Our pitch is usually something like…”Get off campus…leave your corporate environment so that we can do strategy work unimpeded…devoid of distraction etc.” We book folks into the which is a posh little within walking distance of good food and fun. That strategy works about once a month. Otherwise, I’m on a train-plane or in the car. will wear you down my friends and international business travel is even more demanding. I don’t mind being jet lagged when travelling internationally for fun…jet lagged and standing in front of a group while tethered to a PowerPoint deck is not so fun. I’ve mitigated the travel drag by taking two months off each year. Ten months of my gig is enough.
I can’t walk away from my shop for more than two weeks at a time but I do take eight weeks off every year. And…I don’t do much work when I’m off. Four of the eight weeks include LFG. I’m an entrepreneur-a small business owner so I understand risk. I’m prepared to risk revenue generation by walking away from the business for eight weeks a year. Fancy way of saying that I willingly give up the personal income for two months of frolic.
So, I travel to see my clients….do some work with them-tolerate some of the politics associated with consulting relationships and then I get to blow out of there. Travel kit selection is important if you want to make business travel a bit less painful.My choice….Orvis Battenkill luggage. I’ve had scores of travel bags over the years but these really do the trick. I used for years the Hartman Belting Leather garment bag and tennis bag. Incredibly sturdy stuff but tres heavy. I switched to the Orvis stuff years ago. I like the patina that it develops. It fades and gets appropriately knocked around with resultant patina….kinda like me.
I also have an Orvis rolling duffel not pictured here. I use it only when I have to check a bag. If I don’t have to wear suites, I can travel to Europe for five days with two carryon bags. The tennis bag and the featured here accomplish that for me. I hate having to check luggage. I’ve had the Orvis tan leather portfolio-pouch for twenty years and it looks it. Ask me if I care!
The Orvis briefcase is my standard-everyday bag. Plenty of room for my laptop and documents. Also various pouches to accommodate things like Rolaids and Slim Jims.The backpack was my latest addition. Hold a bit more than the Orvis briefcase and is comfortable on one shoulder. I’ve NEVER actually worn it on both shoulders. Too granola for me…I’m not a Youth Hostel kind of a guy.
Ok gang. Time to finish my room service and the last sip of my Stoli. Back home tomorrow after lunch.