Singapore 3rd June 2013
It is hard to imagine business in this part of the world (or any part for the matter) without leaving your office for a flight to another destination. I drive in Singapore, Perth or Jakarta to meetings but otherwise we fly to our meetings. At current rate I am flying to a project destination on average once a week at least. Last week to Indonesia (3 flights) this week I am off to China (4 flights scheduled). All of these trips together amount to quite a lot of miles! From my first year of blogging I calculated that in 2010 alone I travelled more than 370,000km, more than 9 times around the earth…!
The biggest challenge is to find the right flights; at the right price and for me nowadays at the right time! There are so many options and now certainly with the abundance of budget airlines. While we use to rely on a travel agent a lot to get our flights organised, the internet has made bookings on line a breeze and most of our flights are now indeed booked on line with electronic tickets, complete with meal, seat selection and boarding passes complete. It is hard to understand the mechanisms that determine the price of a flight, though. One moment they can be virtually free the next moment they can be astronomical. As we have to factor in the cost of traveling in our fees you can understand that we prefer those variations to be borne by the client rather than ourselves. The flipside being that if you do take it on to yourself and you can use a pre-agreed travel reimbursements is to figure out cheap ways to fly and make some money on the travel fees…
It is my blog subject today as we were trying to work out flights back from China that allow us to maximise our time with the client but minimise our travel time (and costs!). Turned out to be quite a challenge…but all settled now 🙂
Light Watch 4-97:
One of the most amazing video’s I have ever seen is the simulation of every single flight path over the world over a period of 24 hours. It shows the flight movements all over the world and you can see how activities go ballistic during day time in Europe to then slowly move to the US, then China. It’s a miracle it all seems to work…the images below are from study done in the US recently