So much here rings true. It's easy to think of the negatives of international travel for work. I've bored people I'm sure with tails of how hotels, airports and coffee shops are pretty much the same wherever you are, there is no glamour no matter what my wife says! But I believe only good can come from meeting with people from different countries and cultures, and doing business in different and challenging settings.
Next time you're at an airport, delayed, and cursing your traveling agenda,, just think of how enriched you have also been through your experiences, and how much they can help you in your career and life in so many ways.
Vive le difference
On a short-term trip, you’re likely going to find yourself in a challenging or unanticipated situation or two. Perhaps you’re at a dinner meeting and encounter unfamiliar protocols in eating, gift-giving, or choosing the right place to sit. Or maybe you have to give a presentation and must quickly learn what to do — and not do — to fit in with the local communication style. It’s one thing to read about these differences in a book or an article, but something else entirely to navigate them in person and in real time.