Traveling for work- need pros and cons.

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Hi- I am considering a new job that requires travel Monday thru Thursday and I would like to hear from those that have experience with lots of travel and small kids. Please no judgement on anyone who choses this lifestyle.

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It will be more money and a good career move. If I stay (location) where I am the jobs are very limited and I will make roughly half of travel job and I will not be fulfilled mentally. I will be flying constantly. My other option is to relocate but I have not had any companies get back to me yet and we will leave a large support system by relocating.

April - posted on 08/26/2009

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I worked for a company at one time, that flew me all over the US, they wore me down and it was all commission. Depending on the company, they aren't giving you credit for the time you drive to the airport, wait for the flight (and now you have to be at the airport a couple hours ahead.) That took 3 hour each way. There was 6 hours before anything else. Are you going to have to fly?

Melissa - posted on 08/26/2009

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What do you like about this job. Is it the money? Is it a good career move that could lead to more opportunity? If there is something similar that would not require travel I think that would be your best bet. I have a job that only requires me to travel 3-4 times a year for 4-5 days at a time. I decided to give up another job that paid a lot more but also would have required me to be away from home a lot more. I felt it was a sacrifice, but I did it for my son. He will appreciate that when he gets older and he is too small now to understand why his mommy is gone all the time. The best gift we can give our children is our time. Good luck with your decision!

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My husband will be primary with girls but will have lots of back up (his mom and aunts as well as potentially a live-in housekeeper). I don't expect it to be easy but I think in the long run it will be good. I can sacrifice my career to stay home but that will not be good for my well being and I want to teach my girls that they are the ones who decide what they get out of life. This also won't be a position that lasts for many years- I expect it will be 2-3 years and then we relocate to a more permanent position.

User - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hi- I travel back and forth 1 hr 45 min daily. I didnt think that it would affect me as much as it has! I am depressed all of the time because I get home so late and miss everything with my kids. They are home with my husband, who is a big support. But, you can never get that time back; so make sure that it is really what you want and that it is worth it.

Cybil - posted on 08/17/2009

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first question.... who are you leaving your child(ren) with when you travel? i travel alot for work and im gone 4-8 days at a time.. but i live with my inlaws.. so i have them and my husband to hlep wtach the kids while im gone. the first thing is that you need a turstworthy person watching them. then you plan things out.. write out the childs routine when and what they eat drink and do at certain times. that will change with other ppl but it gives them a guideline to go by. then make sure that that person knows where all the childs things are and make sure to organise everything so its easy to find. the child may cry or ask for you for the first coupld days but after that they get used to it and are over the moon when mommy comes home. just make sure you have lots of activities plan and a regular routine for them to follow.. then they wont feel that when mommy is gone everything changes. thats a major key point. good luck!!

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