Travel for work

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4729 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DuckEBee:  What specifically are your fears? For me, travelling alone is no different than travelling with someone. I actually prefer to travel alone because I hate when people hold me up…lol. 

Post # 5
12870 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love work travel!!  I love to travel, so getting to do so on the company dime is even better.  I’d say just give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport and relax.  Sounds like you fly, but just not by yourself so you know the ins and outs of it.  I’ve been sent to Turkey for work and ended up there for a month, and even that was ok.  At least flying to Cali you wont have to worry about language differences and not having internet on the phone!  It’s relaxing to me to travel alone, and have alone time.  I’ve grown to like dining alone.

Post # 6
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@DuckEBee:  I travel for work infrequently, but occassionally each year. My best advice is to make sure that they have someone (either an assistant at the company or a travel agent) that can help you if there are any problems with your flights. I’ve had flights get cancelled or missed a connection and it was great to have someone outside of the situation who could take care of getting things fixed for you. You can always do that yourself with the gate agent, but it sure is nice to have. Other than that, you just have to suck it up and deal with it, honestly. You are an adult and travelling for work often comes with that. Is it fun? Usually, no, but it isn’t difficult either. Maybe there will even be a group of you flying together to the training? That would help. 

Good luck! Do not pass up a good career opportunity for a week long travel stint. You’ll regret it. 

Post # 7
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@DuckEBee:  The plane won’t crash. The pilot has a vested interest in arriving safely.

Post # 8
4729 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@DuckEBee:  Talk to your doctor. I have a friend with anxiety and she HATES to fly, her doctors gives her some meds when she has long trips for that reason. It’s hard for me to relate to that becuase I don’t deal with those problems, so I would suggest just trying to relax and remind yourself that it will all be okay. I love to travel, and do so frequently. FWIW, my dad & DH are both private pilots – and my brother is an airline pilot. I’ve had more close calls flying with them than in any commercial flight I’ve ever taken. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even been in an emergency situation in a commercial airline flight. As for your allergy, just make yourself aware of what you’re eating and keep your eppi pen with you. 

Post # 9
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@DuckEBee:  If you are nervous about the plane crashing to the point that it is keeping you from sleeping or giving you panic attacks, talk to your doctor about something to calm you down.

A lot of people are scared to fly (including my mom) and a sedative can really help ease those fears.

If you are anti-medication then find what works for you. My mom likes to sit where she can see the flight attendant. Just the look of calm on the FA’s face tells my mom that everything is going to be okay. Maybe look up stats on how safe plane travel is (safer than the freeway!) and use that as a mantra to get you through the nerves. THe key is finding what calms you down.

As for the allergies…take your own food on the plane. When you are at a restaurant, tell the server about your allergy and they can tell you what options are safe. People will do everything they can to help you find food that won’t give you a reaction because no one really wants to use an epipen on a stranger.

I fly every single week for work. If you need more work travel advice, PM me.

Post # 11
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

The odds of a plane crash are incredibly miniscule.  You’re more likely to die from stubbing your toe.

From the last five years, the death risk for passengers in the United States has been one in 45 million flight.  In other words, flying has become so reliable that a traveler could fly every day for an average of 123,000 years before being in a fatal crash

As for your health stuff, I’m sure you’re super careful in everyday life, right?  So just do that.

Traveling for work is fun!  You don’t have to wait around on other people and you can do whatever you want on your free time.  And things are paid for!  It’s great.

And really, you’re an adult with a master’s degree.  You will have to travel for work or your career will stagnate.  Look at this as an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons (no pun intended, lol).

Post # 12
632 posts
Busy bee

I’m scared of flying too but I force myself to do it every so often because I don’t want to miss out on vacations. What really helped me on a recent flight was thinking (I literally had to say this over and over in my head as we were taking off) that 3-4 million flights take off and land safely every single day. I also take gravol because it helps me sleep but this might not be a good idea if you are going to work the same day (not sure what your schedule is). I’d recommend flying on a different day than the day you start training if possible (even if it costs you a bit more for an extra night at a hotel). It will be much more stressful to get off a plane and go straight to work.

Post # 13
5767 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There is a huge difference between traveling for work for a one week training and traveling as part of your career. If it’s just one week training or a trip or two a year, you kind of have to buckle down and deal with it– an opportunity is an opportunity, and it’s just a couple of flights and a little time away from home.  The AskThePilot website is a great place to start to conquer your fear of flying. It gives technical information about the mechanics of flight without using a lot of confusing technical terms.

Fear of flying is just that: it’s fear, and it’s like being afraid of spiders or heights. It’s very rarely as bad in reality as it is in your head, and fear fades with exposure. There are definitely people who have crippling fears and phobias but for most folks, whose fear is not as extreme, it’s just a matter of putting your head down and powering through.

I would not recommend taking any medication that you don’t normally take, because all medications can have unexpected side effects and the last thing you need is to find out you are hyper-sensitive to xanax when you’re at 35,000 feet. I would also not recommend drinking a ton of booze on your flight or before it. Not only can you be denied boarding if you’re drunk, alcohol’s effects are a lot more intense at altitude (you feel a lot drunker) and it dehydrates you, so you land feeling just horrible.

Now if your job is likely to have a lot of travel, that can be a real lifestyle change and not everyone is cut out for that. I travel regularly for work. I love the actual act of flying and I love exploring new locations. But I rarely get any actual exploring done, no matter where i am– between work events and generally being burned out from working all day, I often don’t venture futher than the hotel restaurant. It can get lonely and it definitely gets boring. But it’s not all bad– I love my airline miles– I do have to be a lot more organized with my at-home time, and I have to plan my social calendar carefully to avoid conflicts. So you might have to really consider the overall picture. I know a lot of people who travel for work and the divorce rate is very high, but so is the rate of stupidly happily married people— just saying not everyone is cut out for it, and it’s a change that impacts you and those around you as well.

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