Business Travel is Obsolete

While traveling in general can be a mixed bag. You know, with the trials and tribulations that come with arranging transportation, sleeping in ANY bed not your own, etc.  Traveling when required for work is obsolete in all but the most specialized of cases.

I think the biggest difference is that it is not really an option to bring along my family and after spending a whole weekend with my 1 year old, I really feel this is a downfall of business travel. Who wants to have an experience that only you can experience? I did the “after college backpacking” thing…I’m over it, really. Besides, the sterile hotels we tend to stay in are a far cry from the shared youth hostels of my youth which provided enough material for at least a year’s worth of blog posts (not to be included here).

Another point is that there is always the “acceptable expenses” hanging over your head. I mean, who decides how much I’ll eat at breakfast vs lunch or dinner? Why is a glass of wine not acceptable as a beverage? Have you ever been to Europe?

Long hours- I think there just really isn’t a justification for travel anymore; Especially with my industry. I am more than equipped to provide my clients with remote research…In every instance other than what I am doing this week…which is  focus groups. It is really hard to run a focus group from a remote location. That being said, I can do nearly every other type of research without setting foot in the same city with the users. This makes traveling for work a vestige of a bygone era.

What about the horrible affect on the environment with the cars, trains, planes and paper created of our traveling? I thought the internet was supposed to help us decrease my carbon footprint. It doesn’t change my culpability just because “my boss asked me to go.” Lets try to leave something for the next generation, shall we?

Cisco has created the Telepresence Rooms. I’ve used them. Amazing. With these, truly, it is like being there. Really no need to travel. Until they invent the transporters of Star Trek, I vote that I stay in my home town until the family is in need of a tropical vacation.

Thoughts from fellow travelers?

Argentina and Rambling

Seems I am rediscovering Argentina. There are:

Alex Dukal an amazing digital artist who also has a great website listed on many people’s top 10s.

Last night, I watched Nine Queens, a fantastic heist/con-artist movie. If you make it through the somewhat slow first 30 minutes, you will be richly rewarded with an interesting, well written, well acted and thoroughly engrossing plot.

I can’t say enough about Netflix and the opportunity to dig deeper and deeper into independent and international films. We also watched some Globe Trekker (no…not GlobeTrekker) episodes tonight about Thailand. Laos and Malaysia…and I digress.

We have been talking a lot about going diving in southeast Asia and watching the films only brought the excitement and anticipation up a notch.

I have also been thinking about world travel more from playing those addicting Traveler IQ games from Facebook.

Well, more later about the large strides in my work with Oakland Unified School District.