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End of the Road, Warrior

10 years and 10 months later, the trips come to an end

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Those of us who travel a significant amount for business often call ourselves "road warriors." We tend to be very efficient at travel, and I would for the most part agree with this Inc. article's assessments of the skills needed to be a road warrior:

  • Tidy
  • Thifty
  • Flexible
  • Adaptable
  • Agile
  • Patient

Despite our self-profressed patience, though, we Road Warriors can also be a bit of an insular and surly lot, especially when confronted with "leisure" travellers who have packed liquids or can't manage to take off their shoes and belts before arriving at the x-ray machine.

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Anyway, all that's behind me now, I think. After 10 years and 10 months in consulting and almost 8 years at my present company, I resigned my position today. It has been a spectatular time, and has allowed me to see many places all over the world, either because of work trips, or the result of tons of air miles and hotel points earned on the road. So cheers to the road warrior lifestyle for that.

But lately I have been thinking about something different, something new. Much like I always seem to get itchy feet for new places, I have gotten the itchy feet for a new work and living experience.

So, somewhat fittingly, my last day is Earth Day. One less road warrior on the road, and 30 tonnes of carbon kept out of the atmosphere from my flying.

This also means an end to the business travel part of the blog. My next move will probably see me keeping a lot more grounded when it comes to work.

This doesn't mean that there is an end to this blog though. I am currently in the process of looking for work in London, England, and am expecting to move there sometime in the summer. (An aside, hello to any potential employers that have found my blog. I promise I won't write about you in here!) I am looking for a job that is in "industry," which is consulting speak for non-consulting. If anybody has any suggestions or contacts in London, feel free to drop me a line.

I'll write a little more on my decision to move abroad in a future entry, but living abroad will obviously offer me the opportunity to experience a foreign culture in a new way - by totally immersing myself in it. Even though Canada and the UK aren't so different, I'm sure I'll still have enough misunderstandings and culture fumblings to provide a few funny moments in the blog.

In addition, the proximity of the UK to continental Europe will still provide me the opportunity to travel, this time it'll be around Europe instead of jetting around North America.

So say goodbye to the road warrior, for he is no more, and say hello to the future immigrant, for he is about to be.

Cheers,
Greg

Posted by GregW 10:06 Archived in Canada Tagged business_travel

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Well congratulations! I'm quite glad you won't be quitting the blog all together. I really enjoy your quirky adventures. I'm green with envy that you may be moving to London. I've wanted to live there since my first glimpse at 18. I also think it's far more fun to live somewhere for awhile and really get a feel for the people. Good luck!

by Bwaybaby10

So the hypothetically can come out of the forum post now then? :) Congrats on the decision; that's often the hardest part!! Look forward to hearing what the new job ends up being and having a few pints together in London at some stage....

by Sam I Am

Congratulations! The end of an era I guess, but it should be an interesting new adventure to keep you going for a while.

by Peter

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