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Does anyone travel for work?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Bob Vila, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Bob Vila

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    With my recent promotion I am now traveling for business an awful lot. I find it very cumbersome and daunting at the same time. In all reality I find it to suck ass. Packing for a week at a time, always eating out, not being able to chill with friends, etc. Its really not all that it is cracked up to be. I just got back from San Diego a few weeks ago (that was a good time, however, same rules apply as above) and next week I'll be flying to Oklahoma City and two weeks after that I'll be in Lehigh Valley, Pa. In April/May 2005 I'll be in Reno, NV and then Charlotte, NC. These are usually for 1 - 2 week stints...it sucks...

    So anyways, to ask my question; who travels for work, and actually likes it?
     
  2. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    I'm supposed to travel for my job, but the company hasn't asked me to go anywhere yet. All the old farts I work with gets first grabs for the field work...and the OT and the extra money.


    I want to go, but I have to many things going on at the house right now and for the last few years.

    but some of the places that we go to is like months at a time....Thailand, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Columbia, litterally any country that buys our helicopters.


    I'm trying to better myself on a certain helicopter so that when the time comes, they might ask me to be the Japanese field Tech Rep...which is what I actually put on my resume. I'd love to have it set up to have a house in the states, and an apartment in Japan.

    I originally was shooting towards being a commercial pilot, but the DUI I had in college kinda fucked that career for me. :(



    granted...you might not like it now, and it may screw with your life a lot, but sometimes there is some good that comes out of it. It's always better than being stuck behind the same desk for 10-15 years.
     
  3. friz

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    Could be worse.. I used to ferry very light aircraft to airshows and work the shows selling aircraft kits. I would be flying poorly equiped aircraft in bad weather. Once there we would have to set up the display and, clean the aircraft. To save money we would rent a house and and half of us would have to sleep on rubber mattrases on the floor. We would be gone for 1-2 weeks at a time. I still work with this company but no longer fly to the shows (Thank God). When I say very light aircraft, we are talking 650 lb empty weight and a 1200 CC engine.
     
  4. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    That even sounds fun to me.... :)

    Just log all and every damn flight hour, and your set after a few years....for future ventures with bigger companies. Although I'm not a fan of ultra-lights..but flight hours are flight hours..and enough flight hours equals better jobs.
     
  5. CRX-YEM

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    I have traveled for work but not in such a demanding schedule as you steve.
    a few times a year to Trade shows and it's usually for only one or two nights.
    and possibly a trip to the UK if needed.

    but hey at least you have an expense account while your traveling.

    What do you actually do for work ??
     
  6. 94RedSiGal

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    I travel for work, but luckily I love taking roadtrips. It would suck if I had to fly as I hate airport congestion and hate automatic tranny rental cars. I enjoy exploring new cities. There are always great restaurants to try and museums and art galleries to check out. Every place has a cool funky area to check out. :)

    I've gotten used to the packing thing. I started out making lists and now I have it down to a science. Being on your own in a hotel room is a great time to catch up on reading a good book. Also being away is a chance to see a movie that your s.o. didn't want to go see. There is always a silver lining to be found in any situation.
     
  7. Trinity

    Trinity <font color=#FF909B><b>I go back like Aqua Net.</b

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    i travel with my job but VERY rarely. i don't mind either cause i like road trips and most of the time its to places i have already been before.


    steve good luck in leigh vally pA, its in the middle of no where
     
  8. Bob Vila

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    The expense account is definately a plus as I normally don't have to foot the bill for anything (unless a particular restaurant doesn't take AMEX)

    I am currently an IT Project Manager implementing a new Client and Policy Processing System that is actually replacing our 30+ year old mainframe legacy system. The new system is comprised of three layers, host, mid-tier, client...made up of Cobol, ACORD (Insurance tech standard) and XML/XSL which renders HTML into the client front-end application.

    On top of that I am responsible for the communication and training of the project as well as my direct reports. This entails developing Self-Directed learning (Flash & HTML/Javascript) and our communication website for publicity within the organization. I am a busy mofo right now and it sucks. The project that I am on is slated to be completed in 2012...so I hope to have some job security........I hope!
     
  9. pissedoffsol

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    i will go to pa for a day a couple times, but rarely an over-nighter...
     
  10. ScrapinSi

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    As you know, I travel steve... Sometimes lots... sometimes little... It helps when you travel with a co-worker... It sucks sitting alone in restaurants, bars, etc...

    Here are some of my tips...
    #1. Make sure the hotel has High Speed Internet
    #2. ALWAYS GET A BUSINESS SUITE... This way they have fridge, sometimes stove, etc... This way you can actually buy food & not have to eat out.. It REALLY makes it hard on your diet.
    #3. Upgrade your rental car. Don't drive around in that Geo Metro or Kia... As for free upgrades.. Or cheap upgrades... I almost always end up in an SUV or a Grand Prix GTP... And sometimes i'll even be nice and pay the extra out of my pocket.
    #4. Meet friends... If you are going to a city where you know people from online boards are... Go hang out... I have done this on more than one occassion... I did this when I was in FL, when I was in TX, when I was in Chicago, etc... You meet new people, new connections, etc...
    #5. Find the racetracks that are open with events going on... Drag Racing Rentals is fun... So it Autocrossing them... :)
    #6. Porn is your friend.

    oh wait... i mean... umm.... shit... nevermind.. :doh:
     
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    Im not sure where the hell Leigh Valley is at but I'm in Happy valley, gimmie a jingle if ya wanna down a few cold ones.
     
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    Sounds like you need to be an ag pilot. You get to do stupid shit as part of your job and get paid well for it. I'v seen them pull down a $1000 a day.
     
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    i'll see you at lehigh in two weeks
     
  14. hcivic.com

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    shit i travel all the time usally only 3-4 hrs and a couple of nights but all the time
     
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