Greetings from Charlotte, NC! I’m having a great work trip so far and, thanks to you all, have some awesome restaurant ideas to try out. I’m staying a little bit outside the city, but apparently there’s a Thai place I just have to try, so I’ll try to venture out.
My trip started out super strong! I stopped for a Pumpkin Spice Chai at Starbucks (best new drink ever), then hit the road for the 5-hour trip.
I listened to a bunch of true crime podcasts along the way, so the time flew by. Nothing like a bunch of murder stories to keep your mind occupied while you drive 5 hours away from home to stay in a hotel by yourself for a week. I don’t know what’s wrong with me…. I ended up near Charlotte just in time for my first high school visit of the season, where I met an awesome student. After my visit, I got settled into my hotel for the week. I gotta say, I’m pretty impressed!
They have all my favorite things here, especially in the concierge lounge: mini bottles of green juice, sriracha, AND sparkling water. It’s basically heaven.
After getting unpacked and relaxing for a bit, I ventured out to Living Kitchen for dinner. They used to be called Luna’s Living Kitchen, but it seems like they’re trying to drop the “Luna’s.” I don’t know what happened to Luna, but my recent podcast experience has my imagination going wild.
Living Kitchen is an all-vegan restaurant with an amazing menu. I got a seat outside on the patio and ordered their avocado-basil sandwich with a side green salad.
This place is the bomb. I’ve been before on past trips, but my hotel is super close this year and I just know I’ll be back before I leave town!
Yesterday morning started out super early at 6 AM, so I hit up the hotel gym for a workout before my day got started.
The hotel gym was so nice! They had chilled towels, fruit-infused water, and free headphones in case you forgot your own. I trolled my hometown gym on Instagram since they gave me a hard time about skipping my workout on Monday.
They’re good sports!
I love them so much.
After getting ready for the day, I hit up the concierge lounge for a quick breakfast.
Then had two high school visits before snagging lunch at Panera…..
Then had another visit before I heading back to my room to do some work on my laptop for a bit.
Things went downhill on the motivation front from there…..See, here’s what usually happens when I start travel season:
Me on day #1: This is so awesome! I’m gonna explore the city, try new places, I might even do some cultural activities, like a museum or something!
Me on day #2: Ok, so maybe I should just lay in bed for a second. I need to research places to go! I can just do that research while I lay in bed.
Four hours later: Crap, it’s dinner time. Maybe I can just go downstairs to the hotel restaurant and have a glass of wine while I decide where to go.
After glass #1: Well, I can’t exactly drive my rental car anywhere now. I’ll just have the hummus plate, please. And a second glass of wine.
And that is how I become the lamest work traveler ever. I will do better today, I promise. Side note on the hotel bar situation: is it too much to ask that just ONCE I sit down at a hotel bar (or any bar) and see something other than ESPN on the tv?
I just feel like a little House Hunters International wouldn’t kill anyone, you know?
On that note, I’m off for another fun-filled day of driving around in a rental car and visiting high schools. Have a great day!
Do you travel for work? If so, are you as lame as I am about it?
What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?