The 1 Pro and 9 Cons of Frequent Business Travel

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.

CONS:

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?

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  • ecomama at 11:05am November 12, 2012

    More Pros:
    No one said all the points you rack up to do pleasure travel??

    Interesting people you will meet.

    If international travel–triple the interesting people, culture, food, etc.

    Personal growth–travel challenges you in a way that daily life at home does not.

    I could go on and on re the virtues of travel, but it’s probably too corny for FT.

    Depending on destination(s), I see way more pros than cons if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity. You can always change jobs if it gets to be too much.

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