My husband asked me recently when I am going on vacation next. He seems to think that business trips or press trips – any trip that gets me out of the house and in the company of fellow grown-ups – are like little vacations for this exhausted mother of two. Guess what? He’s right!
In a way, any sort of trip without the kids is like a vacation. While my travels have taken me to some lovely and not-as-lovely locations, they’ve all been trips I’ve taken alone. What’s more, they let me eat when I want, sleep in peace and even let me drink unlimited coffee – all, of course, within the confines of the itinerary or the conference agenda.
There are definitely perks to business traveling, such as the above, as well as the opportunity to mingle with other adults and speak intelligently about subjects that do not include diapers, milk or the words “time out.”
It also means that I don’t have to cook, a welcome reprieve from my everyday routine.
While I do enjoy these trips, I always remember why I am doing them. If it weren’t for my family back home, I’d have a much different lifestyle and different reasons for my work. And while I do sometimes secretly enjoy traveling for business, the part I enjoy the most is seeing their smiling little faces when I walk in the door and hearing the squeals of my toddler saying, “Mama’s home!”