A business lesson from traveling

There are so many lessons to be learned from traveling, I could write a book about it. (Maybe one day, I will!)

But for now, I’m going to focus on just one.

This trip had a MAJOR business lesson – the need to stay flexible.

Sometimes plans get cancelled. Others get changed. Occasionally even your destination gets switched. The key here is to take it in stride. No time for dwelling over the woulda, coulda, shoulda. Look for the opportunity this change gives you – because there’s probably a good one.

(Though, admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to find.)

Plot twist!

Great stories have unexpected plot twists. Great discoveries started out as accidents.

(What do penicillin, potato chips, and Play-Doh have in common, other than the letter P? Yep – they started out as accidents.)

Accept the unexpected

Sometimes you need to push for the outcome you want, but don’t underestimate the power of going with the flow. Sometimes the tide carries you to exactly where you need to be.

On this trip, I had no choice but to go with the flow. We started out wanting to go to Spain, ended up in France. (Welcome to the joys of standby travel!)

The few plans we did make (like seeing Cannes) got canned thanks to the destructive wake of a torrential rainstorm.

We got stuck an extra night in Nice thanks to that same weather – and two (2!) train strikes.

Lesson learned

K, it would be easy to say that quite a few things went “wrong” on this trip.

But doing so would lessen the value of the lesson.

I had a fabulous time, I spent much-needed time with my man, I got to visit and learn the rich history of places I’ve never heard of. Plus, I got this (incredibly important) reminder. Bonus! 


Working in an international airport for years has taught me that it’s pretty common to go into full-blown panic mode when plans change. I’ve also learned that this method doesn’t help… and it makes for a pretty crummy start/middle/end to a trip.

Shiitake will happen. Especially in business. And in travel. 

But it’s how you recover that counts. Remember, a flexible muscle has more strength than a stiff muscle.

I’d love to share my actual journey with you! Crack open my travel diary for insights, tips, and inspiration.

To staying flexible (both in body and mind),

What takeaways have you gotten from traveling?  Let me know in the comments!

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