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who travels for a living?...

i have a possible job opp. where i would be traveling over 50% of the month, both nationally and occasionally internationally.

the question becomes. what effect does this have on your relationships? do you even have a woman/man? it seems to me it'd be hard to land a nice relationship, and a trusting relationship being gone that much....

i don't currently have a relationship that i'd consider continuing if i took this job and moved. (it's based in cali) so i guess my worries would be having troubles landing a woman that would want to deal with someone who is rarely there...

now that i've gone all softie , post away...

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I have nothing useful to add, I just like Fraiser too (though I get the jokes)
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I have nothing useful to add, I just like Fraiser too (though I get the jokes)
i do too, just don't tell my 'special' friends
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Travel makes things complicated.... but trust issues .... if they exist
are there whether you are there or not. If you can structure the
travel so that you can spend good time at home.... it can work as long
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It is very hard to meet someone when you are traveling a lot. I know several people who gave up their travel-heavy jobs because they wanted to be married and with all that travel they simply weren't meeting people. It is extremely hard.
That said, though, it's not impossible. I think that if you want the job and it is a good career move for you, you should go for it! Travel can be fun and rewarding-- when you're young you can handle it, and it's such a great way to see the world and develop your sense of self.

Word to the wise, though-- pick an airline and a hotel chain and stick with em religiously. It's the only way to rack up the miles and points so that if you DO meet a special lady you can fly her out for a little nookie here and there
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Your question cannot be answered.

Every relationship is different.

But, knowing that you travel a lot for business BEFORE you get into a relationship is a lot easier than suddenly being a 'virtual' boyfriend after the fact.

Plus, if its in Cali, you keep a girl there and a girl here and voila! problem solved.

I'd recommend revisiting this question when you're in a relationship and you've got issues with either that or the job.

I don't think I could cut it as a 'frequent business traveller' via airplane Post 9/11.

Good luck with the travel.

+1 on ill_ag's recommendation about the consistency of hotel and airlines!
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Easy fix, just meet women everywhere you travel to. You'll never be alone.
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Easy fix, just meet women everywhere you travel to. You'll never be alone.
Yes, you're never alone when you bring herpes everywhere you go!
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Geoff- dude, take the job. Enjoy being young while you can. You can always quit the job if you find 'that' person and need more time with them, or if you need to find time to look for that person later on.
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My cousin travels internationally for his job, one or twice every three months he will go somewhere for 2-6 weeks. He has many one night relationships. Plus, he has a dog at home that his parents take care of when he is away. He's happy.

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meh, i didnt do it. I like sleeping in my own bed, etc. etc.


I vote against it based on my lifestyle. if you are restless its good for you.

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I travel a lot for my job. it makes a relationship very tough. not so much the trust part, but the fact you are never around. If you aren't looking for something serious, traveling for work rules. It's a good excuse no to get serious in your home town. Plus you get your travel relationships. So when you are in different states/countries, you stop by and hang out. I

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My husband travels at least 75% of the year. The first day we met, he left for Scotland the following day. We have been married for 5 years and things were tough in the beginning. I had to adjust to taking care of the house, our lives, etc. But now...I miss him...but I have always been an independent, non-jealous person- we have made it work. If he is home for more than a week, I start asking "When are you leaving again?" Sorry B! (just in case he reads this post)

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I had a job quite a few years ago that required me to travel to Washington DC, Boston and Seattle. I would typically be gone for 2-3 days a week and then only work in the office 1-2 days a week so I only had a 4 day work week to make up for the traveling. The traveling itself was kind of a pain and it was really exhausting but I would always make sure I did something fun on each trip. I tried to do as much tourist stuff as possible and that's what made the trips worth it. I did it for a year but I hated being away from my daughter those few days a week so I quit.

If I were you, I would take this job in a heartbeat. Traveling is not something that everyone is lucky enough to do, especially internationally and for free. lol. Try the job out and see what you think. If it doesn't work out then you find another job but at least you tried.

Just make sure you make the most out of the travel and go out and see what each city has to offer. If you just work and stay in the hotel room you will be miserable.

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I would offer one other piece of info, based on my experience. I'm 30 and I travel just about every week, mostly domestic travel. I think this might have been slightly different if I were travelnig at 23 or 24, but in my case.... traveling is TIRING. When you travel for work you are "on" all the time. At least, you are if you care about your job. Even walking through the airport I consider myself a representative of my company and my clients, and I am always on my best behavior. When get to my destination and work, it's harder because you're not in your normal environment, there are people around watching you and, again, you have to always be just a ltitle better behaved thatn if you were in the comfort of your own office. By the time 5 o'clock comes, I am exhausted.
I rarely want to go out to eat, and I rarely drink. I have to force myself to get in exercise....and when you try to pack light to make the travel easier, running shoes are always the first thing to get left behind

You might be energetic enough to go around and party it up in every city you visit-- I know Drama is a definitely better at that than I am-- but you may very well not be able to, depending on your personality, energy level, and the job requirements. In certain places I make the effort to take advantage of the sights-- like Denver and Alaska, for example. But I swear I have been to Aberdeen Proving Ground enough times that I barely see aynthing besides the Hampton Inn and the base itself and I'm FINE with that.
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Alison is correct. you normal work day might be from 8-5 when you aren't traveling, but when you are the normal workday is 8-10 or 8-11. Then if you want to see some of the area you are visiting you have to cut into your sleep. Like when i go to singapore, I work from 9-6. Then we have a business dinner form 6:30-10. Then if I want to see some places, like bars, I have to cut into my sleep and I go out from 10-3am. Get a couple hours of sleep an i'm back at it again.

