I’ve decided from now on, I think I need to screen travel buddies, especially for work trips. I traveled with two people, both men on this trip. I’ve had my share of bad women as well, just not in a while.
I went up to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for two days. First day in Arlington, second day in McKinney. I’m shocked I made it through two days without losing my mind. At least one person was good company.
Here are some of the criteria I think I am going to look at, based on my 2 most recent work trips, but this applies to anyone I guess:
- Being on time. We were late leaving both days, late to our meeting the 2nd day. Even though Dan is late everywhere, I HATE being late.
- Preparedness. The maps printed were not what they were supposed to be for. The presentation was only 1 hour, it needed to be 3. Guess who had to save the day and do a impromptu presentation? (I wasn’t even supposed to be there!)
- Driving. Be at least a decent driver and don’t kill me, that’s all I ask. That and maybe having some sense of direction. Knowing left from right can go a long way.
- Be thoughtful. I’m just going to say that I didn’t get lunch until 3:30 pm on Tuesday and never got one on Monday. Luckily on Monday I found a mini-Starbucks and was able to get a cup of fruit and a latte at 2 pm. That was my lunch. Yes, I am still mad.
- Someone who doesn’t want to eat every meal at McDonalds. Yes this happened. I don’t want to eat ANY meal at McDonald’s. Sorry. I know it’s cheap, but I don’t care. There are other options that don’t suck so bad. A grown man threw a hissy fit both days about eating at McDonalds. Really? My other coworker was scared the whole time I think.
- Someone who appreciates decent food. Really, is that too much to ask? We are traveling on expenses, you will get paid back. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but I want at LEAST what i’d make for myself if I was at home or better.
- Speaking of tips…if you aren’t going to tip, then don’t eat with me. It’s not the server’s fault we don’t get reimbursed for tips or that you are a cheap skate. If this really bothers you, hit the drive-thru after I eat.
- Accessibility. If you wont give your coworkers your cell phone number, I am not traveling with you. I have to be able to communicate with you, especially if you have the car keys.
- Flexibility. You just have to be. Especially when you are not alone.
- Manners. Please control your bodily functions.
- Common Sense. (ok, that’s where I am probably asking too much)
Granted, I didn’t take my “emergency food”, which I never forget, but I shouldn’t have to! On Tuesday I walked in the rain to Starbucks to get my breakfast. I enjoyed the rain and the walk, but I was just happy there were places to eat near our hotel that I could walk to (which is what I did for Monday’s dinner). I am glad I bought a Kind bar and a banana when I got breakfast, anticipating my coworker would be a brat.
Unfortunately both days during lunch, I was at his mercy and that did not pan out well. On Tuesday, while I was enjoying an iced tea for lunch and watching my coworker down a supersize fry and a triple cheeseburger, I plotted how I was going to hitch-hike back to Austin.