Pros and Cons of Jobs with a lot of Travel

New oxsV51
Mar 14 22 Comments

I’m in the pipeline for a gig that has ~50% travel. Has anyone ever been in a travel heavy job. What are pros and cons. How sustainable is it long term? What questions would you ask the recruiter/HM to get a good gauge of what life is going to be like. The HM said that this will potentially be a lifestyle change and I should consider that. What are things I’m not thinking about. Advice appreciated. Thanks!

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  • SAP
    marchiear

    SAP

    BIO
    I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
    marchiearmore
    I did it.

    My gal had the friends and I had the points!

    What’s your current role and your future role?

    Not saying no, but judge if you have the autonomy to say yes or no to individual trips.

    Oh: Always. Always. Always travel on company time only.
    Mar 144
    • New oxsV51
      OP
      I’m currently a manager at a startup doing consulting/client strategy. The new role would be similar in scope but larger scale and more face to face vs phone.
      Mar 14
    • SAP
      marchiear

      SAP

      BIO
      I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
      marchiearmore
      Do you have family and kids?
      Mar 14
    • New oxsV51
      OP
      I am in a relationship and we have a dog together but no kids etc.
      Mar 14
    • SAP
      marchiear

      SAP

      BIO
      I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
      marchiearmore
      Go for it if the opportunity is right. If you’re not used to it, it might be hard to adjust. You can slow down when you are founding a family.
      Mar 14
  • New aqTjlsg
    Traveling within US or around the world?
    Mar 142
    • New oxsV51
      OP
      US travel across random cities
      Mar 14
    • US travel only is really boring after a couple months. Food is the same everywhere. Cities are almost the same. US airlines are becoming the worst airlines.

      Since you traveling, you tend to eat less healthy food. Watch what you eat.
      Mar 14
  • For two years I worked.a job with a lot of international travels. Those were fun as I was young and single. I would go for 3 days to Japan for a conference and would stay from Saturday to the next Sunday everything paid by the company for only 3 days of work. Basically if you can manage it you get free holidays all over the world.

    Domestic travel though is complete shit. I would not go to a job that is only domestic travel.

    The rule of thumb is also to never travel on your own time unless you want to spend more time at the place. Also be strong to pushback on travel when you got important things planned at home.
    Mar 141
    • SAP
      marchiear

      SAP

      BIO
      I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
      marchiearmore
      100% regarding the not traveling on private time
      Mar 14
  • New / MgmtVSwf01
    No pro, you think you will see the city. You won't. All you will see is the airport and hotel rooms.
    Mar 140
  • SAP DCguy33
    I agree with all the reasons NOT to travel listed above. Anyone care to contribute their positive experiences? For me, it meant taking family vacations in amazing destinations by using accumulated points and miles. Also, I would occasionally take a family member on a trip to explore a new city together. We live in an amazing country with so much to see. If the job requires it travel can be fun.
    Mar 142
    • Sure. But is it really worth it ? The points and status you will accumulate will maybe be worth 5-10k a year MAX. Is it really.worth optimizing for that ? I have seen a lot of work traveller falling for that fallacy
      Mar 14
    • SAP DCguy33
      For me it was part of the job. I chose to make the most of it and it changed my whole outlook. The point being, don’t decide against something based on a few peoples feedback. Talk to others at that company and in the same industry to get a better feel. <—to orig poster.
      Mar 14
  • Apple Freakzilla
    Not sure if it matters to you but it will be tough to maintain a healthy diet and workout routine with a heavy travel job.
    Mar 141
    • SAP
      marchiear

      SAP

      BIO
      I climb the stairs every morning. The elevator is for Democrats!
      marchiearmore
      100% right. I plan every single part of my trips nowadays and plan meals. Also, exercise bands and 7 min workout app help.
      Mar 14
  • DocuSign oEiB26
    I did 80%+ travel at a previous company. Complete burn out after about a year. be careful and understand what you can handle. The job you are moving into likely won’t change in terms of travel in the future so if you don’t like the travel your options are often very limited... further the roles outside the company that you are most qualified for will also likely require travel. In my experience, once you start down the travel centric roles, you kind of get stuck. Maybe not true for others.
    Mar 140
  • New eNBa60
    Your health will potentially get jacked up and depending on your commitments, it’s hard to see a doctor right away. Also, be careful if you have elderly/not healthy parents.
    Mar 140
  • Lockheed Martin Mn8-2Quh
    It's tiring if you can highly function on 6 hours of sleep it's better.
    Mar 140
  • SAP DCguy33
    50% travel can be great and you will get what you give. I traveled 3 weeks a month for 8 years and learned what not to do. 2nd time around I did it right.
    Mar 140
  • Lockheed Martin Mn8-2Quh
    My SO's dad was able to do the same but once he was asked to miss a kid's birthday and it changed things. When you know you're traveling 50% of the time, some times you will miss things that are important. Your family is allowed to react with hurt feelings.
    Mar 140
  • Amazon / EngBenny Lava
    If you plan to start a family or have a family it would be tough. If single it is fun.
    Mar 140

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