John Matthews, International Digital Business Traveller

Prior to 2012 I worked with a fair number of international stakeholders and occasionally paid visits to Boston or Milan, but was primarily based in London.

Since the start of 2012, I’ve spent significant stretches of time away from home consulting with clients in person. It’s been an amazing experience to move beyond tourism and learn about different cultures through developing content, products and services.

All this travel led me to develop  techniques to optimise my efficiency whilst on the road. My most effective tool was the purchase of a 3G-equipped iPad and keyboard case, though recently I’ve had to work more with with colleagues who can’t quite shake the habit of using MS Office documents so I’ve added a MacBook Air to my armoury. The Air also affords me more file storage and functionality when I’m away from home for weeks at a time.

When I look at where I’ve spent my time, I came up with the following (excluding travel time and overseas holidays) :

2012

  • 2 months in Paris consulting with clients (spread across 2 and 3 day visits)

2013

  • 2 months in Paris consulting with clients (spread across 2 and 3 days visits)
  • 1 month in Doha consulting with clients
  • 1 week Slovakia with my development team
  • Several days in Slovenia on an “employee of the year” mini-break

2014

  • 7 weeks (and counting) in Doha consulting with clients

As I contemplate another several weeks in the Middle East, I found this piece by Michael Lopp articulates very well how to make travel as frictionless as possible : Practical Advice for the Obsessive Compulsive Traveler.

See you somewhere between London, Paris and Doha soon!

John Matthews, International Digital Business Traveller

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