Welcome to round 70 of ‘Meet a Random Traveller’. The series dedicated to bring attention to fantastic people all around the world doing their thing.
Random Traveller 70
Who are you?
I’m John and I write over at www.travelrinserepeat.com. I’m from Denver, Colorado and I work as a consultant who travels almost full time for work.
What’s the deal?
I started Travel Rinse Repeat as a way to share some of my tips and tricks from a life spent on the road. For me, a major component of what I do is finding ways to maximize whatever travel opportunities I get. We’d all love to have all the time in the world to see and do what we want, but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case.
I try to provide useful travel tips and destination reports that show you how to best spend whatever amount of free time you do have available for travel. Often times, I only have evenings available in the destinations I travel to, and if I’m lucky, a weekend. This has helped me streamline and prioritize itineraries, and now I want to help others do the same.
Have you always made the effort to enjoy places you visit for work or was there a turning point?
For my first four months of traveling, I’d go back to my hotel every night, work, watch TV, and go to bed. It’s an easy trap to fall into. During this time, I was working in Atlanta every week and it wasn’t until I realized that my time in Atlanta would soon be coming to an end that I really started trying to take advantage of all the city had to offer. I’ve never looked back since, and now that I go to new destinations all the time, there is always something exciting to look forward to.
What tips would you give to someone who doesn’t think they have enough time to make business trips enjoyable?
Like with all travels, you have to make it a priority. It’s easy to get into a routine that doesn’t involve going out and exploring whatever city you’re in. To me, this is unacceptable. Business trips are FREE opportunities to travel, and most people would love to have that opportunity – so I’m not going to waste it. If that means getting up early, staying out late, or staying over for a weekend, then so be it.
I’ll continue traveling around the country…my work schedule for the next year includes stops in some truly amazing cities (New Orleans, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas) and some others that I know next to nothing about (Gainesville, Tulsa, Tucson) but I’m excited to learn more. I’ll definitely be trying to work in some personal international travel as well.
A big thanks to Johnfor taking part, great to have you.
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