1. Never needing to buy soap because we have so many bars from hotels. Worse is that I can look at the different brands, and know which hotel they came from (except Aveda). If a hotel has really good soap like Aveda, the bars I’ve opened come home in a plastic bag.
  2. Having elite frequent flyer status on an airline. In my case, it’s Alaska Airlines. The benefits that come with it are great—especially the fact that there are no change fees on tickets—but the fact that I actually fly extra miles and segments to keep the status is, perhaps, a bit nuts.
  3. The ability to pack my suitcase and confidently walk out the door in under 10 minutes. I can the right clothes for a weekend, a week, or a month in any climate. And I can throw my entire mobile office into my backpack during that time, too.
  4. Hotel doormen saying “welcome back” even when they haven’t seen me in a few months—that tells me I’ve been to the same destination enough times to become recognizable there. This has happened to me at the Houston Doubletree at the Galleria.
  5. Signing up for Groupon or other coupon sites in other cities because I know I’ll be spending time in those places. I follow such sites for Houston, a destination that’s often on my itinerary.

One Response to “5 things that tell me I travel too much”

  1. Hal Peat says:

    Funny topic for a blog but certainly filled with a lot of truisms if you…well, I can never travel too much, but I think the heart of the issue here is habits good and not-so-good formed over time. So here are mine, although it’s not five:)

    1. Obsessing continually on whether the next place I have a home is going to be within an easy amount of time to arrive at an airport for a 6 a.m. check-in. Because the region of the world I travel to usually only has flights that require early a.m. departure, and late evening arrival.

    2. Being able to name off-hand not only several U.S. airports but also airports in the Caribbean and Europe that have free wi-fi in their public area. Likewise, having an ongoing axe to grind with several others that do not.

    3. Spending hours in advance trying to research exactly what the “3 in 1” rule is for certain offshore places so that their customs or security don’t find a sly reason to confiscate my toiletries. This has actually happened to me more than once and there’s a blog in it somewhere although it wasn’t amusing at the time.

    4. Kind of like Randy – having either a FA during a flight or a desk clerk at a hotel check-in say to me: “Haven’t I seen you before…?” And in fact they had. The desk clerk had actually seen me at another major hotel in the same city two years before and still remembered me, yet I couldn’t remember him. Maybe he should have been the travel writer? How embarrassing anyway.

    5. Having mentioned too much about your travels and on-the-road experiences to various relatives, they somehow form the notion that a travel writer’s working life is just one long cakewalk. Then one weekend they call you up about becoming a travel writer themselves because they’re taking early retirement from their day job and what you’re doing would be “fun” for their new lifestyle. Oh dear.

    Oh, look – I did reach the magic five. No surprise with me when I get on a roll. Even with all that, I love this part of my life beyond words.


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