The travel plans are 99% nailed down, and they look like this:
The last time I was in Europe I made some mistakes. I flew in, went to my hotel and slept, spoke for eight hours the next day, went to dinner (a couple of hours away – not a good idea after speaking for a full day), then went back to my hotel, slept, and then went to the airport to fly home. I got to see a little bit of Istanbul, but I really should have planned that better.
This time, I’m planning it better! I’m taking a couple of my kids, arriving near the city I’m speaking almost a week early, and staying in Europe for a month. Take that, jet lag!!
While there, I want to “do it all.” I am creating lists of things to do in each country we’ll be in, and want to soak up the sights/sites, the food, the language, and the culture. I’ll spend about 5 days in each city I’ll be in, and hope that will give me enough time to experience a bit of that culture. I’m super excited.
From what I hear, there aren’t traditional job clubs or job ministries, but I will be contacting a few schools to see if I can speak to their business and MBA students. If you know of any places I could speak, and can make introductions, I’d appreciate it.
I’ve learned there is balance for trips like this. I have to balance work with downtime. I typically have that very out-of-balance (like the time I was in Minneapolis and spoke 14 times in 3 days… or was it 13 times in 4 days? Either way, it was really intense). This time, though, I’ll have my kids, and I want to make sure that we make memories together. So, I’ll guard my time carefully and not over do it.
This trip will be mid-May to mid-June. Have any advice, tips, pointers, or contacts? Would love to hear them and get intros!