I love my job - and this time I'm talking about the one I'm actually paid to do!
For the past 19 years I've only ever worked in television public relations. The networks I’ve been employed at have been incredibly diverse and I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing people and worked on many exciting projects. One of the things I always loved about my job was all the travel I got to do. I’ve been to both the glamorous and not-so-glamorous places across this country, Canada and even Mexico. Living out of a suitcase was sometimes tough since I always seemed to pack too much, but it was always a new adventure. It’s because of my work that I can say that I’ve been to all 48 continental United States (in fact I’ve been to 49 states in total, I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon so all that’s left is Alaska). I’ve traveled private, first class and in coach, by planes, trains and automobiles – including driving cross-country in a 1939 Ford Coup with no seat belts, AC, heat or radio!
My love of work travel changed when I had the kidlets.
These days, I don’t really like being away from my family. My kidlets are still young and they don’t understand why mommy has to go away and why they can’t come with me. It also causes total havoc for The Hubs – who has to take care of two little ones all alone while balancing his full-time job outside of the home.
Fortunately I don’t have to travel as much as I used to, but there are times when I have no choice and I just have to go. This week was one of those times. I took a quick trip to Chi-Town, the Windy City, the Second City. I do love Chicago – great food, great sports, great comedy and great shopping. The city has such a great vibe and robust character. I stayed at the spectacular Four Seasons Hotel – and was even upgraded to a suite (SWEEEEET!) which had a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.
Now while it was nice to have an entire king-sized bed to myself, take a long hot bath without interruption, and eat a meal where I didn’t have to cut up someone else’s food – it just wasn’t any fun without my family. I missed them from the moment I left my house to go to the airport. No smiling kidlets faces that night, so excited to see me and tell me about their days. No books to read while snuggling on the couch. No relaxing in front of the TV with The Hubs and recounting our respective days at work. And the worst of all, no good night kisses from them all…..
Luckily my few days in Chicago were busy. I was all over the city during the day with my client, who was funny and gracious doing TV, radio & print interviews as well as a photo session. At night it was delicious dinners with a rotating cast of business associates. It was a successful press trip and I’m glad I was there to see it all through.
But I was even happier when my kidlets came home from school and The Hubs home from work and gave me plenty of overdue hugs and kisses.
I have another business trip planned for later this month, this time to Vegas. The only thing I’ll bet on during that trip is that I’ll miss my family.
Now it’s your turn to share. If you could travel anywhere in the world with your family, where would it be and why?
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