I’m often struck by the extreme difference between the cost of my business travel and the cost of my personal traveling choices. But it’s not just the cost that is different, but my attitudes about what types of accommodations, flights, and meals are acceptable differs depending on whether my travel is personal or business. It’s as though I have a split personality.
As examples of costs, the airfare of my last two business trips adds up to about $11,700, but the total cost of my last vacation (of 8 days) was $1200 including food, golf, accommodations, and airfare.
As an example of attitudes, I’m content to sleep on a bunk-bed and eat burnt toast when I’m on a personal golf trip, but I find myself critical of small things at hotels when on business travel such as inefficient handling of my luggage or poor timing of maid service.
I’d be interested in knowing how common it is for people to have very different spending personalities in different contexts.