Many people dream of having a career that lets them travel the world. But if you have a job that requires travel, you’ll know the reality is not as romantic as it may seem. For parents who travel for work, it can be difficult.
Whether you’re an international events planner,a flight attendant, or you have an RN travel job from AdvantisMed, you probably spent more time in airport terminals than you do on sunny beaches. The entire trip is taken up by either travel or work, and when you do have free time you are often too tired to enjoy your surroundings. But perhaps the biggest drawback is the fact that you spend so much time away from your family.
This is particularly difficult when you have young children. They may not understand why their parent is away for so long, and they may even get upset or resent you for it. You yourself might feel sad and lonely when you’re away and wish you could be at home with your loved ones. So what can you do to alleviate the guilt and make the most of your limited family time? Here are five tips to help you cope.
Keep in contact
No matter how busy or exhausted you may be, you should always make time to speak with your children each day. When I go on work trips I make sure to video call them before bed. It’s important they know you are thinking of them and can still make memories with you and share stories from their day.
Help them understand
A young child may not fully understand that you have to go away to work, so it’s a good idea to explain to them what you are doing. Outline the reasons you have to go away for work and give them an insight into what each day will look like. Show them photos you have taken of interesting things and bring them back souvenirs from your trip.
Share your itinerary
It may not always be convenient to talk to your family while away, especially if you are in different time zones. Share your itinerary with your family, so they always know where you are and what you are doing at any given time. This way, if your child gets an urge to call you up, they will know whether you are free.
Schedule family time
When you are back home, schedule fun activities to do together, as well as date nights for you and your partner to connect without your children present.
Discuss your feelings
In these situations it’s normal for all parties involved to feel upset at some time. You may feel guilty for leaving your kids behind so often, while they may feel hurt that you are going away. It’s important you discuss your feelings and encourage your little ones to do the same. This way, everyone is on the same page and there are no simmering grudges or resentments.
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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