As you probably know my work can take me all around the world. Meeting customers, suppliers, partners and the like. Making new connections and building relationships with everyone we work with, is a huge part of what makes Millennium what it is.
Over the last 12 months alone I’ve been to Asia, Europe, Malaysia and more. I love exploring the big wide world, but it does have its downside.
I’m not talking flight delays and jet lag, although they are a pain I could happily live without. No, I’m talking the curse of the well-travelled. Main symptoms? Failing to appreciate what you have right here at home.
I spend a lot of my time sat in the office, on an industrial estate in Birmingham. Couple that with my trips to exotic places and it’s easy to see why I often forget that the UK has a lot to offer too.
I recently made a trip up to Scotland and I have to say it really did surprise me.
We’ve taken on a new client up there, so I needed to pay them a visit. I hopped on a flight from Birmingham International and just over an hour later we touched down in Glasgow. The sun was shining, the sky was cloudless and despite a slight chill in the air, it was a beautiful day.
My trip took me from Glasgow, up to Greenock, then over to Ardeer on the coast. I’ve never been to Scotland before and quite frankly I was amazed at how stunning it really was! How could I not have known that such beauty existed pretty much on my doorstep?
It was a short visit and I have to say I was a little sad to return home. I’ll certainly be visiting again sometime soon.
I guess the moral of the story is that in a busy, modern life it can be easy to forget to look for and appreciate the good things that are right in front of us. I’ll certainly be making an effort to explore closer to home again in the near future.