Anyone else get nervous when they have to travel out of town for work?

  • Timbales

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    Jun 16, 2008 1:24 AM GMT
    Traveling for work wasn't part of my normal gig, but I'm starting to now. This is my second trip, at least this time I'm not flying, but I get nervous, checking and double-checking everything, worried I might forget to pack underwear, etc.
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    Not at all. Whether it's in the U.S. or overseas I love traveling and would do more of it if I could.

    You'll probably forget something. I usually do. But rest assured, wherever you go, you can buy underwear when you get there. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidTraveling for work wasn't part of my normal gig, but I'm starting to now. This is my second trip, at least this time I'm not flying, but I get nervous, checking and double-checking everything, worried I might forget to pack underwear, etc.


    You have to travel out of town for the bowling alley???
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    traveling is my job. i did at first. but eventually u get a routine and it becomes second nature
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    I've never been nervous about traveling. If anything I'm always excited because I'm going somewhere. it comes from traveling alot I guess.

    The only thing I wonder about is how things will function while I'm not at home but I realize I'm traveling and I give little thought to it after that. LOL.
  • UTB1

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    Jun 16, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    I travel almost 3 weeks out of every month. You need to get a routine with packing, don't over plan, just pack those things you know you will need, and have all the toiletries all ready to go in a separate plastic bag (what a pain in the ass). Anyway, be Zen about delays and realize the folks in the airline and hotel are just doing their job. See you on the road!
  • Timbales

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    Jun 16, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    Traveling for pleasure I don't mind, but for work it's different - being with my boss and a salesman all the time, trying to do my work in odd places, etc. I'm also going to be evaluating a potential business partner for the first time, a program I'm involved in setting up.
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:50 AM GMT
    i completely feel u. it sucks at times, but as u do it more, u will find it to get easier. the hardest part is sunday night. after that u are golden.
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    Jun 16, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    You can get used to it. I am on the road at least 40 weeks a year, and have changed my habits. For example, I define myself as a "minimalist" - the smaller the suitcase the better. I plan everything from what to wear, where to go, whatever. I haven't forgotten underwear or anything else important, but there are retail stores in every large and small city. You'll be fine.
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    Jun 16, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    I travel a lot for work. What I find helps me a lot is having a list of things I always bring. For instance, I have socks, shoes, toothbrush, laptop, laptop charger, ... etc.

    I just setup a word document called "travel" and everytime I have put one of those items into my suitcase, I check it off. Now all you need to remember is to bring the suitcase ;) (one time, I had another bag of stuff I forgot to bring, so I just make sure everything on my checklist is in one of two of my main luggages).

    This way, I pack in 30 minutes to an hour and don't have to worry about not forgetting anything or having to double- or triple-check
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    Jun 16, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    I travel 2-3 weeks a month. You will get ovr the nervousness. I take each city as a new adventure and try adn go out and explore the city.. Its a great chance to see the Country!
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    Jun 16, 2008 4:19 AM GMT
    I travel about 30-50% of the time for my job. Sometimes it can get to be a bit much, but I don't really ever get nervous about the traveling aspect. If anything it's the nature of what I'm going to be working on when I arrive that would make me nervous. I guess you'll just get used to it.
  • metalxracr

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    Jun 16, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    Somtimes I do, but it's out of excitement and anticipation.
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    Jun 16, 2008 9:59 AM GMT
    I hate travel. I dunno. I don't like the adjustment period especially when you get to a new place and stay at a hotel or something. icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 16, 2008 11:55 AM GMT
    Travel for business is nerve-wracking, yeah, but it's good to be taken out of your comfort zone. You learn more about your abilities in the work environment, when you have to adjust to different places and maybe scramble a little.

