I could get all sentimental and philosophic about mental, emotional, and spiritual travels in 2008, but how dull is that? Instead, I'll recap the physical traveling I did last year...if I can remember all of it. And yes, I drove all this.
Detroit, Michigan--I think this was early March. Each year I have my field trainer conference in either Ann Arbor or Michigan. I specifically remember this trip for the hellacious time I had driving back in the blizzard that hit the mid-west. It was a terrifying and tense trip home. And I got a speeding ticket about 90 miles from Dallas. States covered include Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan.
Orlando, Florida--This would be the first of two trips to Orlando and occurred the week after my trip to Detroit. I was facilitating a training session for Managers. It was a good drive there and back, and the hotel was nice, though we didn't get to see any of the actual city. States covered include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Orlando, Florida--Back again a few weeks later, at the end of April, for the company spring GM conference. Again, we didn't get to see the city, but we stayed in the Peabody and it was lovely.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida--Just two weeks after that I drove to Ft. Lauderdale to hop on a cruise ship. I had just been diagnosed with pneumonia 3 days before leaving and was in bad shape, but I'll be damned if I was going to miss that cruise. After all, it was a completely free trip...a company sales contest prize.
Belize--These were the ports of call on the cruise. I sunbathed and swam and snorkeled, in order, at these locations.
Bar Harbor, Maine--Six weeks later, I traveled through Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee,Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine during a trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
St. Louis--The first week of November I traveled to St. Louis to facilitate another training session. States covered include Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
All together, I believe that is 21 states, 3 countries, one ocean, and one gulf traveled this year. I have no idea how many miles that is...certainly not as many as someone who travels for work each week, but more than I've ever traveled before in one year.
I'm sure there are lessons I learned along the way, and wisdom I gained through the travels, but really, no one wants to read about that, do they?
Where did your travels take you in 2008?