TAL – “Is there such a thing as too much travel?”

A lot of people say that I have the best job in the world – I must say that most of the time I agree with them. I work for a luxury active travel company. I spend 11 months of the year traveling the world; staying in luxury hotels, eating at some of the world’s best restaurants, and hiking/Biking in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. This year alone I have flown 125,000 miles, driven 25,000 miles and hiked/biked all over the world. I have been lucky enough to work in Ecuador, New Zealand, Canada (Nova Scotia and the Canadian Rockies), California, Netherlands, South of France, Israel and Bali… I’m jet lagged thinking about it.

I do feel truly feel blessed to be a global citizen and to be lucky enough to literally travel to all corners of the globe. A typical work week for me might involve leading a luxury bike trip in Israel or a “glamping”” trip in the Canadian Rockies. I could be on a hiking tour in New Zealand or a multisport trip in the Galapagos. I also get to guide some inspiring successful people form the US, Canada and Latin America – I have met people from all walks of life and professions who come on our trips as guests.

So lets break this life of travel down to the numbers and as that question… When does one travel too much?
In 2014:
Airline miles flown: 125,000 miles (201,000 km).
Total Days spent on a plane alone- (not including time spent waiting in Airports): 11.6 days or 278 hours.
Average length of flight: 3,000 miles (6 hour flight)
Kilometers driven: 40, 000 km
Kilometers Biked:  3000 km
Kilometers walked: 600 km
Total Kms traveled: 244, 600 km
Trips around the world at the equator: 6.1 times around the globe at the equator
All this means that my average speed at rest over the whole year: 28 kms/hour!

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Lets also take a look into my travel wallet, for example at any given time there are:
Multiple currencies.
3 different commercial drivers licenses, California, Australia and New Zealand.
3 ATM cards from Canada the USA and Australia
3 credit cards from the USA, Canada and Australia.
I also carry at least 8 different sim cards for the different countries that I work in.
Lets also talk about my passport, which is filling up fast, with 36 entry stamps for the USA alone in 4 years since I have been doing this Job.

But, this lifestyle also has its downsides. I can basically forget any sense of a normal life one might have, I don’t watch TV, have a girlfriend or a dog or an Apartment. My life is confined to one incredibly large suitcase. I spend on average 1 day (24 hours) a month on plane and I have not spent more than a full week in one place for over a year. I really do feel like a modern day gypsy.

And then there is the high end customer service element of my job… The guests that make this lifestyle possible also demand the highest level of customer service. I often get a barrage of questions ranging from ‘Why does my room have a funny shaped roof?’ to ‘I didn’t think it was going to be so hot in Bali?’ to ‘I thought It was your job to look after my kids all week?’ Its not all luxury hotel rooms and fancy dinners, some people just suck at life and let you know all about it.

At the end of the day I feel blessed that the world is such a small place to me and that my job allows me to be fully immersed in the world. Sometimes I just wish that I had more time in one place. But at the end of the day I am looking forward to what my next year of travel has in store for me… Bring on the jet lag.

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