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11-26-2007 06:45 PM  9 years agoPost 1
SSN Pru

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Who does it and how do you feel about it? More importantly, how does your spouse, if you have one, feel about it?

I am starting to have to travel more and more for my job. The distances aren't long but they are on the borderline of driving/flying time wise. My managers keep giving me a weeks notice for these events and I think it's short notice but I also can't say no.

Do you guys think 1 week is short notice?

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11-26-2007 06:58 PM  9 years agoPost 2
SteveH

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I'm retired now, but I did it for many years, and didn't have but minutes notice sometimes. The more I did it, the more it sucked. Got to the point that I hated it. Sometimes was gone for weeks at a time.

The government cannot give you anything without first taking it from someone else.

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11-26-2007 07:13 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Crashr30

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I do

I travel mostly by plane though I drive to a few of my stores. I travel alot more than what was represented in the interview. I can say that the wife has gotten use to it over the years as one of us has always traveled. She stays local now and only travels a few times a year. It is different for every spouse. If she is happy with where she lives and has friends and things to do, then she will get used to it. If there is a no to any of the above then it could be rough. It was for us when we moved out of Texas.

As for me, well I am sick of it. I like to travel by car but I mostly travel by plane and I hate the airports and the delays. My company seems to go out of the way to make it more difficult if they can. Strange and not very cost effective but that's the way that it is. As for notice if your jobs requires travel then you can expect short notice from time to time. If it is every week then your manager needs to try and reevaluate his process for scheduling as 1 week can be to quick for all parties involved.

Don't know if that helps.

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11-26-2007 07:23 PM  9 years agoPost 4
sincity

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I used to travel at my last job. I loved it at first, then we had our first baby. As soon as he was saying over the phone that he missed me, I was done. Started looking for something close. Wife couldn't handle it now with 3 kids all under 4 years old. I'm heading to Dallas in December for 12 days of training and I hope my house is still standing when I return!

Riding the gravy train now and loving it! Travel only when I want to and it's typically for training or seminars.

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11-26-2007 08:01 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Leif

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I have done a fair bit of business travel over the years. It does get old after a while, and is hard on a young family.

What you should do is calmly discuss travel policies with management. Make them aware that you consider excessive travelling to be an imposition and not a benefit, and that you expect compensation or equivalent time-off for travel that impacts your personal time (evenings and weekends). For many jobs the travel is mandatory, but it is often possible to negotiate compensation for excessive travel.

Leif

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11-26-2007 08:36 PM  9 years agoPost 6
AndyH

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I used to travel a lot, and it was ok if it was just for a week at a time, but when it got to be a month here or 2 months there it gets old real quick!

Now I never travel and I kinda miss it...

This hobby is like Kryptonite to chicks!

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11-26-2007 08:56 PM  9 years agoPost 7
SSN Pru

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used to travel at my last job. I loved it at first, then we had our first baby. As soon as he was saying over the phone that he missed me, I was done.
this is my primary dilema. I have a 4 month old now and I feel that it's unfair for me to leave my son with my wife. Granted, I have only been traveling usually once or so per month and so far it's only been for single overnight trips and back in two days.

I am lucky in that I get to choose to drive or fly to destinations in the northeast. My employer also compensates me for time spent traveling during off work hours. In that respect, it isnt that bad. I've been telling my wife for weeks that this event was coming. I think she was in denial. Since i started this thread, I have another trip planned further away for probably two days. So now I have to go home and tell her that I am going to be away next week and the week after for a few days each time...

the future of my position will bring global travel at some point. That should be a fun hurdle to get over...

life goes on though! Lucky enough for me we live 5 minutes from her entire family!

