|'I'm eating your tree - you cool with that?'|
Press trips can be good for more than boasting opportunities, they're pretty good for networking too. I discussed one of the other titles that I write for with the PR that was with us in Africa and it's likely we'll be working together again later this year. The more I meet other journalists, the more I find out how they can write for a living. I discovered that working for a news organisation in the North West of England means you can afford a house with a garden; the guy who works for one down here is sharing a house with three of his mates in an area where it's increasingly likely he'll get mugged.
Lastly, press trips are good for getting some perspective. While we were in Zambia, we visited an AIDS hospice, an orphanage and most inspiring of all, a farm worked by blind people. However frustrated and stressed you might get with your own life, there will always be someone out there in the world who's having a much tougher time of it than you. There's no way of saying this without sounding like a schmaltzy soundbite from an overly sentimental movie but I'm going with it: we all need reminding of that sometimes.