Work Trips is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.
TPOL makes his millions from blogging and moonlighting as a lawyer because he loves the law. That is a lie. Instead of traveling for leisure, my off shore legal practice had me going to BVI for a few nights for work. I missed the first day because I overlooked the need for a passport (see My Duck Up: You Need a Passport for British Virgin Islands). Then I experienced the pleasure of flying on interCaribbean Airways. Upon arrival, I checked into an isolated hotel that was under construction (see Wyndham Tortola). Things were going great.
Over the coming days, I went to my conference which lasted from morning until the early evening. En route to the conference, I would see the beauty of BVI. From the conference room, I could see the harbor. After the conference concluded, there was a networking cocktail hour followed by a drive back to the hotel. Three days later I went back to Puerto Rico.
Apart from walking on the beach at my hotel the first day, I saw nothing of Tortola or BVI’s other 53 islands. Putting aside whether BVI is a country (see Is Hawaii a Country?), this begs the question, should I include BVI on my Country Count List? I don’t include countries where I don’t leave the airport even though technically the rules say it is permissible. My view is that I have to do something in a place to say that I have been there. Sure I was physically in BVI for 3 nights but what did I experience? I can’t write a Guns & Butter Travel Guide let alone recommend a restaurant.
I could have stayed in BVI after the conference and explored but after being there for days with nonstop presentations, that was the last thing I wanted to do. Hopefully, I will return to BVI for Christmas in July and experience the fun of the island. While I will include it on my list, two conclusions can be drawn from this trip: 1) Traveling for work is not travel. 2) Work is stupid.