What would your business travel superpower be?

In Culture and news by James Deem

Business travel can be an exhausting experience, which is likely why folks tend to gush over things like artisanal peanuts and extra legroom — things we take for granted on a daily basis. The Deem Teamers were recently surveyed on what superpower they would want and how they would use them to improve their travel experience.

We received a wide variety of responses from folks all over the company, ranging from enlightening to the realm of the bizarre. Some are born of a life experience where the superpower would come in handy on a trip, while others are just plain silly.

Take a look for yourself below:

Maximizing travel convenience

“I would choose the ability to fly, so I could visit places less traveled and see the world from a different perspective.”
Michele Gage, Product Manager II

“I would want the ability to teleport because I love everything about traveling but traveling. Also, hungover traveling is the worst – every post-wedding or post-buddy reunion Sunday I could say my goodbyes, blink and be on my couch. Everyone who’s woken up on Sunday thousands of miles away from their bed with work on Monday knows what I’m talking about.”
Owen Remeika, Senior Communications Manager

“Teleportation, is that a superpower?”
Candace Roberts, Recruiting and HR Specialist

“TELEPORT!”
Kelsey Kunde, HR Specialist

Being able to go back and fix past mistakes

“My super power would be time traveling without causing the butterfly effect. I’ll have the ability to visit and leave any time period I want.”
Lauren Smith, Facilities and Recruiting Coordinator

“Being a humanities major in college and focusing a good amount of my studies on History and the History of Art, being able to travel through time would be deeply rewarding and fascinating. I can imagine myself traveling to great periods of artistic production such as the Renaissance, and after all, wouldn’t it be nice to know the winning lotto number for that next big jackpot?”
Christopher Kerr, Business Development Representative

Maximizing productivity


“I’d take duplication. There’s not enough time in a day to get everything done. I would have one copy of myself do work while another does my shopping and another gets the workout in.”
Shelly Spencer, Human Resources Business Specialist

“I would love the ability to stop time! Remember that awful 80s tv show “Out of This World?” It was mainly geared towards girls so you might not know it… Anyways, she could stop time and then unfreeze anyone she wanted by just touching them on the arm. That’s what I want!”
Angela Schenone, Manager, Human Resources

Never suffering from the fatigue of being on the road

“I would choose Wolverine’s rapid healing ability so that I’d never miss a shift in hockey. Hopefully, that would also cover my emotions because answering this question made me feel like a big nerd.”
Mark Smith, Program Manager, Knowledge Management

Never getting lost and having to ask for directions

“My super power would be to always have the correct answer to any question asked. No, I haven’t thought about the repercussions of getting bored.”
Scott Cruse, Noc Manager

Avoiding travel horrors and perilous doomsday scenarios

“I would want the ability to turn off my sense of smell while riding on airplanes.”
Amy Higgins, Director of Content

“I’d have the ability to prevent natural disasters before they happen. Unfortunately for me, day 2 of my Japan vacation ended up being the fourth largest earthquake in the history of the world.”
Jackie Miehls, Chief of Staff

“I would like the ability to eat shellfish. I can’t handle it right now.”
Tim Lawler, Senior Director, Demand Generation

Wishing you could still blast off to space with Ziggy Stardust

“I’d like to have the power to heal all illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, etc.”
Joan Lim, Product Marketing Manager

Singing for your supper?

“I would choose the ability to sing like rock legend Ronnie James Dio, because everyone would give me free accommodations. Just as long as I don’t have to be 5’4” like Dio. Although, now that I think about it the extra legroom on flights would be a plus.”
Julian Quisquater, Content Marketing Manager

Never having to expense a meal again

“I would definitely choose the power to make food magically appear on demand, which means I would start “Free Burrito Friday” every Friday here on out. You are welcome burrito lovers of the world.”
Marena O’Leary, Business Development Representative

As you can see, there are so many areas in which your travel can be simplified with the use of a superpower, but sadly we don’t live in the realm of fiction. Thankfully, many of these concerns can be addressed by providing an all-in-one platform for employee spend. You may even be hailed as a superhero once its all said and done.

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James Deem

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