I hate pre-traveling.
The over packing.
The drive to the airport (2:45 am wake-up call).
The sleepless night because you lie in fear you won’t hear your 17 alarm clocks, and you will miss the whole thing.
The arriving at the airport 2 hours early, just so I can make my way through security in 43 seconds.
While 43 seconds sounds quick, it’s a lifetime when you’re being touched in places where you shouldn’t be touched (how many people on the no-fly list do I share a name with???)
The checking in at the hotel only to discover I’ve forgotten something I reminded myself over and over not to forget (mental note… don’t forget toothbrush… and pants).
You may be asking why I travel if it’s such a hassle?
Because it’s free! And you know how I love the free stuff (email me if you have any questions… and free stuff).
Once or twice a year, I accept a very gracious invitation that has me show up and attend meetings at a location that’s at least 40 degrees warmer than the one in which I live.
This time it’s the good people at District Administration Magazine.
They have been kind enough to fly me to Phoenix. They are also going to provide me with some professional development.
But mostly professional development.
With some golf.
I can’t thank them enough for the airfare, resort hotel, the opportunity to learn more about technology, instructional design, health care budgets, drop-out prevention, and school wellness.
And don’t forget the golf.
Now if I could just do this without all the pre-travel hassle.