posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
I haven't seen the new George Clooney film Up In The Air yet, but I understand that Clooney's character is a man who has no home but travels from place to place for his job.
Well, the DH and I met a guy on our recent flight who is just like that character. Everything he owns is in two suitcases, he travels from place to place every few weeks for his job, and lives in hotels where ever he happens to be. He'd finished a two week stint in Seattle, and had just spent the weekend with his girlfriend in Tampa. Now he was off for a month long assignment in Washington DC when our paths crossed.
After parting ways with your young friend (who looked about 30), my DH began to rhapsodize about what a wonderful lifestyle this guy was living. Yes, sick man that he is, my DH thought it would be FUN to have everything you own fit in two suitcases (never mind that he's the world's biggest pack rat and still has clothes he wore in college decades ago)!
Wouldn't it be great to see all those different places? To meet all those different people? To fly everywhere at somebody else's expense?
Of course, I had to play devil's advocate and point out that some of those places were not that terrific (after DC, the guy was headed to Iowa in the middle of winter -- BRRR!). Hotel beds are notoriously uncomfortable, and since you didn't know anyone in most of the places you went, you'd eat a lot of meals alone (my own personal bug-a-boo). Also, most of the people you met and conversations you had would only be on the most superficial level.
Finally, how could you shop?!?! I mean, with only two suitcases, every time you bought something you'd have to throw something else away. The DH had to admit that even he would have a hard time with that one.
So my bottom line to the whole scenario was that I'd grow mighty tired of this lifestyle pretty darn quick. As much as I like to travel, I like returning home even more! Still, I wondered how many others are like this guy? With increasing mobility and scattered business, will more people live this way very soon? And he was a very interesting study for future characters.
What do you think? Would you find traveling to a new location every few weeks FUN? Or not so much?