I’ve been travelling a lot this week, and when I’m travelling and staying away from home, I like to get out and explore. On Tuesday I was in Aberdeen, and the rain was of biblical proportions. That put paid to any thoughts of a late afternoon stroll along the beach before I spoke at the University.
The past couple of days have seen me cross the border and spend time in Darlington & Newcastle. I managed a brief walk near the station in Darlington – I’d never been there before, so it was good to get a feel for the place before jumping in a taxi. On our drive to my meeting, we passed a huge EE call centre – they’re now one of the biggest employers apparently.
I got back in to Newcastle around 4pm, walked to my hotel, made some calls, replied to emails, and planned a talk for next week. After a cheeky hotel HIIT session with Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, I wandered out to find something to eat. It was dark and wet, but good to get some fresh air after a long day of sitting down!
Yesterday I was running a workshop, in my hotel, starting at 9am. I set the alarm for 6 so that I could get out and have a walk down by the Quayside. It’s a lovely area of Newcastle, with those iconic bridges, and of course The Sage and Baltic buildings. I stopped for some coffee in a wonderful wee coffee shop, watching the locals go about their business, and then walked slowly back to the hotel, ready to get the workshop started.
I love a morning walk, and realised today that perhaps it’s something I should be doing when I’m at home too. At least on the days I’m not training. 20 – 30 minutes of fresh air and thinking time. What a great way to start the day!
What do you do when you’re travelling for work? Do you like to get out and explore?