on somewhat short notice, so I often have to do some shuffling to make everything fit into my schedule and actually have some time at home. It can lead to crazy busy times, and some slow times as well. Earlier this year, I traveled for at least a day away from home for 10 straight weeks. I was glad to get a whole week at home last week, but due to some changes, my planned trip for this week did not happen, so now I’m dreading another whole week at home. It’s not that I don’t cherish the time at home and being able to spend it with my wife and my canine ‘child’, but I often associate my job with the variety of life on the road, so when I’m not there, it doesn’t take long for extended periods at my desk to make me antsy.
I have several domestic trips coming up, including both coasts in the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to vacation in Singapore Airlines First Class to the Maldives with stops in Singapore and Malaysis next month. Trips like that really make it all worthwhile. I’m pleased that there are plenty of things coming up to feed my travel addiction.
Anyone else feel the addiction that I mentioned? It seems to me that the only cure is more travel…if I only had more time to do it!