Business trips can be glamorous at times. But often, they look better on paper than they are in reality.
My husband travels for work about 25% of the time. Often, I am jealous of his business travel because of the destination or the specific hotel. Other times, I am admittedly envious that he just gets to sleep in a quiet hotel room without hearing our kids fighting and our dogs barking.
Before I escaped the corporate retail world, I did my own share of business travel. A few trips were brag-worthy, but most were not. Check out some of our best and worst business trips.
Brian’s Business Trips
Jealous: I was extremely envious that time Brian got to travel to Ireland for work. He stayed in an old castle and spent an afternoon visiting more sites around Dublin. He ever got his own row on the flight over!
Not Jealous: In January, he went to Boston. The temperature was in the single digits. No, thanks!
Jealous: Last fall, Brian’s company had a conference trade show at Disney World. He stayed at the Dolphin hotel and hung out at Disney Springs. One night, his company rented Universal Studios for a private party. He got to ride on all the rides with no wait since the park was closed to the public. Super jealous!
Not Jealous: He spent two weeks in Jackson, Mississippi. No offense to anyone who lives there, but I just wasn’t jealous of his time there. He was very bored.
Jealous: For three years in a row, Brian attended a company conference at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. I would have loved to tag along! I actually haven’t been to Las Vegas in many years. Checking out the pool and spa at the Aria would have been just fine with me.
Not Jealous: While Salt Lake City is a very clean city, I am not jealous that Brian spent several weeks there. He filled his extra time exploring the Mormon Tabernacle and researching his family at the Family History Library.
Jealous: Brian took two separate business trips to Irvine, California. While there, his group frequently hung out in Laguna Beach for meals.
Not Jealous: He took a business trip to Phoenix, Arizona in the summer. I went to Phoenix once in the summer and I could barely breathe because it was so hot. Not jealous!
Jealous: This past year, Brian has traveled to San Francisco frequently for work. I’m jealous of most of these trips because San Francisco is a beautiful city. At night, he gets to have dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf and other yummy restaurants.
Not Jealous: He was just in San Francisco a few weeks ago, but this time I was not jealous. Due to a conference that filled many of the city’s hotel rooms, he had to stay at an older hotel in Chinatown. His room looked like he was staying at Grandma’s house. A homeless man tried to start a fight with him outside. But the worst part was that he was staying in Chinatown during Chinese New Year. Every night, all night long, he heard fireworks and fire crackers. He hardly got a wink of sleep. Yikes!
Nancy’s Business Trips
Jealous: My most envy-worthy trip was probably two separate trips over three weeks to Tokyo, Japan. I explored the city on the weekends, and I got to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
Not Jealous: Shortly before I quit my last corporate job, I was chosen to be part of a team to fly to Puerto Rico on the corporate jet. It sounds awesome, right? It was terrible. I never even saw the ocean. We visited stores from sun-up til sun-down. Puerto Rico was way more congested than I ever imagined for an island in the Caribbean, and I couldn’t believe the traffic. I’m sure if I visited it on a cruise it would be a much nicer experience.
Jealous: When I was in my 20s, I went on a business trip to Montreal, Canada. The city is gorgeous, and I felt like I was in France. I would love to return.
Not jealous: I went on a business trip to Ohio, visiting multiple cities on the same trip. We only spent time in the car and in stores, so we really could have been anywhere. It was brutal.
Jealous: In my last corporate job, I went to New York City twice. Even though my days were packed, there is still something very magical about NYC. I managed to squeeze in a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, and we had great food in Little Italy.
Are you ever jealous of a spouse’s or friend’s business travel? What are some great/not so great business trips you’ve taken?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.