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Old 03-09-2011, 10:51 PM   #41
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I did ~50% travel for about 2 years: one week there (Sun-Friday), one week working from home. Skype and Netflix helped while on the road and working from home helped with the accumulating chores.

I actually liked the mid-size and smaller cities. I'd try a different hotel each time until I exhausted the choices and then try some local B&Bs (they're very grateful in the off-season). The fancy hotels would also lower their rates in the off-season.

The only downside was flying to the east coast in the winter. I'd often get stuck in an airport or a flight would be canceled.

All in all, it was enjoyable and the perks can't be beat.
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:20 AM   #42
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:38 PM   #43
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I've recently been offered a position that will pay considerably more than my current job. The amount is enough that it could/should significantly shorten the years between now and ER. The downside is that it involves about 50% travel. I am only asked to travel about 5% now and, while it is tolerable, I can imagine that 50% gets old fast.

Do any of you travel for work this much? Do you find it intolerable? How do you cope?

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So it's a few years since posting this item and I am happy to say that I took the job, am doing the travel and have never been happier at work! Thanks you all for the input and encouragement!
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:59 PM   #44
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So it's a few years since posting this item and I am happy to say that I took the job, am doing the travel and have never been happier at work! Thanks you all for the input and encouragement!
So glad to hear that it's working out so well for you.

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #45
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4.5 million miles on NW Airlines alone. Another 1 million on Delta.

Spent 30+ years living/working/commuting through Asia/Japan/Europe from the East Coast. 90% travel; home for holidays. DW got to travel with me.

Our company was extremely generous to us travellers....lived like a king with first class flights/hotels/restaurants/drivers for all that time!

It is the ONLY thing I miss about not w*rking!
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:06 PM   #46
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Good advice and stories all!
My situation is that I will be able to "work from home" when I am not on the road, which I anticipate may be 50%. I plan to continue my negotiations/interview in order to better frame just how much travel this will entail. Also, the travel is all conus - from the East Coast, where I live to the West. Thanks everytone. I will let you all know how it ends! E.G.
I have a similar situation with 50% travel and work from home the rest of the time. It is not too bad. The one thing that I have to manage is keeping the travel down to 50%. The people I work with have offices in various locations and I have no office. It is easy for them to collectively arrange meetings and such that would cause me to travel every single.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #47
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I am a road warrior. Travel about 60-70% of the time. This is how my month is shaping up: Flew out Monday, got home last night at 11PM, took today off and took my kid on a girls trip for a day and a half (guilt), home tomorrow, fly out Sunday night, back home Friday night at 10ish, fly out again the following Tuesday. This is better than what 2009-10 where for an 9 month period, I was only home for 36 hours a week. Have tons of points/miles, we use them to travel as a family, BUT when vacation rolls around, I dont want to go anywhere (go anyway). Never get to experience the cities I travel to either, which sucks. In 2010 I was in Jacksonville for 6 months and NEVER saw the beach. I miss my kid the most, but I kind of like it....
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Spent a few years in Europe traveling 3 to 4 days per week, it did get old but it made sense for me with my career and with my family at the time. Wouldn't have liked to have done this when the kids were smaller. Got to see a lot of interesting places but the travel did wear on me, this was before 9/11 so traveling was easier then. Now, I do all I can to avoid going on a plane. Good luck with your decision, you didn't say how long you thought this job would last in the original post, haven't read all the others.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:33 AM   #49
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Been on the road at Mega corp for 32+ years. I haven't been to the home office since Aug '09 - that's the bright side. I average about 175 nights in hotels, drive about 60k and fly the rest. Fortunately I make my own schedule and travel arrangements- in violation of corp policy ( I'm FI )
Another bright side is that my DW retired (or quit) last year and now make select trips with me. We also travel quite a bit on vacation to enjoy the perks, points and freebies associated with the travel all year.
Sooner or later this will end and we'll make the transition to retirement. Not for everybody but the road warrior lifestyle has worked out. Beside's if I worked in an office I'd get myself fired in short order.
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