The thing that sucked for me is i got sick after every international travel I did. I love domestic travel due to the short flights, but my domestic travel is not nearly as intense as alison's.

Bottom line is it's GREAT experience and I highly recommend it. If the person you are with can't deal with you making a decision to better your lives together, she isn't the right one.

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I traveled 130 days last year. That calculates to about 50%. I'm usually gone a week out of every month. It's usually domestic, but I have traveled internationally as well. Sometimes a little more sometimes a little less. It's cool the way my boss works it though. Most of the time I have a week or 2 heads up that I'll be going on the road which is nice to make sure everything is taken care of at the home front. I have a dog as well and I'm fortunate to have family and a select few friends help out with taking care of the dog and keeping an eye on my house.

Does the job pay well? Do you get to travel to cool places? Are you single now? Traveling kicks ass and I'm enjoying the hell out of it rite now.

I'd say forget the relationship part if you are single rite now. Travel a lot and enjoy it. Rack up hotel and airline points. If a girl really likes you traveling won't make much of a difference. Who knows you may meet a really cool chick while you're traveling. I've met plenty of cool people at the airport and throughout my travels that I keep in contact with.

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Bottom line is it's GREAT experience and I highly recommend it. If the person you are with can't deal with you making a decision to better your lives together, she isn't the right one.
Agreed. Well put.
You just need to know limits and set them for yourself. For example, if this job will ALWAYS be thing much travel and you know you won't always want to do that, then make damn sure that you are getting the best training and skill set from this job that you can-- and focus on the things that will help you get a different job when you're ready.
Working for the next job is very different than working with the idea you'll be with the firm for your life. You have to strategize as best you can, with whatever info you know now, keeping in mind that your tastes/desires will change during your lifetime.

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international travel RULES!!!

that is all
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Relationships come and go. A good job or a good oppurtunity are not as easy IMO.

I wish I could travel more for my job. Internationally would be awsome.

Plus, there's no law saying you have to work there forever. You could do it for 6 months or a year or whatever, and if its not for you then move on to another job.

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I traveled 130 days last year. That calculates to about 50%.
Now I know I can't trust your "you know how many sv's you could buy for that much!" calculations, cause your math is absolutely horrible.
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Now I know I can't trust your "you know how many sv's you could buy for that much!" calculations, cause your math is absolutely horrible.
if he only traveled on weekdays or is only counting weekdays that works out:

52 weeks, 2 weekend days a week = 104

365 - 104 = 261

261 / 2 = 130.5
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I would offer one other piece of info, based on my experience. I'm 30 and I travel just about every week, mostly domestic travel. I think this might have been slightly different if I were travelnig at 23 or 24, but in my case.... traveling is TIRING. When you travel for work you are "on" all the time. At least, you are if you care about your job. Even walking through the airport I consider myself a representative of my company and my clients, and I am always on my best behavior. When get to my destination and work, it's harder because you're not in your normal environment, there are people around watching you and, again, you have to always be just a ltitle better behaved thatn if you were in the comfort of your own office. By the time 5 o'clock comes, I am exhausted.
I rarely want to go out to eat, and I rarely drink. I have to force myself to get in exercise....and when you try to pack light to make the travel easier, running shoes are always the first thing to get left behind

You might be energetic enough to go around and party it up in every city you visit-- I know Drama is a definitely better at that than I am-- but you may very well not be able to, depending on your personality, energy level, and the job requirements. In certain places I make the effort to take advantage of the sights-- like Denver and Alaska, for example. But I swear I have been to Aberdeen Proving Ground enough times that I barely see aynthing besides the Hampton Inn and the base itself and I'm FINE with that.
Listen to the above she's right on. I'm an airline pilot and spend my life on the road. I normally travel 4, 5, or 6 days a week, and may only be home 2 days sometimes times as many as 5. Relationships are difficult at best. You have to find the right person who is OK with you being going, but also someone who understands that is your limited time home you will also need to see you friends.

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Drama's a bit of a fag, but he knows his shit about his career.
ummm, thanks...i think

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Your profile says your 25. Do it. This may be your only ticket (no pun intended) to travel abroad. I've travelled to England, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and some other cool places and wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. Do it for a couple years, as you have the rest of your life to sit around a house with the same person

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