As a developer evangelist, I am a road warrior. “Road warrior” of course being a term that people use to try and make their failure to get a job that doesn’t require constant travel sound like a cool thing. It’s not a cool thing. It’s miserable.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s also great. I love travel. I’m in Seattle right now and it’s an awesome city. I’ve had the weekend to myself and due to some serendipitous travel planning failures it’s been a long weekend, too! I went up the Space Needle and watched people throw fish at each other. It was great.
I don’t even complain that much about air travel. Yes, it’s miserable, but I still think of airports as magic portals. I can enter through a door in Berlin and less than 24 hours later I can be almost anywhere on earth. Sure, those 24 hours are miserable 24 hours, but still! That’s pretty amazing.
In many ways air travel has never been better. People like to complain that flying on Economy is uncomfortable, everybody is grumpy and you are getting nickel-and-dimed every step of the way. All of this is true, of course, but the upside is that you can fly to the other side of the world for as little as a few hundred Euros. That’s pretty amazing!