One of the main reasons for this is that he spends so much time travelling for work, he prefers to spend his own time enjoying his home.
The upside of business travel
Ben’s business travel has involved flying to exotic destinations such as China, Japan, Thailand and Las Vegas, and has included many fabulous experiences arranged by his hosts.
Before the world began to worry so much about the struggling economy and potential bribery, he would come home and tell tales of extravagant exhibitions with celebrity hosts, all night entertainment, Michelin star restaurants, day trips on yachts, spa massages and general revelry.
While I always knew that this was accompanied by the tedium of endless meetings and tough business decision-making, I rarely heard about that side of it. Why would I? That would be the last thing anyone would wish to discuss.
The downside of business travel
Until you experience long haul business travel for yourself, it is really hard to appreciate just how exhausting it is. Travelling on someone else’s dime means you must ensure your trip delivers value for money. Especially in this day and age.
You are a slave to your hosts tight schedules. You are flung into a foreign culture. Your body and mind suffer from jet lag, climate changes, water changes and the weird exhaustion suffered when sitting on trains and aeroplanes for hours and hours doing nothing.
So, if you have a partner who spends weeks at a time away for work. Don’t get too jealous. It really can be tough.
Why is private travel so different?
As soon as you step onto a plane for your own purposes, travel takes on a whole different meaning. Private travel is rejuvenating and fun. The adventure is your own. Your schedule is your own.
You do still suffer from that weird tiredness resulting from sitting in transport though… Why is it so tiring to sit still and do nothing for so long?