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The Woes of Traveling for Work

I’ve been on a month-long hiatus from posting anything new here.  Life has just been insanely busy, especially with kids activities that had us running around 5 days out of a week.  The Boy had a great first season in soccer and he has improved so much from day one to the last game.  He had a lot of fun playing with his team and they finished the season as the league champion for his grade.  But I sure am relieved that the season has ended and we now just have swim team practices 3 times a week to contend with.  On top of that, Hubby and I have also been taking turns going out of town for work.  While the kiddos are easy to handle now that they are older, single parenting is still a tiring business.  In fact, I am sitting in my hotel room at the moment as I am rambling away typing this.

By now you surely know that I love to travel, however, I absolutely HATE traveling for work.  I’m usually miserable if you must know.  I am currently halfway through a 2-week training/business trip just outside of Atlanta.  Rather than flying me down two weeks in a row, they asked me to stay through the weekend in order to save on the airfare.  This means I’d have to be away from home for 10 whole days!  Not only does it put a lot of pressure on Hubby, I also hate missing out on all the fun year-end activities with kids at school.

Aside from missing the family while I am away, the work days tend to become extra long because where else am I gonna be.  Then, it’s onto deciding where I’d be picking up dinner from.  Don’t even get me started on food.  Eating out may be fun for the first 2-3 days, but by the end of the 5th day I was completely sick of eating out EVERY.SINGLE.MEAL!!  I just felt gross and felt like I’ve probably gained 5 pounds since I arrived.

Initially when I found out about this long business trip, I was trying to find a way to make the best of it.  To me, Atlanta is just one big crowded city and I didn’t have much desire to go explore its downtown.  Sure, there are famous attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola, the Olympic Park or the aquarium.  But I feel that it would be more fun visiting those places if I had the kids with me.  Instead, I was considering a weekend road trip to Savannah.  I’ve always been intrigued by Savannah and it seems small enough to walk around in one day.  Therefore, I made a hotel reservation and the plan was to drive there Friday night.  Fast forward to day one in Atlanta, and thunderstorms were forecasted for the entire week.  Same goes for Savannah with 100% precipitation forecasted for Saturday and Sunday.  I really didn’t want to risk driving 4 hours there only to be stuck inside all day, so I ended up cancelling the reservation.  Very disappointing indeed, especially the weather actually improved as the week went on.  😂

As the promised rain didn’t come today, I did manage to go for a 2.5 mile hike in the nearby mountain trail that is part of a national battlefield.  As for tomorrow (Sunday), guess I will finally have some time to catch up on my long neglected reading.  But next Thursday just can not come fast enough for me to go home!

(The summit. You can barely make out the Atlanta skyline in the distant.)


6 thoughts on “The Woes of Traveling for Work

  1. Aw, while I don’t travel for work myself, my boyfriend does, and he says all of these same things. He often travels to Asia, so he’s gone for two weeks at a time. It sucks! It was fun for him at first, but now it just gets old, for both of us. I can’t imagine also having kids in the mix. 😦 ❤

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    1. Oh boy, I can’t even imagine having to travel all the way to Asia for work. I can see the initial fun in doing so, but no doubt it can get old quickly with the long flights and all. Maybe you could tag along on one of his trips and make a vacation out of it?  🙂


  2. On one hand, I sometimes wish I get to travel for work but on the other hand, I’m happy I don’t have to. I guess I would love to if it meant traveling to fun cities and actually seeing the city but I sometimes tag along with my boyfriend on his trips and he never gets to do anything but work stuff 😦

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  3. I know exactly how you feel. I travel for work as well, and have for the past 5 years. My hitches last 30 days. So I am gone from home for 30 days in a row, every other month. Which means I am gone 6 months out of the year. It’s very tough. I have found that getting out and exploring helps to alleviate some of the misery. Atleast I am able to see and experience parts of the country that I never would otherwise, and get paid to do so. Hang in there, and if you ever need to vent, you now have a fellow work Traveller who understands.


    1. Thanks for your comment. I can not even imagine having to be away from home for work for 30 days at a time.
      I honestly shouldn’t even complain considering there are people like you who have to travel for work way more often!
      And I completely agree that by taking the opportunity to explore the area you are in is a great way to make
      business travel more bearable. 🙂


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