I was thinking recently how lucky I have been to do some of the work travel that I have done. Work has opened the door for some amazing adventures. For a few years, I had a travel budget, the only instruction was "make sure you would feel comfortable explaining to congress why you spent the money on that trip." The travel budget went away 6 years ago with a restructure of a project. And over the past five years the office budget was cut to the point that less and less was possible.
I have been backed into a corner and had to redo the office budget. One of the results should be a return to a modest travel budget for the department. The full effect of that won't kick in long before I retire, but perhaps there will be an adventure or two before then.
I went to Mt Washington in New Hampshire to teach at a conference. I don't remember the topic. I added a day to the trip at my expense, and rode the cog railway up the side of the mountain, in the fog. Michael Downie on the YouTube channel Downie Live posted this week about his ride on the line. A great adventure.