Post # 1
Well, it’s official, I just booked my ticket for the first of many trips back and forth to the Northwest Territories for work for the next few months. I’m going to do Commissioning and Start up of a plant my colleagues designed at a Diamond Mine, so I’ll be working 12 hour days 7 days a week up there. My first stint will be the longest at 3 weeks – but there are no cell phones and slightly shoddy internet where I will be working and living, so I will be missing my Fiance (and the Bee) while I’m gone.
I am still fairly early in my career so having to do lots of traveling is the norm – do any of you busy working bees have advice for staying in touch while working away from home?
I should add that we are pretty sure the wedding will be early fall 2012, which means I have to get planning while on the road! Eek – any advice here is definitely appreciated too!
Post # 3
Darling Husband travels every week for work (and did while we were engaged too – although we were long distance for most of that time).
Our method of staying in contact is to talk on the phone daily. Sometimes its 5 minutes, sometimes is an hour and half (and everything in between) – but we make a point to talk. If cell service sucks, maybe there is a land line up there you’ll have access to.
As far as planning, we planned our entire wedding long distance in 10 months with plenty of extra time to spare. I really don’t think it will be too bad to plan while you travel. Most of the planning for our IN wedding occured while I lived in CA and Darling Husband lived in GA. We finished planning while we lived in TX.
The biggest thing that will be helpful there is to have someone you trust you can have assist you when you are on the road. My mom and sister visited venues and vendors for me that I’d researched online and gave me that in person feedback that I couldn’t get myself. Then I made decisions based on their opinions and feedback.
Good luck and congrats!
Post # 4
My husband travels quite a bit for work. He also doesn’t have access to a phone and works long hours. On those days, we usually just text since we don’t really have the time for hour long phone calls like we used to do when we were dating. It’s tough but you can do it!
As for the planning, just try to get some things done by email. I had to plan my wedding on Sundays since I didn’t really have time because I was working 12 hour shifts myself and worked every day except Sunday.
Post # 5
I travel on a fairly regular basis for work, but never more than a week (so far). We do lots and lots of texting and usually talk on the phone at least twice a day, if even for only five minutes in the morning and at night to make sure we are both alive and well. My best advice is to use whatever resources you have to stay in touch, and heck, even write old fashioned letters to each other if that’s the only way you can. They’d be cute to look back on years from now.
Post # 6
Thanks Bees! It makes me feel so much better to know that weddings can be planned and in fact happen even during crazy hectic times!
Our worst case scenario will be that we are restricted to emails for most of the 3 weeks – there are satellite phones, I’ve just heard that is a procedure and a half to get 10 minutes with one.
We came up with a plan this weekend that I would do lots of research on the internet in the evenings and set up some venue meetings for when I’m back by email so that we can get an idea of when we’re going to set our date and pick a venue.
I just bought a giant winter parka – it makes me sweat, so it should keep me warm!
Post # 7
I travel for business, but never “off the grid” like you might be. We usually talk briefly each morning and maybe once every few days in the evening for a longer period.
He’ll be in Belgium next month for a few weeks and I don’t expect him to call at all. We’ll check in via Twitter or Facebook during that time.