My current manager is a numbers junkie. He has fully subscribed to the, “You can’t manage it if you can’t measure it” mentality. For example, a gritty and emotional performance of a substandard football team that rises up to beat a superior team on a given Sunday, well; that would just cripple my boss until he could find a statistic or two that explained it. He’s a walking collection of numerical goals, “Ken, did you know that you’re running at a 94% utilization rate for this quarter? If you skip your vacation and fly in the middle of the night so you can teach every day for the next three weeks, you can approach 97% and that would be a record for you! Of course, you may have to work overtime on Sunday…” Fat chance. He’s funny when he gets all worked up over the numbers.
The point is he’s found something that makes his mundane job a bit more bearable. A long time ago, I set some personal goals for traveling and now that I’ve met some of them, it takes some of the sting out of the travel routine and I actually look forward to some of the trips. Here are some that you might consider for yourself:
50/50/50 Club – Managing to see all 50 states as well as 50 different countries by the time you are 50 is an excellent achievement. This one is worth attempting if it’s not too late for you. Remember, you have to touch the dirt… Layovers and certainly “Flyovers” don’t count. You can set baby steps toward this one too, like 10/10 or 20/20 or 50/20, etc.
Million Mile Club – Most airlines give you a special reward for this one. Log into your primary frequent flier website and check your lifetime accumulation. When you hit 1,000,000 there should be a substantial reward waiting for you.
Round the World Club – This is an exclusive club of folks who’ve left one city and traveled one direction (East or West) until they’ve returned to the city they departed from. Flying all the way around the planet will earn you about 28,000 miles and you’ll be sitting on a plane for about 40 hours, but it’s worth it (business class helps). You can turn a routine trip to Europe into an “Around the World” excursion for surprisingly little money if you follow the airline’s rules (overnight stay in
Seven Continents Club – Membership to this fraternity would be a lot simpler if it weren’t for
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Time Zone Club – Hitting every state and/or every country within a time zone is an impressive feat. Don’t let the map fool you either, the Pacific and Mountain time-zones are a lot harder than they look! Thank God I was born in
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