Greetings and salutations from my seat on the Amtrak Northeast Regional train, bound this morning for Boston forHubSpot’s annual INBOUND event. I always enjoy days like this, knowing that some of my favorite fellow IMPACTers are also traveling from all corners of the country right now.
Although I think I’m the only one making the trek to ye olde Beantown via train this year.
I get it. From my neck of the woods, here in Maryland, it’s a more than seven-hour journey up the east coast by train to my final destination. Traveling by plane would certainly be considered much more “efficient” by some — and, depending on where folks are traveling from, the train may not be an option.
But whenever I’m traveling to Boston or to New Haven (IMPACT HQ),I always take the train by choice.
I do this for a few reasons.
First, there’s something inherently romantic about train travel.
When I’m not furiously typing away for work, as I am right now, you'll typically find me wistfully staring out the window while listening to mellow, uplifting music —this one is a current favorite— as I allow my mind to clear and wander and let go of anything stressful.
Second, I strongly dislike dealing with airport security, and I absolutely adore full-sized toiletries. So, yes. Flying is faster, but the hassle and stress is often not worth it. And, in some cases, traveling to the airport, going through security, and so on, adds up to the same amount of time as I would spend traveling by train… with no security or cramped seating — and all the family-sized shampoo and conditioner I can carry.
Don’t get me wrong.I absolutely love traveling, attending (andspeaking at) conferences, andbeing with my tribe. But bookending my trips with four to seven hours of blissful train travel to charge up, decompress, and… well, not be forced to talk to anyone does wonders for my sanity.
Speaking of which, it's time for me to throw on some tunes and zone out. But don't worry, I've still got you covered with the latest in digital sales and marketing goodness below.
(Oh, and if you happen to be at INBOUND this week, stop by the IMPACT booth for aWebsite Throwdownand to say hi to yours truly! I always love meeting folks from THE LATEST nation.)
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🚂 Travel Reads
Finally, long trips require a really good book. So, for INBOUND week, I've chosen to revisit an old favorite of mine, because it is just that good:
Freakonomicsis one of my favorite books because it is absolutely fascinating. I mean, tell me this description doesn't leave you dying to read it:
"Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?
These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist.
Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: Freakonomics." (Amazon)
Anyway, that's all for now — talk to you later this week!
Director of Web & Interactive Content, Speaker, Host of 'Content Lab' Podcast