Travelling for work always sounded glamorous to me, until I actually had to travel. Then I realised it really wasn’t. Early flights, airports, waiting, taxis, windowless over-air-conditioned rooms, carb-rich foods, more taxis, another airport, more waiting, and a late flight home. Not. Glamorous.
Today I travelled to Auckland for work, but despite being un-glamorous, I must confess I actually enjoyed not having two small boys in tow. While I waited I sat in peace, read with no interruptions on the plane and spent the day with adults in a learning environment. These particular adults are all teaching a course on Small Business Management and they are all small business owners themselves and it was fascinating chatting to them during breaks. There were fashion designers, a B&B proprietor, a property finder, an artist, and one person ran a research station for dolphins (I think..). Really interesting creative people. Not a bad way to spend a day.
The travel itself made me realise it’s been a long time since I did it with any regularity, and when I did it was from London – the other side of the world from New Zealand. The most exotic travel I do these days is on a gravel road up into the back of beyond. We have a swish new airport here in Christchurch which was long overdue. We are a small city, but have a lot of international visitors, and now have a gateway to impress – we even have air bridges with floor to ceiling images of sheep farms complete with the sounds of sheep baa-ing – I kid you not! But, it would appear that boarding passes are passé – text messages are the quickest way through the gate, and while I pulled out my book, everyone else pulled out their kindle. Times change fast and I’m feeling slightly left behind.
Travel wardrobe: I wore a black Country Road dress I bought online and has been a favourite item this summer – light, flattering and super comfortable it was perfect for today, and I wore for warmth my new merino-silk boxy cardigan, also from Country Road. The silk with the merino makes it incredibly soft and beautiful to wear. I was going to include a photo of my outfit, but as I didn’t do the clothes much justice, and haven’t mastered the skinny-pouting look, you’ll just have to use your imagination and take my word for it.
Have a great weekend and if celebrating Valentines is your thing, have a great night, and if not – don’t forget to say those three little words to your nearest and dearest.