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11-26-2007 09:07 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Patriot

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I use to travel with work, carried a bag in the van and would travel all over the country at a moments notice, I have been doing this for 25 years, a lot less nowadays, but will still travel if asked. I lived in east Africa for 3 1/2years and travel between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania with visits to the UK and Europe. The only trouble is I get so bored with hotels now.
My Ex-wife did write on the back of my van "Mummy is Daddy dead, No he just works for Levertons"

Just smile

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11-26-2007 09:39 PM  9 years agoPost 9
GyroFreak

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I went into work one morning in Orlando Florida. Thought it was going to be a normal day, be home at 6 pm. Around noon I was in San Diego, wife not home so I couldn't tell her. Called her at 6pm Orlando time and she wanted to know when I would be home. "Gee Honey, I'm in Calif and won't be home for several weeks !" Had to buy all my cloths that I would need. So that was a pretty short notice !

Another time I got home after several weeks of bouncing around the country, wife picks me up and says, "Lets go out to dinner". After eating out for weeks all I wanted was a peanut butter sandwich and plop down in my easy chair.
I'm retired now, and I hate travel. If I have to go someplace, it better be a leisurely trip on my motorcycle.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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11-28-2007 01:24 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Yug

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I take my hat off to you folk that are accepting to endure travel for work. With modern communications, there are so many jobs that simply do not require any travel whatsoever, but so many companies do not recognise this and are happily complacent to follow the old ways.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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11-28-2007 01:45 AM  9 years agoPost 11
ppridday

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I travel all over for my job and for extended periods. I was just in Holland for 9 weeks, home for 3 weeks and now down in Louisiana for 3 weeks. I will get home for Christmas and then leave for Brazil for 4 weeks in January. It is something I have done for a long time and I guess you get used to it as a way of life. Doesn't make it good or right though and I am getting more and more tired of it. It is really crappy when I have to go offshore and the communications home are poor. It is even worse when you are in a third world scenario....

Paul

"There's someone in my head, but it's not me..."

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11-28-2007 12:45 PM  9 years agoPost 12
dick smith

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i only travel in the metro area for my work, thats enuff for me... i love being home.

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11-28-2007 04:55 PM  9 years agoPost 13
redvtr1000

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covington, GA

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I'm in the metro area with my travel now, only about 70 miles from home on a daily basis. But with traffic here, that could be a 2-5 hour drive depending on what idiot decides to screw up on the freeway. Oh, and if someone decides they want to climb on the overpass and threaten suicide it could be much longer.

I can't force myself to spend between 3-5 hours a day in the car going back and forth so I just go home on the weekends unless something special is going on. I have the chance to see my wife about 8 days out of each month. Usually ends up being less, Shi**y.

Gives me plenty of evening time for the heli though

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11-28-2007 05:06 PM  9 years agoPost 14
Dood

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Wescanson

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I tried the whole Government contractor lifestyle for the past year.

I knew, that when I took the job, I would be traveling A LOT.
If you have never received a government per diem check, its nice!

As a single guy, I was looking forward to, and very prepared to travel, and a lot of it.

My typical road assignments were 2 to 3 months on the road, 2 weeks at "home" 3 months on the road, 2 weeks at home...

I did this for a year, up until like a week before Thanksgiving.
It isnt for everyone, and it wasnt for me.
It REALLY ISNT for married people.

Oh, and it isnt for guys who want to fly RC Helicopters, either.

Eventually, you'll get to a point where you just want to sleep on your own couch in your own place every night, not some crappy hotel.

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11-28-2007 05:50 PM  9 years agoPost 15
TwistedRotor

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Eventually, you'll get to a point where you just want to sleep on your own couch in your own place every night, not some crappy hotel.
I hear that. I've been traveling for the last 7 years. It was great when I was single and it's still nice to get away from time to time but I've missed a lot of birthdays, family get togethers, and my couch.

It takes a special breed. I don't think I've even been on a trip that I didn't hear "man, I couldn't do all the traveling you guys do". But hey, I've seen the world on someone elses dime.

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11-28-2007 06:13 PM  9 years agoPost 16
RonHill

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I travel about 1 week every mth and a half.

I make my own schedule. So, I know mths in advance. I like to travel the amount I am now. But, I don't have kids.

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