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Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:50

Travel: Leaving the Ones You Love

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After doing this routine for ten years, it doesn’t seem to ever get better. Right now, I am sitting in front of my computer doing everything I can to avoid thinking of the time I will need to spend traveling for work and being away from my daughter. As a single mother, it is never easy to leave my daughter. But over the years, we have come up with several tips to help make each time apart a little bit easier.

 

  • Prepare them for your departure. While traveling, let your child know where you are going and why it’s important that you go. Point out your travel location, check out the city’s convention and visitors bureau's website together, and let them know who you will be seeing and what you will be doing.
  • Don't stop by school/daycare on your way to the airport to get one last kiss. I was the worst. Procrastinating the inevitable of leaving can be horribly upsetting to you and your child. Stay firm, stick to the plan, and get to the airport. 
  • Plan daily check-ins. This can be over the phone, e-mail, or ideally Skype or FaceTime so you can catch up face-to-face.
  • Write a note. Hide a personalized card in the medicine cabinet or under a pillow. My favorite is to have sticky notes prepared for each day, to be placed in my daughter’s lunchbox.
  • Schedule quality time. Before and after a trip, schedule one-on-one quality time with each other when you get home. This gives yourself and your child something to look forward to once traveling is complete.
  • Do something special. Organize nonroutine activities for them to do while apart, such as sleepovers with friends, movie night with Grandpa and Grandma, BW3 Wednesday for kids night, et cetera. Keeping children busy and active makes the time apart go faster, while also having something new and fun to do while you are away.
  • Share digital pictures. For my daughter to see where I am is reassuring. Snap a photo of your hotel, a landmark, the weather, tradeshow floor, or people. It can help them stay connected and feel like they’re a part of your daily job. 

Although being away can be tough at times, keep in mind a business trip can be an opportunity for you to recharge! Take advantage of the uninterrupted night sleep, visiting with friends and colleagues, or enjoy having the TV remote to yourself with a cocktail.

Written By: Kary Moening, account executive for Groups Today and Teach & Travel magazines. 

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