Travel Ain't as Bad as You Think It Is


Not everyone will agree with me on this one, but one of the great things about internal audit is the opportunity some of us are provided to travel. For me, that hasn't really been world travel or even a lot of travel that spanned the U.S. But it has given me a chance to search out and find things I probably would not have discovered otherwise.
(No doubt, part of the reason I can say this is that my travel never became too onerous. At the very worst, there were a couple of months where it was 50%, but generally it was no more than 30%. I'm guessing that, had my situation been similar to the individual I met who was doing 100%, I might be telling you a different story right now – probably a story that included ex-wives.)
This all leads to a point I have made to anyone who would listen: If you have quit trying to sit by the window seat, then you have forgotten the joy of travel. Here's an example. I've had three trips in the last five weeks. On those flights I've gotten the chance to experience incredible aerial views of the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, and, just yesterday, New York.
And, on that flight, for the first time in my life, I saw the Statue of Liberty.
(Not the point to turn sentimental or maudlin, but I will say I kept my nose pressed against the glass until I couldn't see her any more.)
We all take travel for granted. Many of us complain about the hassles (and there is much to complain about), sit on the aisle in order to get a little leg room while trying not to get bumped by food carts, and, in general, try to get in and out of a town before we even know we've been there.
But we've been given an opportunity others would die for; we can see things no one has ever seen.
Here's my admonition to you. When you are out of town and you have completed your work, keep the computer in the bag. Rent a car. Climb in a train. Grab a cab. Get out any way you can and see what there is to see. (Remember, there is a reason they invented Daylight Savings Time.)
It is the one thing I did right in my career – explore the territory. No matter where you are, there is something to see. In afterhours travel I've visited Chaco Canyon and Death Valley and Serpent Mound and Valley of Fire and the Field of Corn and Red Rock Canyon and Capulin Mountain and Sunset Crater and Waputki and Rhyolite and Aztec and Carlsbad Caverns and Snoqualmie Falls and Mt. Hood and Candlestick Park and Craters of the Moon and the Bottomless Lakes and even some obscure places you probably wouldn't know.
There's a lot out there. We've been given the opportunity to visit. So, go see what there is to see. (And then you can turn on your computer after you get back – it will all still be waiting there for you.)

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 by Mike Jacka

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  1.  Enjoyed every bit of this.  So true and a lesson to learn/implement

  1.  I travel to Tribal gaming operations throughout the US which allows me to see many places that most never see. I also try to see as much of the area as I can during my trips. There are so many incredible places in the US to see.

  1. I whole-heartedly agree. Any opportunity I have been given to travel for work, I take full advantage of. I've been to places and seen things I would never have normally planned on and it has been a great experience. I am very thankful.

  1. It's definitely all about perspective, and work environment. I've had jobs with 90% travel, working long hours, and being away from home on top of it! Those were the days when travel was definitely not so much fun. But, there have also been more moderate travel jobs with international travel where I was able to visit Mexico, the Phillipines, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and England...and I'm definitely grateful for those experiences...even if I didn't get to play the role of tourist as much as I would have liked! Embrace opportunities...because when they are gone, you will miss them!

  1. On my last trip, I accidentally ran into an abandoned mental asylum: Rockland Psychiatric Center.

    It was still functional, but pretty eerie.  A lot of the buildings were empty.  The center used to house close to 9,000 people 70-80 years ago.

  1. traveling has made me meet a lot of internal auditors within my industry (banking) which makes it easier to get information such as fraud within banks.
  1.  Hi,

    I completely endorse your views. Infact, because of my profession - Internal Auditing, I am able to meet and visit several cultures, experience myself the location, get connected with various people and happy to hear their experinces - these are all non quantifiable advantages. 

    It is very true that we get this opportunity which others may die for and may not get in their lifetime.

    Travel is never a pain; I would say that "TRAVEL is always a GAIN".

    Best regards,

    Rajen Kumar Shah

    Aditya Birla Group (INDIA)

  1. I agree.  If it wasn't for IA and travel, I'd never had a chance to see the Corn Palace in Mitchell S.D.

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