Can I learn to like traveling for work?
August 6, 2013 8:38 AM Subscribe
Help me decide if flying out-and-back every week for work will desensitize me to the million little things I dislike about traveling.
posted by slenderloris to work & money (28 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am a requirements analyst at an IT company. Although I really like my current job and the company in general, I've been in the position for 6 years, and pretty much the only next step there is for me to start managing a team of other analysts. I don't really want to do that, so I'm interested in other opportunities. My company is large enough to have an internal consulting department, and I now have the chance to apply for a 3-month program in this department that will train me to be an implementation consultant. I've been told by a number of people that I'd be good in this particular role, and said role is in high demand, especially in our locations outside the U.S. I'd likely have the opportunity to relocate to a foreign country on the company dime within the next 10 years or so, which is something that my soon-to-be-husband and I would both love.
My big hesitation is that after the training program is over, I'd have to start traveling 80% or more. I imagine my first assignment would be with only one client, but I'd still have to go on site an average of 4 out of 5 weeks, typically on a Monday morning - Thursday night schedule. In my current role, I travel maybe 1-3 times a year, and I don't particularly enjoy it. I do like seeing new places and working with clients in their own environments, but I hate all the little stresses and anxieties of actually getting there --- airport parking, flight delays, packing, car rentals, driving in an unfamiliar place, realizing you forgot your cell phone charger, trying to finish a slide deck on your laptop when the guy in front of you just reclined his seat, etc. etc. However, I know that tons of people do this schedule 50 out of 52 weeks and they can't all be natural-born travelers, so I'm wondering if I'd become desensitized to those things if I did it all the time.
Have you been in this situation, where you originally didn't like the process of traveling, but through experience came not to mind it so much? Or will I be begging for my old boss to take me back after the first month? If you did learn to like it, how did you do it?