When I first started traveling extensively for work, I would talk to people on planes. I’m a extroverted person by nature, and I like to know people’s stories. I met a few cool people, but I quickly learned that most plane passengers preferred their iPads and music over chatting. 300+ flights later, I share this sentiment, and I’m headphones on from the second I sit down to when I walk off the plane.
But while I was chatting with folks, I met a couple heavy travelers. Million Milers, Diamond Medallion members. These people have been everywhere.
I met one gentleman early on and we shared a lot of our travel stories. He had traveled his whole life, and had been seemingly everywhere twice. I asked him why so many places multiple time, and what he said has stuck with me since.
“Going places and seeing things is great, but what makes it meaningful is sharing it with the ones you love. I had been to the Grand Canyon three times but when I had kids, going there with them was like being there for the first time.”
This should come as no surprise in the social media world we live in. Experiences that used to be shared between one or two people have to be posted for maximum likes or shares. We even created a social media platform that auto-deletes our posts because there are too many of them. Sharing experiences is what makes them real and gives them meaning.
Today, I’m at the beautiful Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA for an executive conference. If you’ve ever been to the Napa Valley, you know how beautiful it is. Rolling hills, beautiful architecture, and the weather that lets you enjoy it.
But without someone I care about with me, it’s all shallow. I can’t play tennis with myself, solo golf is more of a nature walk than anything else, and what is scenery without someone to take it in with?
I don’t have a cute conclusion here trying to make some larger point because “people like doing stuff with people” is already common knowledge. It’s just that while the business travel life is so fantastic in so many ways, not sharing it with someone makes the whole thing a little depressing.