Well, Matt, it depends largely on the type of travel. Us consultants fall into two types, usually:
- Those who are constantly jetting around Europe (and sometimes even further afield), staying in hotels 4 nights a week and so on.
- Those who spend all their hours on trains, in taxis, or on the M1, with periodic overnight stays somewhere.
I fall into the latter category these days. The worst thing about that category is basically being surrounded by slobs on smelly public transport. And the congestion and slowness and lack of reliable mobile phone signal too.
For the first category, life is different. I used to loathe being surrounded by stupid little juniors who would love nothing more than living out of a suitcase and exploring European cities at the weekend. For those who have a family at home, however, it's a pain. Being away from home on a regular basis really isn't fun. When you're surrounded by footloose and fancy free 23 year olds who are desperate to keep their hotel room for the weekend so that they can go shoe-shopping in Hamburg's equivalent of Oxford Street, and all you want to do is get back home to see your kids, it gives one a heavy heart. A very heavy heart indeed. And, even worse, if you're at one of those companies that are liable to send you to Singapore or Manhattan for 6 months followed by Kazakhstan for 3 months followed by Tokyo then Malaysia then somewhere else, it's simply not viable.
To put it bluntly, a lot of people leave consultancy because of unreasonable travel demands. But, a lot of people thrive on it. For me personally, the odd night away here and there is OK - but that's it.
So, I hope that has helped you, Matt. Just say if you'd like to chat further.
And please, have a nice weekend.
Roger that. Over and out.