Traveling Consultant Burdens

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Ever since I could remember, I have always had a love for traveling. Before my mother passed, she was interested in becoming a flight attendant. Once I received a job offer which stated my percentage of traveling, I was eager to live the dream for me and for my mother. However, traveling for work is much different than traveling for leisure. At that time, my job required me to travel from Atlanta to New York every week. Sounds fun, right? Yea, no. Allow me to explain a few reasons why.

Traveling each week for work wears you out physically. After the second month, I started having neck and back pains from sitting on a plane constantly. I found myself paying for a massage every chance I would get when I would return to Atlanta. It helped the pain temporarily but it became expensive over time to treat a pain that could have been prevented.

When I traveled each week, I hardly had time to do anything for myself. Since I was only in Atlanta from Friday to Sunday, my social life was nonexistent. When I would want to hang out with friends, I had to schedule time a week or two in advance. I also had to cram all of my errands that had to be completed during weekdays on the one day that I would be in town; Friday. It was nerve-racking.

Lastly, expectations on how work needed to be completed, when at the client's site, was unreasonable. For example, once I arrived in the office in New York on Monday morning from Atlanta, I was expected to work 12 to 14 hour days and another 2 hours shortly after midnight to collaborate with the offshore team. This would occur each day until Thursday night when I would depart from New York to Atlanta. It was the most rigorous schedule that I have ever obtained when working in corporate America.

Traveling for work on a weekly basis can be draining which is why I only lasted for three months with a job as such. If you are considering a traveling job, think of what your limits are in regards to how often you are willing to travel for work. Traveling every week could take a toll on your personal life versus traveling once or twice per month.

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Joshua Jackson