Pros and cons of travelling for work

Everyone loves a list. So I did one. Another one: it’s actually the second list I’ve published. Yeah I’m quite prolific these days.

Pros

  • Builds empathy as you get to see the people you’re working with, go for lunch etc.
  • Free alcohol. Well if you’re lucky you can expense one or two, and you might get some free if you’re flying.
  • A break from the usual routine. I mean this in the nicest possible way.
  • You get to read books! If you don’t drink too much.
  • Interesting cultures/ places. If you’re lucky. I’ve been to Copenhagen, Mumbai, Shanghai, Manchester, London. Not bad.
  • Breaks the week up. A little mid-week trip somewhere sure makes it fly by.
  • Duty free. Too many of these points now revolve around alcohol.

Cons

  • People at work talking about your trip as if it was a holiday. “Good holiday?” Grins. Laughs. Brilliant.
  • Getting fat. See alcohol point. There’s always a gym which you promise yourself you’ll go to. You won’t. But you will make the most of the breakfast buffet.
  • Time away from family. I had to go to India for two weeks last year and my four-month-old didn’t recognise me when I got back.
  • You don’t actually get to see/ do much culturally. It’s all hotels, offices and airports.
  • It’s really tiring. You think you’ll get to sleep a lot. You won’t.
  • Planes. I remember when I first flew. The excitement. The wonderment. Then I grew to full-size and I realised flying is shit.
  • Loneliness.
  • Earache. I don’t mean from flying. I mean from going away and leaving my wife to look after our daughter on her own. This is totally understandable on her part and I’d do it too if it were the other way round. (Pro tip: don’t come back from the trip complaining of the food, the hotel, being tired, anything).
  • Air miles. It’s not good for the environment man.
  • Being at work when you might not be. Read: fuck loads of emails from people thinking you’re on a jolly. It stacks up.

10–7 to the cons. If only we had the technology to support remote collaboration.

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