For most consultants, travel is the name of the game, but I have been lucky that in my first 4 years of employment, I traveled only 1 week for a new hire training class. Now that's changed and I'm making frequent treks to Atlanta to work at my client's office there. It's been an adjustment.
I haven't been at this long, so I'm sure my opinions will change over time. However, I thought I'd take a moment to share a little about my experience thus far:
- 7 am flights are really early.
- Walking to and from the office, hotel, and Marta stations is helpful in meeting my exercise goals.
- I don't like traveling when I need to pack a coat.
- Hotel quality can vary widely... More to come on this one!
- I think I make better use of my time at home when I know I won't be there all week.
- It's very tiring on travel days
- Thus far I've been content to relax in my hotel room... I wonder when I'll go stir crazy and look for other evening activities.
- At the current rate we're traveling, I'll be AA Gold by May and Platinum by August - I've never had airline status before, so I'm excited for that - Though I'd definitely give it up to stay home. (I'd have to travel every week from now to the end of the year to make Executive Platinum, so I'm glad I won't be traveling enough for that)
- At Marriott: I'll be Silver by February, Gold by July, and Platinum by October - I'm looking forward to a free vacation for me and John courtesy of Marriott and American points.
- I enjoy reading books on planes, and I haven't quite gotten myself to put down the book to work on the plane.
- Though I know it's unlikely, I still hope that our project work gets more remote work (from home, instead of traveling to the client site) in coming months because I just don't like be away from home.