    I miss traveling. I was a sports writer, going to athletic events all over the East, and sometimes I was scrambling to meet deadlines or even get to the airport. Or deal with shit, like the press center in a hockey arena being locked down when a coach decided he wanted the entire building empty while his team practiced.
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    Jun 16, 2008 12:23 PM GMT
    I suggest a packing list. Get a suitcase, duffle bag, decide what you will require on your trips and always keep it stocked and ready to go. Keep the list in a pocket of the bag and replenish or clean and repair that which is necessary and restock it and have it ready to go. It eliminates the worry about forgetting something important, or packing at the last minute.

    Computer map searches and now auto GPS systems make navigation so much easier than in the days of the Rand McNally Atlas.

    This leaves plenty of time to focus on the mission at hand.



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    Jun 16, 2008 1:12 PM GMT
    I love travelling, especially flying, but travelling for work is a bit of a drag. It is not much fun living out of a suitcase and eating restaurant food all of the time. I talk to my partner every night when I am away to take away the "lonelys" icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 16, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    I hate the whole process of traveling. I'm happy to be wherever I am or wherever I'm going (once I get there), but the process itself annoys me. I wouldn't call my response to it nervous, though.
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    Jun 16, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    Yeah, what others have said, Timberoo, it just becomes rote after you've done it enough. Eventually, if you're doing business travel enough, all the things that could go wrong do go wrong and you realize it's never the end of the world.

    Hell, one time, I showed up at the airport and it wasn't until I was walking up to the security gate that I realized I didn't have my ID. I thought, wow - I am so screwed this time, it's not even funny. And I was flying for a meeting THAT afternoon!

    Would you believe, I was still allowed to board after they went through my suitcase with a fine tooth comb.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 16, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Ironically, I now realized that I did indeed not pack enough underwear to go to the gym each night before going out for dinner. But at least I'm in Toronto and drove here instead of flying.
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    Jun 16, 2008 10:50 PM GMT
    I know...

    I travel to places that don't SELL underwear either icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 16, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidTraveling for work wasn't part of my normal gig, but I'm starting to now. This is my second trip, at least this time I'm not flying, but I get nervous, checking and double-checking everything, worried I might forget to pack underwear, etc.


    Bearing with the incompetence of American airlines in delivering both me and my baggage to my chosen destination.


    I've learned Underwear is pretty much universal available in most cities
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    Jun 16, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidIronically, I now realized that I did indeed not pack enough underwear to go to the gym each night before going out for dinner. But at least I'm in Toronto and drove here instead of flying.


    Tsk, tsk. I always take double the underwear I normally need plus double the number of shirts and extra socks if I know there is a gym. I sweat like a pig when I run on a treadmill in the summer.

    What I am neurotic about forgetting is my ID, my medications (all 10 of them), my glasses or my contact lenses. The more important the item, the more likely I will forget it. I once left my glasses at my parents after spending a long weekend with them. Talking about thick.
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    Jun 16, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    Hey Timberoo-

    Travel for a living too, and believe it or not, once you adjust it will feel weird to NOT be heading out every couple of weeks or so.

    My big suggestion is to double everything. Go buy a 2nd cell phone charger that never leaves your suitcase. Duplicate toiletries in your little baggie for airport security. Less worries about forgetting stuff if you have your "travel" versions of everything pre-packed.

    Safe travels!
  • Timbales

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    Jun 17, 2008 12:47 AM GMT
    JBE60 said[quote][cite]Timberoo said[/cite]Ironically, I now realized that I did indeed not pack enough underwear to go to the gym each night before going out for dinner. But at least I'm in Toronto and drove here instead of flying.


    Tsk, tsk. I always take double the underwear I normally need plus double the number of shirts and extra socks if I know there is a gym. I sweat like a pig when I run on a treadmill in the summer.

    What I am neurotic about forgetting is my ID, my medications (all 10 of them), my glasses or my contact lenses. The more important the item, the more likely I will forget it. I once left my glasses at my parents after spending a long weekend with them. Talking about thick.[/quote]

    I wish there was time for me to invite you out for a drink this week. It's almost 9 now and I'm just getting in from dinner. This will probably end up being my earliest night.