The constant among the fraternity of FT members can be summed up in one obvious word: TRAVEL. Some of the most enlightening threads involve getting lost on runaway-trains of thought about that uniting concept. Yesterday over a four-hour period, members ruminated over the highs and lows of frequent business travel in the thread “Just Offered a Job that Requires Lots of Travel.”
It was FT member cudalord who said, “I was recently offered a job that requires me to air travel 3-5 days per week. I have traveled internationally, and to many nationwide destinations, but never ongoing for work. I want your feedback as to the pros and cons of traveling all the time. I have a girlfriend (she is supportive of the job), but no kids or any other obligations except for my house which I own.”
And that’s when FT members weighed in. The comments read like those Russian dolls with ideas within ideas.
From looking through the highlights, we’ve put together the top 9 reasons why you shouldn’t travel for work. And the one reason you should.
1. 150 nights in a hotel room will make you miss home. (silver-tls)
2. You may not be going to Paris, but Cowtown USA. (newyorkgeorge)
3. You’ll think about paying your mortgage, but not living at home. (silver-tls)
4. Most hotels have simple gyms, some hotels have full gyms. But finding the time to use them will be a challenge. (RCyyz)
5. You’ll miss out on a lot of things in your hometown, things you do with your loved one. (silver-tls)
6. Lots of business dinners and no home cooking. (Segments)
7. Six words: George Clooney, Up In the Air. (RCyyz)
8. You’ll go from one hotel that looks like any other to a conference room that looks like any other. (gfunkdave)
9. More often than not your view from the hotel will offer a stunning look at a highway. Or an oil refinery. Or a parking lot. Or a brick wall. (RCyyz)
AND THE ONE PRO:
The worst day traveling is 10x better than the best day spent in a cube. (brendog)
Jet-legged Road Warriors, what would you do?