Still, I was intrigued by this NYT headline: There’s Simply No Excuse for Being Bored on a Trip. We do love to go strange places, so I was hoping I could learn something.
John Heaton's article begins:
FROM time to time, I hear business travelers complain about how unexciting their trips are. This is nonsense, for the most part. Business travel can be great adventure if you’re curious.
I was with him at this point. Then he goes on to describe how he stays in the native hotels and peppers people with questions. (Does he speak all the languages he is questioning people in? Or does he have the luxury of traveling with an interpreter? I'm feeling skeptical so I'm voting for the latter.) I was starting to dismiss him at this point. Then I got to this paragraph:
For the next two hours, as we pored over maps, he told me tales of the archipelago and uncontacted tribes. His stories were so compelling that I decided to change my travel plans. For the next two months, I crisscrossed the islands, hardly seeing another white face. The highlight of my trip was being the only outsider to attend the funeral of an important Dani chief. What started as a business trip ended in a real adventure.
Yes, I can afford to do that. Can't you? Just take two months off work so you can crissross islands.
So, while you are having a 6 hour layover in Pittsburgh, remember if you are bored, it's not because the airport is boring, it's because you are! Or, you are not wealthy enough to avoid business trips that involve layovers in Pittsburgh. I'm betting it's the latter.