When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up and work in an office. I wanted to put on high heels and nylons every single day and carry a briefcase. I wanted to commute.
And I wanted to stride through the airport with my suitcase in one hand and frequent flyer card in the other, headed out on another very important business trip. Traveling for business has always sounded so glamorous to me.
And then I grew up and went to work in an office.
I had to wear high heels. And nylons. And it didn’t matter that it was too hot for nylons or that flip flops were the only thing that could have made a 12 hour work day more comfortable. I had to commute.
And I had to travel for work.
Traveling for work is not, come to find out, glamorous. At least, it’s not glamorous for the majority of people I’ve talked to who have had to do it. It involves 48 hours spent in a hotel room in a city that you’d like to visit some day. It involves dinner alone and 15 minutes of quality family time over the phone. It’s a 6am flight so you’ll land in time for the meeting and no one will have to pay for an extra night in a hotel room.
Traveling is one of my great passions in life, but traveling for work, more often than not, blows.
I consider conference calls, lunch meetings and business dinners to be in the same category.
Of course, maybe that just says something about the things that I think sound cool in the first place.
What parts of your job sound a lot cooler than they actually are?