If you guessed Asia, you are right. I'm off to Taipei, Taiwan and then Tokyo, Japan. During my trip I'll post some photo's (from my handy iphone) and some Asian themed cards I made ahead of time.
Some people ask me if I like or dislike the business travel. I like it. My job is working in the corporate finance group of a high tech company doing pricing programs. Our company has very low turnover and is a very collaborative environment. I enjoy my business travel because I see the same group of people each time and we work well together. I probably talk to these same people on the phone or via e-mail several times a month so seeing them face to face once every 18 months is great. It is also very productive. Since I like my job and like to see a project or assignment finish with excellence it's great to have the opportunity to meet with the regions and really understand their pricing processes and challenges so that our corporate programs are well received and successful. It is a lot of work. Generally we start early and keep talking work through our business dinners. It's also hard to understand the accents - even though all my colleagues speak English. It just takes a lot of concentration so I'm wiped out after a trip like this, but in a good way.
My company is also really good about travel. They negotiate good deals so we can stay at nice places and when I travel to Asia I fly business class, which is much nicer than coach. This trip, the Tiawan office has a deal with the brand new W hotel in Taipei. They often will 'try' a nice hotel on me (or someone at my level) to see if it's up to standard for a customer or executive. I get to be the 4 star hotel guinea pig. This is fine with me. I'll 'try' a 4 star hotel at a discount rate so our local office admin can access whether it's good enough for the mucky-mucks! From the pictures it looks stunning. I hope I have some free time to check out the gym and roof-top pool.
When this trip is done, I don't have any other business travel scheduled again, so I can enjoy my summertime with my family. Yeah!