I consider myself an experienced business traveller. I'm not sure what really qualifies, but I have been traveling extensively for the better part of the last 30 years. I've seen so many planes, so many hotels, and thankfully, a few less rental cars. That said, cabs, trains, and the New York Subway and the London Tube are also part of my native habitat.
I started a travel blog because I travel nonstop and thought I could add something. I was torn because part of me wanted to write about the hilarious things I saw, mostly nonsensical, about how crazy travel can be. Then again, part of me wanted to write about travel tips, like the little things about which lane to get in or where to have the taxi drop you off at Heathrow. And part of me wanted to comment on the travel industry at large - the macro trends that suggested that the bad behavior and humiliating experiences of today might just be paradise compared to the expectations of tomorrow, or something like that.
My son Patrick, whom I view as a (truly) accomplished and well trained writer, suggested that my blog had no real focus or direction. While what I posted might have a faintly amusing tone - on occasion - there was no real ethos of what I was doing. He's right. I was rambling, and confused about what I wanted to write. And not because I lacked ideas, but because I lacked structure and focus. As a parent I can only say it is both exhilarating and annoying when this type of thing happens. Damn kids.
So here is my plan. I still travel nonstop. I feel I have something, while hardly profound, to comment on about business travel. I do it all the time, and am not completely stupid or clinically dead, therefore am bound to pick up a thing or two along the way. I am going to write this blog from here forward as if I were a business traveller reading the blog. I will post more frequently, with shorter blogs, mostly tips, and a comment or two thrown in about good or bad service from this or that airline or hotel or rental agency.
Sorry it took a while to figure this out, and thanks Patrick for your honest and astute observations about my blog. I love you, but wait a week before coming for dinner.