Efficiently Navigating the Mundane Parts of Travel


I’m writing this from Barcelona Airport, as I await my flight to Zurich for a meeting tomorrow morning. Then I’ll fly home for some brief, but highly valued, time with my wife for part of the weekend, before boarding an Atlantic flight to Austin. That’s been my life for 30 years — I’m traveling around 80 percent of the time. Though my wife says she can count the days I’m at home on one hand, I still enjoy it.

In all the different places I’ve been, I’ve never had a bad experience, and here’s why. I keep a positive attitude and approach people with an open heart, I’m respectful to the locals, I try to learn from them and try speaking their language (“When in Rome…,” as the saying goes). Finally, I have become skilled and efficient at navigating the mundane parts of traveling, the waiting around at airports and the standing in line at customs and immigration.”

Klaus Span, Director & Business Unit Executive, Cognitive Solution Sales & SAP HANA on Power at IBM Corporation

I’ve learnt how to read the dynamics of a busy airport; which line moves fastest (you know it will never be the one with a young customs and immigration official standing next to an older one — that’s a trainee — and they’ll slow you down) and where to stand to collect your baggage quickly.

No matter how experienced you are, when you travel, you must gear up mentally. Adapt your mind to become fiercely effective and your journey will be a happy and successful one.

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