I’m back, after a longer than usual break. But I had to write about it. This weekend, few classmates and I started looking for our next sleeping paradise in Budapest. If you ask me, it’s like holiday planning over and over again. I love traveling as well as the whole planning and preparation around it. Well, these are not really holidays, but that’s how I like to treat them, makes life a little easier 🙂
In my first job after graduation, as an Application Engineer, I had to travel a lot. I was literally living in trains. Though the job was based in New Delhi, on an average 20 days a month I was out of Delhi. I really enjoyed that job and maybe that’s where I first developed a passion for traveling and exploring new places, new cultures. But it gets tough after a while, at least there were people taking care of all the logistics, not any more.
MBA is already a very demanding program and if it’s is not in the same city where you usually live and work, things just get more complicated. In the current EMBA class, there 6 of us traveling from nearby cities and countries to Budapest. I travel from Munich to Budapest every other weekend. Of course we get a lot of things to do between classes, but for people like me that travel from other cities it means we also need to take care of our travel plans. To find the most economical way, I start looking for tickets much in advance, sometimes taking a plane, or a day train or even a night train, bus or car. Plenty of choices and I’ve tried many of them. Last time a generous friend agreed to host me, thanks Mahesh!
Planning for next trip is almost completed, tickets are booked and accommodation will be booked shortly. Sometimes it’s a bit chaotic but there is also a positive learning. This gives us a sense of things to come. Lot of collaboration, decision-making, choosing the best options, financial planning and actual travel are all part of life after MBA. I don’t have a proof, but this could be an interesting topic of a CEU wide survey – what do Business School alumni think of life after MBA?
In addition to all the usual preparation, I never forget 2 of the most important items: Eat tight, pack light.