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Pros and cons of travelling for work


It’s a dream job that many aspire to: having a career that requires you to travel abroad. The glamour of travel, seeing exotic locations and meeting interesting people is high up on the list, and even better if you can get paid for it at the same time. But there are downsides as well, so here’s a few to consider when weighing up taking that dream job:

Pro: Flying in style

Granted, this might not always be the case, but for many who are required to travel abroad for work, business class is not just a luxury, but a necessity, so you can arrive with enough sleep to launch into action as soon as you touch down.

Con: Not flying in style

That said, remember that if you are travelling a short hop, you are far more likely to be on a budget carrier which doesn’t have a business section. While you might have a premium seat, you will still need to queue, won’t have access to the business lounge and are more likely to be subject to delays.

Pro: Getting paid to travel

That’s the life! Conducting a business meeting poolside before reclining with an exotic cocktail and working on your tan. Getting to go places you would have gone anyway, or better still – places you would never have thought to go, but can now discover.

Con: Getting paid to go to airports

Too often, however, getting paid to travel might just mean landing at another airport, meeting at the conference room in the airport hotel, working long hours before getting back on the plane to return. Far less exciting.

Pro: Meeting people all over the world

Meeting people from other cultures and finding out how they live and work is fascinating and thrilling. Spending time with locals, possibly being invited into their homes or workplaces is a brilliant experience that is not on your typical tourist itinerary.

Con: Leaving people at home

Especially if you have a family, constantly leaving to go elsewhere can be tiring and a bit demoralising. Being unable to go to social gatherings or important occasions might end up being a drag in the long run. Plus, there are the little things like sleeping in your own bed, taking clothes from the wardrobe rather than a suitcase, and cooking your own food that you can start to miss after a prolonged period on the road.

Vivienne Egan writes for Now Health International, who provide international health insurance for expats.

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