Just to continue my Travel Stress theme, it’s now Saturday, I fly on Tuesday. As yet I have no idea about:
- Locations of training rooms.
- Hotel reservations. I believe they have been made for me (I hope), but I don’t know any addresses.
- Ground transportation. I don’t know if this is arranged by OU or me, but as I’ve not been given any addresses yet it’s a bit of a worry.
- Flight payments. I received some invoices from Oracle Travel, but they appear to have invoiced me for the original flights, not the revised flights, so I’m not sure I have actually paid for the flights yet and therefore I can’t be sure I’m actually going to make it to some of the locations.
I’m not too happy at the thought of starting a trip when I don’t know any addresses in the places I’m visiting and I’m not even sure my flights between some of the locations have been paid for.
The thing that really bugs me about traveling is the organization that is needed prior to the trip. When I’m travelling with the ACE program life is a lot easier because Victoria and Lillian (from the ACE program) do all the hard work for me. When I’m travelling with Oracle University I have to do most of it myself and that is a killer for me.
I was just starting to calm down about it all, then the Hong Kong course was rescheduled, which created a couple of days of panic. Once that was sorted I started to relax again then today I’ve received the invoices for the flights and they don’t look correct, so I’m left wondering what flights I’ve actually paid for. Now you may think I’m worrying unnecessarily, but I’ve turned up at an airport before now to be told that I have a reservation, but the flights have not been paid for. It’s not a nice position to be in, especially when you have to make international calls to sort the issue out, all the time wondering if you are going to miss the next flight.
I enjoy presenting and I love meeting new people in new places, but the travel stress is starting to get to me. I just have to keep telling myself it’s all going to be worth it in the end…