People often comment on how it must be so great to be able to travel to speak, educate others and have the time and support to do so. It is. I love it. But it's more than they think it is.
Travelling and giving talks must be great, all that time off work and relaxing!
1:30pm: Leave work
2:00pm: Get train and eat random WHSmiths sandwich
5:00pm: Arrive at city where I'm speaking
5:30pm: Check into hotel, freshen up
6:00pm: Leave hotel, head to venue
6:30pm: Get to venue, setup & check things work
7:00pm to 10:30pm: Talk / event, socialising, answering questions, maybe eat a slice of pizza
11:00pm: Back at the hotel
11:30pm: Check things I've missed (emails, twitter etc), ensure slides and code are updated and online for attendees
12:00am: Go to bed after realising you haven't really eaten properly today and the only time you've had to yourself was on a train surrounded by strangers
9:00am: Catch train
12:00pm: Back into Leicester
12:30pm: Grab quick lunch
1:00pm: Back in the office for work in the afternoon
I love it. I don't want this post to sound negative. It's not meant to be. I love being able to do this.
But it's not time off work.