Moving from Texas to Minnesota caused a lot of changes in my life. I anticipated some of them, like “buying a coat” for example (I own six coats now, rather than one light jacket); but some of the changes were more subtle and far more significant, long term. Take laundry for example. I still lived alone, yet I found myself doing laundry almost twice as often as I did in
After a while, you adjust to the cold and you get to where you just don’t care anymore. My fellow Minnesotans see me in my bright orange fur-lined “mad-bomber” hat and they don’t think, “He looks ridiculous in that hat,” they think, “Wow, I bet he’s warm!” I believe the theory holds true on an airplane or in your hotel room. No longer will you find me on an airplane in a shirt and tie. I won’t even fly “business casual” anymore. I fly as comfortably as possible and looking around, I’ve come to believe that the real road warriors do the same. They don’t look with disdain and think, “He’s no business traveler.” On the contrary, they look at me and seem to think, “He’s comfortable.”
I have a super comfy tattered old pair of blue jeans and a tired old pull-over long sleeved black shirt. I wear these at home when I’m not trying to impress anyone and I feel very at home in them. I feel like “me” if that makes any sense. So a few months ago, I made a change to my travel routine (and that’s rare). I started packing these items so I could wear them around the hotel. It’s really nice to come back to the hotel after work and to change into something that is as “familiar” as it is comfortable.
When I pack my bag before leaving the hotel, I keep my trusty jeans and travel shirt in an exterior zipper pocket so I have quick access to them. I always change before boarding the plane, taking care to fold and stuff my business clothes into the same pocket my jeans came from. I’ve changed out of my business attire and into my travel attire so often, I almost feel like a superhero! I’ve made the switch in the back of cabs, limos, airport bathrooms, corporate bathrooms, and even once in an executive bathroom/lounge that required a combination for the lock! It’s worth it. You’re stressed enough at the end of a trip, taking the time to relax is well worth the effort.
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