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Evidence 10-10-2012 11:35 AM

Who travels a lot for work? Pros/cons?
 
So I got offered a job that requires 50-70% travel, all in the US.

Never done anything like this before....

Any insight?

bimmerfan08 10-10-2012 11:39 AM

My job requires about 30-40% travel. If you are young like me and haven't explored the world much I think you will love it like myself. It's great to see new places, try new foods, visit attractions, etc. Of course the flying portion of it is starting to get old. Lots of time in airports and on planes.

GRIFFIN 10-10-2012 11:42 AM

i travel in my mind everyday. it is great.

VaderDave 10-10-2012 11:48 AM

I never travel for work. At this point in my life it seems like a huge imposition to drive the 25 minutes it takes me to get from my main office to my satellite office in Sacramento.

KeeganB 10-10-2012 11:53 AM

I used to travel about 1-2 times a month and loved it. Of course being young; paid travel and paid meals allows for a fun experience.

ghorn 10-10-2012 11:55 AM

A really good friend of mine traveled all the time for work. He complained about never being able to keep food at his place, lol.

Wraisil 10-10-2012 11:57 AM

What type of travel to what kinds of locations? That can be a huge factor in determining the pros and cons of such an offer. My job requires anywhere from 5%-75% travel (though I average close to 5% myself) and it can be annoying but I get paid for my travel time and I'm normally in or close to a large city so I can do stuff. My brother travels 95% for his job but most of the locations are rural, he doesn't get paid for his travel time. That's a huge negative in my book for him just based on travel locations and what I consider "free work" in his travel.

A pro for lots of travel (if the company does reimbursement instead of just booking all your travel) are the points you can earn staying in hotels etc. A friend of mine will rack up about 200k pts on one hotel chain alone next for his work travel, but all those rewards pts will be in his personal account. My brother does the same thing. Personal vacations are nice when you don't have to pay for things like hotels because they are comped from the rewards you earn while working.

bimmerfan08 10-10-2012 12:07 PM

^ Good points.

My company allows me to keep the airline points, hotel points, and rental car points. Can come in handy for personal vacations.

Like I said, it's nice to eat and visit new places all on company dime while getting paid. Of course there is still plenty of company work involved, but generally when I travel, my evenings are open to exploring and relaxing.

Edit: And depending on how lenient your company is, sometimes if I fly in late enough on a weekday or during the morning of the weekday, my manager allows me to push back coming into work for that day or taking the day off entirely.

Also my I have the option of making a vacation out of my corporate travel. Say I have to go on a business trip for 3 days and it's in CA. If I want, I can take X amount of vacation days after or before those 3 days and just push my flight back to a later or earlier date. Of course the hotel and meals outside of business are my expense but it can save you the cost of an airline ticket.

robb1887 10-10-2012 12:27 PM

No responsibilities to stay, i.e. kids, pets etc. I'd do it. If its payed as stated in the above posts... screw that 95% travel unpaid travel time. I don't go sit in an airport on the weekends for my own enjoyment.

ThEnder 10-10-2012 12:32 PM

I travel about 30% and like it pretty much. What others said about destinations is a great thing to pay attention to: if you are going to big cities and interesting spots it's great to get some sightseeing and culture in around the sides of the trip, but if they have you flying out to BFE it's just going to be crappy hotels and chain retardants, no fun.

Also ask for the companies travel and expense policy, there may be a deal breaker in there.

SLVR JDM 10-10-2012 12:56 PM

Great when you are young without a family, but not at all when you have a wife and kids.

There are more cons that pros at any point though. Airports are frustrating, other travelers make you want to want to pull your hair out, eating out every meal gets old EXTREMELY fast, you're likely putting in more hours that if you don't travel....the list goes on and on.

There isn't typically a whole lot of sightseeing when you travel for work except maybe a couple hours in the evening if you're lucky, so regardless of the locale you probably won't see much of where you just landed.

The miles are nice to collect, but when you travel a lot, the last thing you want to do is get back on a plane for vacation. Coming home seems the most relaxing option.

Make no mistake, I enjoyed my time traveling during my career (every week, 4 days / week), but that was when I was new in the workforce and single, traveling with others in the same boat. We had a blast, but I wouldn't want to travel now unless they at least doubled my pay.

brew 10-10-2012 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VaderDave (Post 14802735)
I never travel for work. At this point in my life it seems like a huge imposition to drive the 25 minutes it takes me to get from my main office to my satellite office in Sacramento.

By "main office" do you mean the Tuff Shed in your back yard?

SLVR JDM 10-10-2012 01:04 PM

At this point, I consider "traveling for work" to mean actually going to the office as opposed to working from home :rofl:
Can you believe they want me coming in once / week now? The nerve. What a pain that is!

Gheybe 10-10-2012 01:09 PM

I will.

Kinda excited for it.

Seeing new stuff is always good. Plus makes it SUPER easy and fun to have affairs with women and no one finding out.

Mark M 10-10-2012 01:26 PM

Agreed with those above....traveling for work is not as exciting as it sounds. Use to travel 25% to 50% with a former company. The cons definitely are greater than the pros.

-Eating poorly
-Away from friends / family
-giving company free work on your time (uncompensated travel time)
-airport / travel frustration....delays, connections, lost luggage, etc.
-always exciting sitting at the hotel bar or dinner table alone
-chances for on-the-road hookups are not as great as you'd think

That said, I'll be on the West coast all next week doing vendor audits.

VaderDave 10-10-2012 01:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brew (Post 14802934)
By "main office" do you mean the Tuff Shed in your back yard?

It's actually a large doghouse. :(

But we just had it re-roofed!

CoconutPete 10-10-2012 01:50 PM

If you are asking on an internet forum "what is good" and "what is bad" about 50-70% travel for work then I take it you don't have any kids?

The downside would be you would only get to see your kids 30-50% of the time.

If you are young and single... go for it. I used to travel a lot for work before was a daddy. Nothing like booking a room for the weekend in Newport and them giving you the top floor of the hotel because of how many reward points you have......

ThEnder 10-10-2012 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark M (Post 14803010)
-always exciting sitting at the hotel bar or dinner table alone
-chances for on-the-road hookups are not as great as you'd think

This is true...traveling without someone else really sucks. Usually when I travel I am with a small team so there is company for meals and people to drink with after the meetings. When I have to go solo it almost always sucks.

Evidence 10-10-2012 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CoconutPete (Post 14803086)
If you are asking on an internet forum "what is good" and "what is bad" about 50-70% travel for work then I take it you don't have any kids?

The downside would be you would only get to see your kids 30-50% of the time.

If you are young and single... go for it. I used to travel a lot for work before was a daddy. Nothing like booking a room for the weekend in Newport and them giving you the top floor of the hotel because of how many reward points you have......

No I don't have kids, 27...not married


Its just right now I live 5 minutes from work....so it would be a huge change of pace

guest1008 10-10-2012 01:58 PM

Yeah, my office has a division that travels a lot. They're basically all young and single. There are some who don't wish to be, but the nature of the business means they're pretty much stuck being single whether they want to be or not.

So, if you're young and single, it can be great. If you're not both of those things, it generally sucks.


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