Another week has begun and I'm at the airport, heading on my third business trip in the past three weeks! I am a homebody and really miss my home, but there are perks to traveling for work, even if I don't get to go to the Bahamas for my job. (Ahem, Ashten).
1. First of all, you get a big king bed all to yourself. Is it just me or is this a real luxury? I love sprawling out in the middle of the bed and having all those fluffy pillows to myself. It's the little things.
2. You get to discovering local restaurants and coffee shops. When I was traveling a few weeks ago, I found an amazing little coffee shop that had Cookie Dough lattes. I went their twice one day because I just couldn't stay away. I also found this little local restaurant that had homemade ice cream and I had the most amazing Coconut Almond Fudge ice cream and it was HEAVENLY.
3. Someone does all the cooking and dishes for you. I always try and stay in hotels that have continental breakfasts and nothing makes me more happy than to not have to worry about meal prep, grocery shopping, and having to cook after a long day. Not having to clean up and do dishes after is also a gift.
4. At the end of your work day, you have an entire evening with little responsibility. I love that I don't have to worry about folding that basket of laundry that awaits me at home or do other chores at home. Most evenings when I travel I can either sit near the pool/on a balcony and read, write, or go over presentation if I am teaching a class. I can also choose to go to a restaurant and eat a nice dinner and have a glass of wine, or sometimes, I just bring dinner back to my room and eat it in bed while taking advantage of the cable TV. The possibilities are endless!
5. Although business trips are busy, I love exploring new cities. Even when I go to small towns in Idaho, my favorite way to explore the town is go for a run or walk. Its nice to get out of my every day routine, work from a different office, interact with my colleagues who are in the District Offices I don't get to see at Headquarters every day, and see new things. Its a nice change in scenery, and keeps me from getting burned out on the same routine day in and day out.
Today I'll be interviewing job candidates for most of today and tomorrow, and then I'll head home tomorrow evening just in time to go babysit. Its another busy week, but they sure do go fast this way!
Do you ever travel for work? Do you love it or hate it?