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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Working and Travel

I am expected to travel in my position as a Product Specialist. It sounded wonderful when I was hired in 1997. In fact my job description required 40% travel (a bit of an exaggeration). I was single (living with now DH) and had no children. After having my DD almost 6 yrs. ago I took her on a couple of business trips, I took along my sister once and my mother once (free nanny services). I found that that didn't work very well, I couldn't really concentrate on work and didn't like to leave them sitting in a hotel room!

Truthfully, after 9-11 the travel budgets were cut, so much of the non-essential travel was avoided for a couple of years. During that time I did little traveling, which was a bit of a relief to me (not that I am saying anything good came from 9-11!)!

I have tried my best to keep all my trips to just 1 night ( or even fly out and back in the same day, but that is exhausting) over the past 5.5 years, but a few times have been gone 2 nights (never 3, knock on wood). I do believe that limiting my travel has not been good for my career. There have been trade shows that I should've gone to, but a co-worker was sent instead; but being a working mom means that sacrifices have to be made in all aspects of life.
My traveling is often sporatic and unpredictable which makes it even harder. This year I have been on approx. 5-6 trips which is a little more than typical (but what is typical?). I think this will slow down now that summer is here. I am ready for some fun family travel!

My DH loves our kids and does great with them. It is probably harder on me than on the kids!
However his work suffers when I am gone since he does both drop off and pick up, but we make it work.

I guess I have to try to look at the good side, I do get a well deserved break and a quiet evening in a hotel room when I am away (though it is lonely). Just so that it is not too often!

RM

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