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Old 10-10-2012, 06:25 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #22
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Its way more tiring than you think, and will wear you down if you travel too much.

the exposure to meet different people, visit places you normally wouldn't is awesome.

solo dinner does suck, but most fairly busy hotels will have interesting people at the bar (if the hotel has a bar).

last year i probably went out of town about 12 weeks or so.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:11 PM   #23
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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.
It also depends what you're traveling for. I do my "work" at my office and, when I'm on the road, it's marketing and entertaining. When my time on the road ends up being hanging out with cool people in a high end restaurant, eating well, and having a few drinks, it's not so bad.

I've got several friends who are auditors though. Many of them hate it. If I wasn't entertaining people on someone else's dollar, I'd have a much different view of traveling.
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I don't see what is ridiculous by robbing with a sword.A sword in one od the most lethal wepon !!!

It's more easy to kill with a sword than with a gun.

A sword is more frightening than toy-looking gun like glock.

robbing with a sword is a good thing
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #24
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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.
Traveling alone is "meh." Traveling with someone is either GREAT or AWFUL.

I'm good friends with my boss, so it's a ton of fun traveling. At my last company, my boss would an intolerable ass and I dreaded even being in the same room as him...nevermind on the road.
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I don't see what is ridiculous by robbing with a sword.A sword in one od the most lethal wepon !!!

It's more easy to kill with a sword than with a gun.

A sword is more frightening than toy-looking gun like glock.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:25 PM   #25
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I'm looking forward to some business travel with my new job
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #26
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If you travel it takes you away from your things you are most interested in such as for me:

cycling with friends
working on my cars in my own garage
solid relationship with a cool chick
watching sports over beers with friends during the week
staying on top of rental homes during the week so my weekends are still free

Think about your hobbies and other personal items like mail, bills laundry and other such bs and now start thinking of always having to deal with that crap on Sat or Sunday sometime before having to hit the road again Sunday evening or Monday morning 7 am flight. It will turn your weekend into a one night event.

Also, depending on the city you live in there can be up to 20 to 30 percent of the time your flight back on Friday could be hacked up with delays and such so you end up getting home well after 6 or 7pm on Friday night.

I've lived on the road for a 3 year stint and another tour closer to 18 months so hit me up if you have any specific questions in PM.

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Old 10-10-2012, 10:03 PM   #27
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I used to travel mostly back and forth from MN to Puerto Rico 50% when I was single and it was cool for about 6 months, after that it started to suck. I have to admit I had some good times and met some people that I still keep in touch with, but I wouldn't do it again unless my pay was doubled. The whole airport/hotel/rental car thing starts to be a huge hassle and being away is a good way to put distance between you and the friends/family you actually want to hang out with.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:19 PM   #28
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:58 PM   #29
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What are some of your jobs/companies you guys work for that have that much travel? I think it has more to do with the job and company than where you are going.
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What are some of your jobs/companies you guys work for that have that much travel? I think it has more to do with the job and company than where you are going.

I'm a product development engineer for my company. Most of the time when I'm traveling it's to:

A. Provide technical support for our sales group when meeting with customers
B. Meet with customer's technical groups and engineers to discuss new business
C. Attend and provide technical support for my products at the customer's facilities
D. Attend tradeshows, expos, seminars, etc.
E. Attend corporate meetings and conferences
F. Conduct testing and studies at supplier and/or university laboratories
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:23 AM   #31
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My last job, I had the opportunity to travel once a month. I was always asked to go first but I dont have to and can defer it to another coworker. I enjoyed it especially when it's international travel. I get to meet other teammates from around the world and nation wide. All expense paid for by the company. Once a month is cool, I can't imagine traveling more than that.
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cool....thanks for all the info
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cool....thanks for all the info
What will you be doing for work?
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****, I already do this stuff without getting paid. It'd be great to have a job traveling on someone else's dime.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:44 PM   #35
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****, I already do this stuff without getting paid. It'd be great to have a job traveling on someone else's dime.
It's alright.

Coporate boondoggles are the best but are rare.
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It's alright.

Coporate boondoggles are the best but are rare.
It wasn't until I opened my own little practice and had to pay for everything myself that I started to look back on some of the corporate events I went to in the past and realized how expensive they must have been.
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It wasn't until I opened my own little practice and had to pay for everything myself that I started to look back on some of the corporate events I went to in the past and realized how expensive they must have been.
I've overheard a few times just how expensive the company's bar tab is at these functions. Probably enough for my college buddies and I to drink for a few years on end.

It can get pricey quick.
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I've overheard a few times just how expensive the company's bar tab is at these functions. Probably enough for my college buddies and I to drink for a few years on end.

It can get pricey quick.
I have had many nights entertaining partners and clients where the tab was well in excess of $1K for just a handful of people. Dining and drinking on someone else's dime is always nice
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I start a new job monday, I may have to do some travelling to remote locations like China and Russia. Kinda excited!
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It wasn't until I opened my own little practice and had to pay for everything myself that I started to look back on some of the corporate events I went to in the past and realized how expensive they must have been.
But hey, it's all deductible, it's your responsibility to run up that tab!
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