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Old 03-11-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Back To Colorado Or Into Wyoming In 2019
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I only had one job where I had to travel (by air) one time. I was a Relief Salesman during one summer and flew to AZ for a week. It was ok, but missed being home in the evenings quite a bit (was married at the time). Other than that job, never wanted a "travel" type job at all......just not my thing no matter what the salary was.

My wife accepted a job backi in '08 and had to fly to Michigan three times for training (a week/half each). We were lucky 'cause I was unemployed at the time and went with her all three times. Even though it was for training, we spent three weekends visiting some of wife's relatives and drove down to Indiana to where I was raised. She wouldn't do it again though.

I know a guy in another C-D Forum who travels a lot and even stated that he doesn't know what the area really looks like where they moved to.....he's gone that much. And, he's married with a couple of small kids.

The only way I'd even consider any kind of travel at all with a company is if I was single. Again, don't care about the salary, I'm just an 8-5 (or 7-3:30) type dude who likes (no, LOVES) being home with my wife! Heck, I don't even like working weekends......period! I'm unemployed right now and headed for early retirement (SS), so won't have to think about travel working weekends anyway.

I know there are wives/husbands (and boyfriends/girlfriends) that have no problem at all with their wife/hubby/boy-girlfriend traveling. Then there are the ones who hate it, but won't say anything (or much of anything) due to the income it brings to the person traveling. OTR drivers are gone quite a bit and I've heard some ladies complaining about that, but then again, I've heard other ladies who seem to VERY GLAD their husband is gone a lot. Interesting, hugh?

So, would you take a job that requires you to travel some-to-a lot??
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:41 AM
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Location: Decatur, GA
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I would, have, and do take jobs that require traveling. I'm currently at 30-40% travel. Since you said salary is not a concern for you my situation doesn't apply. The only way I can break into the salary ranges I fit into is by accepting a job where I'll travel and interact with customers. That's a lie - I could also be a technical guru and chief scientist/engineer type - but I'm only 28.

My wife doesn't particularly hate it, but she can get frustrated if I'm gone a whole week, which is rare however.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I hired on with my present employer to be a station rep. At most I would be traveling less than 5 percent of the time. A few weeks after I hired on, they announced they were closing the station. My choices were to either start traveling or look for a new job. I chose to travel. I usually am away from home 3 to 4 months at a time. When I do get home, it is only for a few days then right back out on the road.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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Lots of us here have jobs that travel alot. Just go to the travel subforum. I am at about 20% travel - usually to a foreign destination. For me that is perfect - by the time I am sick of working in the office (or, in one place, since I work from home) and ready to get out, I have a trip planned.

I did a job that was 50% + travel. Now that was too much, and at that point you feel you have no life.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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My current job I do up to 50% travel. I don't mind it-- I get to network, go to interesting places and work with people in their own environments in our offices across the country and world.. literally.

I am not married but my mother lives with me. I miss everyone (pets, friends, mom, and family) sometimes but I think it is great to be out there and independent. Personally, I get very antsy if I am in the same place for too long.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:06 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Before I was married I had a job where I traveled 90% of the time. Did that for about 3 years. It was great. Wouldn't even consider it now.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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I'd do it if it were the only option versus becoming homeless, or if it were somehow the dreamest job of all time (unlikely).
I dislike flying (physically) and my house and dogs are very iportant to me emotionally. I sure wouldn't look to a travel job.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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I love traveling but can't stand flying. Not afraid of it, but the way people act on a plane now have turned them into flying Greyhound buses.

Flying used to be an enjoyable experience.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Back To Colorado Or Into Wyoming In 2019
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I took a Greyhound bus from Calif to Indiana back in the late 90's and it was ok, not terrific by any sort of imagination, but ok. Some people who travel by bus REALLY have oral hygiene and b/o problems!!

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I love traveling but can't stand flying. Not afraid of it, but the way people act on a plane now have turned them into flying Greyhound buses.

Flying used to be an enjoyable experience.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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No, I have no desire to travel.
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