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Four Years in Hotels

March 6, 2011

Filed under: life,travel — Terry Wohlers @ 15:01

In my previous blog commentary, I answered the most asked question: How did I get started in additive manufacturing more than two decades ago? The second most asked question is: How many days of the year am I away from home?

I take about 18-20 business trips by air per year. In 25 years, that’s approaching 500 trips. In recent years, about one-third of them have been outside the U.S. The domestic trips average two nights, while the international trips average about one week in length. This means I’m away about 60 nights per year. Put another way, I have spent about four years in hotel rooms over the past 25 years.

Some people don’t like to travel. I hear them complaining at airports and on planes, so I’m not sure why they do it. Maybe they have no choice. For me, I enjoy getting out and meeting people and seeing new things. Do I like airports, planes, and hotels? I take a lot of work with me and enjoy catching up on my reading. Often, when traveling, I get into a “zone” where I’m almost oblivious to what’s going on around me.

One of the few negative parts of travel is not getting sufficient rest at night. The day goes so much better when you get a good night’s sleep, although it’s surprising how well the body and mind can function on little or no sleep. Packing is not a favorite part of the trip, nor is catching up after being away. With these exceptions, I look forward to trips, especially when traveling to new and interesting places.