Okay, so someone asked me how I ended up with a 157-stop mystery shopping route. I have a confession. One item on my bucket list has been to drive cross-country. I want to mystery shop my way to the Nevada line. One of the best parts of mystery shopping is mitigating the cost of travel. For example, my annual mecca to the Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha has lately been all-expenses paid (or close to it) when you factor in the work I did while there or en route. Same with my trips to Birmingham. Why not earn some cash in the process?
So, I started letting out feelers to my schedulers letting them know I was up for a trip. Do you have any hard to assign locations you would like to get filled? It took no time at all for one scheduler to let me know they had an offer. The total value of the route is in the low five figures. Seriously.
I also want this to be a quasi-sabbatical of sorts: just me, driving solo, with plenty of windshield time to do some long-term planning and to clear away the cobwebs in my brain. I leave August 6th.