Business travel means traveling on someone else’s schedule or budget – sometimes coinciding with a holiday. I’ve been on airplanes on Halloween, Mother’s Day, Columbus Day and even September 11 (although not in 2001).
My advice for anyone traveling on a holiday (other than, “Don’t do it”) is simple: pretend it isn’t a holiday – unless, of course, you are traveling to celebrate that holiday. If you are traveling on a day of celebration, plan for the festivities to occur before taking off or after you return. If you plan for the celebration to take place before your trip, enjoy the moment without thinking about having to go out of town afterwards. In addition, take lots of photos so you can bring along both fond memories and pictures to look at while you’re gone. Celebrating after you return, on the other hand, gives you something to look forward to after the trip.