I've come to accept that being on the road and away from my family is part of my life. As an author, speaker and consultant I've got to get on a plane or train quite often to get to the people who are paying me for my services.
I also have an incurable case of wanderlust, that makes me want to experience everything the world has to offer and meet as many great people as possible during my time here.
But, the truth is every night before I leave on a trip I get a little down and sad because it means another set of days that I won't be at home with my family where I am most happy.
I know I'm not the only one who deals with this and there are ways to stay connected while I'm away, but it is tough.
Today finds me flying to Rotterdam where I'm speaking on Thursday night and then will get to spend a day in Amsterdam as well. This is an amazing opportunity and one that I'm very thankful for. I can't wait to walk around these cities with my cameras and capture it all and then share it with all of you.
But, on the flipside I hate the fact that I've got an 8 1/2 hour plane right ahead of me. I've never spent that long in a chair in my life. It also sucks since I rarely sleep on planes. But, my iPad and laptop are both loaded with content and I've got some magazines as well to pass the time.
A great quote I once heard was, "I love travel. I just hate getting there."
I don't know who said it, but it fits my feelings perfectly.
It will be an amazing week. I know that.
I know I'll return home with stories, photos and a new stamp on my passport. I also know that when I wake up in my own bed and the kids come in to give me birthday hugs it will be the best feeling in the world.
Safe travels to everyone else on the road today.