We wanted a peek into the mind of a true Road Warrior, so we asked Grand Prize Winner to keep a travelogue on a recent business trip. American Way's judges chose him from more than 8,000 entries as this year's ultimate Road Warrior, so we knew he had the travel credentials. As senior vice president of sales at the nationwide Spanish-language radio company, Radio Unica Network, Meyer goes on the road almost weekly to meet with current advertising clients and pitch new ones. From his base in Los Angeles, he might hit St. Louis, Dallas, and Phoenix all in one trip, as he did on the trip he chronicles below, and as you'll discover from this diary, he makes friends at every stop. (For more on the contest and Karl Meyer, see "The New Jet Set" ).
Without further ado, here's one day in this Road Warrior's life, sunup to sundown. We're betting that it will give you business travelers a bit of déjà vu - and something to show people when they ask what you do when you're gone all the time.
TUESDAY 5:00 a.m. (PST) ARE WE READY YET? The alarm clock never goes off before a road trip. It's not broken, but I always manage to wake up one hour before it goes off. Today I embark on a four-day, three-night trip, L.A. to St. Louis to Dallas to Phoenix and back to L.A. Piece of cake. I'll manage with a meticulously packed carry-on.
I stare at the ceiling and review my checklist
-I still need to make those last-minute changes to the presentations
-Did my assistant arrange for Rick Washington to pick me up at the office or am I driving myself?
-I'd better pack an extra shirt and tie just in case
-I hope I wasn't too hard on Alyssa after reviewing her report card