I don’t know about you but I definitely behave differently when I am on the road than I do when I am home. This really was put front and center a few days ago when a friend ratted himself out on Facebook to some of his odd travel habits that he does not practice at home and it got me wondering….
What do I do on the road that I would never (or at least almost never) do at home?
Now please understand I am not talking about some deviant behavior and you will definitely not see my name among the outed Ashley Madison users. If that is what you self-reflected on, you need therapy and professional help (not to mention legal counsel). No, I am talking about the weird, kooky and selfish behaviors that I routinely participate in on the road that I almost never think about, let alone do, while I am home with the family or even when I travel with my wife. So here we go:
Unpack immediately upon entering the room:
This is the one that I personally cannot explain. As soon as the door is shut behind me upon checking in, I am immediately unpacking everything from clothes to toiletries (including unwrapping all of the hotel provided soaps, etc.) and putting everything in the proper place.
Why do they put the shampoo and conditioner on the sink anyways?
Within 5 minutes everything is unpacked, plugged in and hanging up as appropriate. When I get home from a trip – the suitcase may sit for 3 days before I unzip, let alone unpack and that is usually so I can turn around and pack it again.
Sleep with the curtains open:
My wife and I both like the curtains pulled and basically have put blackout drapes on our windows in our bedroom at home. However I almost never pull the blackout drapes when I am staying in hotel by myself. I think there is some innate fear I have of oversleeping so I hedge my bets by letting the sun shine through bright and glorious at ‘Oh My Dear Lord’ early.
Sleep with the TV on:
This happens all the time on the road. I will put on some inane, brainless show and end up falling asleep to it. I cannot tell you how many times Dog the Bounty Hunter and his crew have lulled me to sleep. At home, TV is off well before we are asleep.
Eat dinner at 10:00 at night:
I did this just last night. I would rather eat a decent meal at 10:00 than grab McDonald’s at 6:00 but this often means I am not eating until I have made it to the hotel. I would have revolting hangry sons and wife to deal with at home if I tried to pull this move off. Never going to happen.
Exercise at 11:00 at night:
When you are working all day and then grabbing a flight that evening, sometimes this is the only time you have. At home I would be worried about the noise I am making and how it might be disturbing others. On the road, if there is anyone else in the gym with me at that hour, we are having a great conversation. Unfortunately, at that hour I am normally working out on my own.
Get up at 5:00 AM to get a work out in:
The reverse relationship of exercising late at night. At home, no one wants to hear me dropping weights, doing tuck jumps with Shaun T or hear the treadmill going. On the road, I am trying to figure out how to get the workout in with all of the other crazies in the morning. And when you follow RoadWarriorFit Rule #4 – workout before wine, and you know you have a full day, you make it happen.
Change in the parking lot of a National Monument/Cemetery or bathroom of the rental car lot or airport or club lounge or……:
Guilty as charged! I have changed from work clothes into gym clothes at Arlington National Cemetery to get a run in. I also very much prefer to travel in Jeans and flip flops vs. coat and tie and have changed clothes in the bathroom stall of pretty much every major airport across this great country. Little tip here, if you have time, change at the rental car facility rather than the airport. Stalls are usually less crowded and cleaner.
Skip late night snacks:
So both of my dogs take medication every night (they are both completely neurotic) and they will only take it if I smother in cheese. I usually take advantage of this time to also steal a couple of slices myself every evening. If it is not cheese, it may be a cookie with my 15 year old as he unwinds his day or potentially ice cream with my wife. On the road this never happens. I don’t order dessert. I am not the guy that hits the Concierge Lounge for the dessert bar (I do raid the fridge for water and Diet Coke though). Just no desire when I am not on the road and don’t have the big puppy dog eyes pictured below staring at me.
Work out in the same clothes all week:
OK, I realize this is one of the grosser travel habits I have but when you are traveling for 4-5 nights in a row, space in your suitcase is a premium. I am not going to waste that real estate with multiple workout shorts, shirts, etc. Nope, you can fully expect me to be working out in the same shirt/shorts you saw me in yesterday. Besides, I am probably going to be in a different city tomorrow so all the folks that saw me today will have no idea what I am wearing tomorrow.
Wash those same clothes in the bathroom sink:
However all the people who see me tomorrow should not have to smell me also. When I work out, I tend to go at it hard and I don’t glow or sparkle or shine or any other cutesy synonym for sweat, I SWEAT!! Like dripping off my nose, wring your shirt out sweat. In an effort to end the party between my sweaty gym clothes and bacteria, I have routinely washed my gym clothes in the bathroom sink with shampoo and air dried them throughout the day. Hey, whatever it takes, right?
So there it is folks, the weird things I do on the road that never happen at home (or at least the ones I am willing to publicly admit to). Like I often convey, traveling as much as I do is much more about survival than recharging like a vacation. How do I get maximum results with minimum resources. So how about you? What are your quirks when you travel?
Looking forward to hearing from you and here is to seeing you on the road.