In a little less than a week I start the OTN APAC Tour. This is where I’m going to be…
- Perth, Australia : November 6-7
- Shanghai, China : November 9
- Tokyo, Japan : November 11-13
- Beijing, China : November 14-15
- Bangkok, Thailand : November 17
- Auckland, New Zealand : November 19-21
Just looking at that list is scary. When I look at the flight schedule I feel positively nauseous. I think I’m in Bangkok for about 24 hours. It’s sleep, conference, fly. 🙂
After all these years you would think I would be used to it, but every time I plan a tour I go through the same sequence of events.
- Someone asks me if I want to do the tour.
- I say yes and agree to do all the dates.
- They ask me if I am sure, because doing the whole tour is a bit stupid as it’s a killer and takes up a lot of time.
- I say, no problem. It will be fine. I don’t like cherry-picking events as it makes me feel guilty, like I’m doing it for a holiday or something.
- Everything is provisionally agreed.
- I realise the magnitude of what I’ve agreed to and secretly hope I don’t get approval.
- Approval comes through.
- Mad panic for visas, flights and hotel bookings etc.
- The tour starts and it’s madness for X number of days. On several occasions I will want to throw in the towel and get on a plane home, but someone else on the tour will provide sufficient counselling to keep me just on the right side of sane.
- Tour finishes and although I’ve enjoyed it, I promise myself I will never do it again.
With less than a week to go, I booked the last of my hotels this morning, so you can tell what stage I’m at now… 🙂
I was reflecting on this last night and I think I know the reason I agree to these silly schedules. When I was a kid, only the “posh” kids did foreign holidays. You would come back from the summer break and people would talk about eating pasta on holiday and it seemed rather exotic. Somewhere in the back of my head I am still that kid and I don’t really believe any of these trips will ever happen, so I agree to anything. 🙂