Three weeks of travel can certainly throw you for a loop. One one hand, I was able to attend two conferences and attend a brand event, so business-wise, they were good trips. On the other hand, I’m internally off-balance after traveling three weeks in a row.
Good and bad. There were plenty of good things about these trips and I don’t regret for a second going on any of them. But, as is true with much in life, with the good comes the bad.
- I was very lucky to have been able to take my family along for both conferences. Though I was mostly attending the conferences, I did get to see them in the mornings and nights. This helped ease the “miss you” moments for both the kids and myself.
- I was able to meet new people, have great conversations, and learn from all three trips.
- I had time to reflect on several things and take advantage of some quiet time to be able to just think.
- I was able to learn more about this brand and find ways we can possibly work together in the future.
- I came home from the most recent trip feeling more calm and full of ideas, rather than feeling just tired. I’m still tired, but the feeling was lessened.
- My routine was thrown off and is still off.
- I’m still catching up on work.
- My family missed me, and I missed them.
- My daughter, in particular, was affected by the most recent trip and shed some tears in class because she missed me.
- My head is spinning a bit from being in many places within such a short time, but in a good kind of way.
None of this is extreme or unmanageable. My girl’s classroom situation really affected me the day I received notice from her teacher. But, after talking with her about it and thinking it through, I realized that at least she was able to express her thoughts. I explained to her that it’s absolutely normal to feel that way and that I too missed her. She also realizes these trips are part of my work and describes them as such. I feel it’s good for her to see this side of me in addition to the other roles she sees me play at home.
There are months where I go without any travel, so in the end, all things even out. How do you balance out the good and the bad of business travel?
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