Travelling has always been a huge part of my life and career. I was fortunate enough to rise through the ranks of a very successful company, to the point where my presence was required frequently in the U.S. head office. Shuttling back and forth across the Atlantic will kill anyone’s appetite for flying and even the occasional Concorde treat and staying in 5-star hotels failed to compensate for the monotony of those journeys. Soon came responsibilities for offices around the world and the prospect of many more flights did little to improve my enthusiasm. In fact, it reminded me of George Winters comment that “if God had intended men to fly, he would have made it easier to get to the airport”. Oh George, how true that is.
These days my travel itinerary is perhaps a little less pressured but nonetheless continues to involve venues spread around the four corners of the globe. Despite the brilliant advances in communications technology, there is still a need for face to face contact.
I was introduced to the idea of Give as you Live by my wife, as is the case with so many good things in my life. It interested us both from a technology viewpoint as well as representing a great opportunity to benefit our favourite charities. The fact that the money raised from our purchases comes from the retailer and goes direct to the charity is great, but even better is the thank you e-mail we receive from our chosen charity.
Somehow this next trip seems that much more worthwhile, but I will continue to heed Will Kommen’s advice that “if you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel”.