(Closed) Frequent travel careers

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I work for an airline.  I haven’t even been here a year,  My position requires travel to about 15 different airports 1-2 times a year, for 10/12 months.  I am gone about 5-10 days a month.  I am home for holidays and weekends and also make my own travel schedule.  I am very fortunate.    I dont mind the time away.  Yes I miss him, but I am even happier to see him when I come home.  I don’t know what the future holds.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m a wildlife biologist who does a ton of field work.  We have projects all over a multi-state area (and these are Rocky Mountain states, so picture the entire Atlantic seaboard!).  I travel for most of time March or April through September (into October sometimes).  Often I’m gone Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon, but for farther away projects, I’ve been sent to a project area for 2-4 weeks at a time.

At times it SUUUUCKS, but it’s very tough to find a job in my field and it pays well so I’m pretty appreciative for it.  It’s also pretty interesting to get to see a lot of the country for work (and get paid to drive, hell yeah!).  I definitely can’t do this forever though – we want to have kids in a couple years and that just wouldn’t work.

We’ve been together for >10 years but have spent a lot of time traveling and working apart, so we are used to not coming home to each other for days, weeks, or months at a time.  It makes the time together even more special.  I do feel badly though, because it’s always harder to be the one left behind rather than the one off doing something different.  The one behind misses the other more  :/  Then again, he gets to sleep in our nice little bed in our nice little house.

Anyway, that’s my story!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been an IT feild engineer for about 8 years, and I travel about 30% of the time but it’s not all nicely distibuted like 1 week on the road then 3 weeks home… sometimes I don’t travel at all for months, then I’ll be gone for a month or more (sometimes hitting 3 or 4 cities in that time).  DH has recently started a job as an IT consultant so he travels about once a month, usually for a week.

We’re obviously happier when we are both home (especially since we both telecommute when we’re not traveling), and we love being near each other, but we realize that we’re being paid to do our jobs and sometimes those jobs will take us away from where we want to be.  The trade-off of being able to work from home is worth the periods of separation, especially when I factor in my salary and my job security.

FWIW I see myself keeping this job for as long as they’ll have me, although Darling Husband is looking for a new job, which has far more to do with the specific consultancy firm where he works than it does with the travel.  I enjoy the time I spend in the feild, because it keeps the job “fresh” and gives me a change of scenery, although traveling for business is usually quite boring.  Even in cities I love, like Chicago and San Francicso, when I’m there for work I usually don’t see much other than the hotel and the client site, and more often, I end up somewhere not so exciting, like central Florida or the NJ suburbs. Traveling with Darling Husband is definitely a lot more fun.

We make time to talk on the phone every day at some point, usually at night but with time zones and all, sometimes it’s first thing in the morning.  I do my best to not let a day go by without spending a little time with Darling Husband.  It also helps that Darling Husband used to work for the same company as I currently do, so he knew what my job was like before we even started dating even though he never actually had the same job; he has a high tolerance for my last-minute unexpected travels and I have a high tolerance for his late-night remote work sessions, since I know what an IT consultant does.  We also have a lot of trust, and neither of us worries about the other getting too flirty at the hotel bar when out of town; it’s just not something he or I would ever do, so it’s not a sore spot in our relationship.

Also FWIW because my employer allows me to keep my airline miles and hotel points, we take extravagant vacations twice a year, and short getaways whenever we can; there’s no way we could afford first class airfare to Australia if we had to pay from our pockets, but with our points and miles, we’ve had some fantastic travels.  So when the separation gets difficult, we remind ourselves of that little perk 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Yeah, being secure in our relationship is definitely essential.  My single coworkers have a hard time dating since we travel so much, but Fiance and I keep an eye on the long game and know that we’re in it for life.  So weeks apart here and there (or all the freaking time) are doable for now…

What kind of fields are you interested in, @MariaW:  ?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I will say, I’m outnumbered in my feild. Of our team of 106 engineers in the US, I’m the only girl, and we’re around 220 globally and I think there’s 2 other women.  We work closely with account managers, who also travel; they travel more frequently but generally short 1-2 day trips, and while I don’t have the headcounts, I do know that the account managers are mostly women.  I am used to being outnumbered, though, as IT is a heavily male-dominated feild, at least when it comes to actual technical hands-on work as opposed to project management or account management.  Some of my customers are, frankly, quite surprised when a woman shows up on their doorsteps, and while I’ve not really felt that I’ve had to prove myself to them, I think if I didn’t have a really strong skillset, that might be a different story.

In terms of the airlines and hotels, most of the business travelers I see are male.  Because I travel so often, I have high status with the airlines and often get free upgrades; usually I’m the only female in First Class, and I can’t remember a single flight where the women up there outnumbered the men.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I work construction Admin.  I work on the job site itself and not in the branch office.

The project that I am currently working on is a 10hr drive from home.  I live on camp and I am about 1hr drive from the closest town.  I work 21-7 rotation.  So I am working for 21 days and home for 7.  Right now this job is scheduled to last 2 years, but for anyone who knows anything about construction, it never sticks to schedule.

Not only do I have a Darling Husband at home but I also have a 10 month old baby girl.  All I have to say it is so hard being gone so much.  Especially since I know that I am going to miss out on almost all of her firsts.  And it just breaks my heart.

Why do it then?  Because you get paid alot more when you are living away from family and you give up your lives to work.  I understand money isn’t everything.  But in the next 2 years between what I am making here and the little that is left over from the husbands pay I will have all of our debt paid off, a nice downpayment on a house, and then even enough left over for a dream vacation.

How long do I plan to do this?  I am going to at least do this project and then probably another one that way we have a good chunk of change in our retirement fund.  I haven’t really planned that far ahead of the next 2 years.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I travel a lot for my job in event marketing. I have been in this field for 8 years. I typically travel 2 times/month for anywhere from 2-5 days at a time and I go all over the US and occasionally internationally.

My husband also travels for work. Usually 2 times/month and they’re mostly 1-night trips.

Honestly, we LOVE traveling and getting a few days break from eachother every once and a while. It keeps things interesting and makes us look forward to being toghether. It also gives both of us some alone time in our house…can you say Bravo marathon and a great, uninterrupted night sleep??? 

We were semi-long distance for 7 years before we got married, so we are used to being independent and have our own interests, friends, and hobbies, so overall it doesn’t really effect us too much.

The only thing that stinks is trying to plan family gatherings or plans with friends. But everyone is very understanding of our situation and they understand when one of us can’t make an event or has to cancel last minute.

I love my career! For a while, I thought I would probably quit when we had kids and I would do something that had more flexible hours and no travel, but thinking about that now just makes me anxious. I think I would get bored very quickly and Darling Husband and I would probably get very annoyed with eachother if we never got a break.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I travel a lot for my job. I do a lot of field research in public health and development economics. Typically I do about 3 or 4 trips a year of 3 – 4 weeks in length. It’s really hard now that I’m married — I don’t like being away from my husband (he never travels for work). The travel will be slowing down a lot this year, which is both good and bad — more time with Darling Husband, but more time stuck in the boring old office. When I do travel, I am often in remote locations without access to internet or phone for long stretches…I just have to send emails when I get the chance.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

consultant! travel varies, but the company pays to fly you home every weekend OR fly you/someone else for the price it would have been to fly you home. So if I’m somewhere cool, they’ll fly SO out, or if someone else is somewhere cool I can do a weekend there. Friends have done weekend jaunts to Europe or Mexico when flights were cheap and the client was a relatively pricy flight away.

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