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Do y’all secretly actually enjoy the weekly travel grind? Do you fake the “ugh, gotta travel again” sigh to friends and family? Does it have to do with an odd obsession with points and status?

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i like it a lot for many of the reasons mentioned:
1) ego boost feeling important that i “have” to be somewhere and the client just has to fly me out there and pay for all my stuff
2) client flies me out and pays for all my stuff
3) points and the ability to live a lifestyle that would be otherwise difficult to maintain on my salary
4) sometimes being able to travel to cool places for work

i dislike it for other reasons:
1) not being able to go to events during the week where i live
2) difficult to meet people
3) weekly travel is exhausting, especially with flight delays
4) having to fit all my errands in on friday because stuff is closed on the weekends (doctor, etc)
5) trying to balance everything, and then having a gf who wants me to do things she likes that i might not particularly want to do, but feeling obligated to do so because i don’t spend time with her during the week, and then having even less time to do stuff i want

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Wow perfectly said

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I agree with many people that the focus on work while traveling and focus on home while home helps me.

Don’t really care about points or miles, it’s chump change compared the effort to earn. However, I personally really find that the chaos of the travel schedule actually plays to my strengths. I’m personally have bursts of productivity that happen at different times throughout the week. The chaotic schedule actual helps me because I have those random plane rides or client site encounters that are super productive, but another day/week I have times that are less productive. Being able to get my work done on my schedule while not being trapped in an office from 8-5 is something that I enjoy.

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No. I wish I was at home. I want friends and a dog and a family. And healthy relationships. I see how socially and emotionally stunted/warped people who live this lifestyle for years become and I don’t want to become that.

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D1 is right. Rereading OP’s response to D1 here is actually quite dystopian.

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I secretly enjoyed it not for the miles or the points but for the fact that everything is covered. My food, my rides, my airfare. I did find myself pretending to my girlfriend that I hated leaving every week but I love being on the road and away. I’ll admit it’s exhausting but that doesn’t mean I like it any less. I think I found myself lying because she would always be so sad and upset each week when I’d have to leave.

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Story of my life

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No, I did not secretly enjoy it. But it’s like an addiction.. now that I’ve left, I’m looking back like wow I don’t think I hated it as much as I thought I did, maybe I should go back

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This

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I fake it. Love my SO but he is messy and he snores. I love going to a clean quiet hotel room after a long day.

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Hi, honey!

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I sure as shit didn’t, when I was traveling. But now that I’m local I kind of miss it. Probably due to my project being garbage, but still....

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I love being able to tell people I can’t do things Bc or travel. They never know where I am or when I’m back. Allows me to live a double life

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I can tell you about one of them. I’m a consultant who travels for weeks at a time and can’t even come back on weekends. I have a gf am am very loyal. I don’t go out too much because I am tired from my travels when I make it back one weekend a month to home. (I can’t tell u about the other one 😈)

When I was young and single, I was in awe of the folks I met in the firm who’d been on the road for 20 plus years. 20 years later, I’m that guy, married with 2 kids. My wife has been supportive from the beginning despite being in a high profile industry role herself. She’d always remind me - it’s only 3 nights a week :) We both like our jobs and having a combined income of over 500k a year affords us every luxury. We take great vacations and she loves the suite upgrades and first class travel. Travel is a pain sometimes but the consulting career has been great for me🙏.

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I appreciate your insight. It’s always interesting to hear how busy travel schedules play out and work for families with kids. It sounds like you’ve found great enjoyment and success in your career - I hope to get to that point some day!

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I enjoy it for the points/miles. Do I dread it? Not since I now travel Monday evenings and leave Thursday early afternoon. Those early Monday AM flights killed it for me though.

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I enjoy complaining about it; I’m kinda sick that way

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If you like where you live and have things like a spouse, kids, pets, hobbies, houseplants, a favorite chair, then yes it absolutely blows to be stuck in a hotel in another city M-Th every week. From my observation, the young single people with roommates do really well with it. Almost everyone else hates it or lies until they drink enough to confess to hating it. In my opinion it’s not a normal life and it’s nothing I would choose when given a choice.

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Agreee 💯 %

The consulting workload is way easier to manage on the road. I am working from home this week and my wife is literally ready to kill me for being here but not really being here.

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Yep, I also agree here.

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I love the travel. Flex trips galore. High end hotels I would look at wantonly as a child I’m staying at now and going meh this wasn’t as nice as xyz hotel in this other city. Friends come and go I fly family out every few months to a flex trip with miles and some cash so my mom and Dad finally get to travel. Maybe in the future if I ever get married/have kids I may not enjoy it but for now it’s amazing.

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Kind of. I like the points and the status and genuinely enjoy flying. Having some alone time during the week can be nice. Remote weeks sprinkled would be more ideal though

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How did you learn to enjoy flying? Apart from flying away from the client I hate it!

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Nothing kills me like waking up for early Monday flights, only to have my dog crawl on top of me and plead with me to sleep in and cuddle him. I can’t wait for the day I no longer have to let him down like that.

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@A2 - Heartbreaking! He made the right choice

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I think I may have a problem. I don’t have an addictive personality, but shit...

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how long have you been doing it? your answer may shift as you get further along

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No it sucks. Weekly travel sucks. I say that after many many years of it. Client and work is fun but the travel grind is awful

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First world problems

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I forgot how hard it is to actually afford high end food when I’m using my own money. Prefer the travel lifestyle

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I love being at home. Travel / points / status is an addiction. You’re not alone.

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The actual transportation element of it sucks bad and the points aren’t really worth it to me (not that I don’t seek to maximize them).

But the part about free (to me) dinners and quiet nights in a hotel room is awesome and one of the two or three best parts of my job.

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