I’m Leaving (And Returning) On A Jet Plane…

My father worked for the same company for 41 years and in his entire professional career he never was sent out-of-town on a business trip.  In fact, he never spent even one night away from home when I was growing up.  I on the other hand have been working for 20+ years  and I can’t even begin to tell you how many business trips I’ve been on.

TravelingmomI love my career in public relations and its given me the tremendous opportunity to travel and see many places, both large and small in this world.  It’s due in large part to my many business trips that I can brag and say that I’ve visited all the contiguous 48 United States (I’ve also been to Hawaii on my honeymoon, so I’ve been to 49 states,  all I need is to cross Alaska off my list).

THM_LeavingOnAJetPlane1Sunrise over Chicago, the view from my hotel room.

In fact, I write this post sitting on the bed in a very posh hotel room located on The Miracle Mile in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan.  While it’s been great for me the past few days to take nice long hot baths without interruption, have a maid clean up after my messes, not have to fight over the remote control and eat meals where crayons and kids menus aren’t allowed, I can’t wait to get home to The Hubs and kidlets.

Now my anxiousness to get home has nothing to do with mommy guilt.  I certainly enjoy all the perks of a business trip as I listed above.  I can’t wait to get home because that truly is where my life and heart is, with my family.  Though it’s only been a few days and I’ve spoken to The Hubs and kidlets via FaceTime, I feel like I’m missing so much of what is happening with them.  Each day is filled with school, activities, friends, stories and experiences that a short video conference can’t even begin to convey.  I’m actually a little jealous of all the fun they are having without ME!

So I’ve got my wake-up call set for early in the morning so I can make my way over to the airport and visit one of those cheesy gift shops to pick up something for the kidlets before getting on the plane and be homeward bound.  I can’t wait to see all of their  beautiful faces and hope they will be as excited to see me as I am of them!

Now it’s your turn to share.  What’s your favorite city to visit – either on business or with family?



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  1. says

    Glad your trip to Chicago went well. I just went to Alaska at the beginning of March, and it was warmer than New Jersey! And it’s every bit as beautiful as people say. I’ve been to Germany several times and I’ll be there again in May – maybe I can sneak you into my suitcase. <3
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      OOh, I so want to go to Alaska and Germany! I’m sure it’s somewhere in my future, I just don’t know when!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Thanks Elizabeth. They are fun – but I try to keep them to a minimum and no more than 3 days….the kidlets are so young they don’t understand why mom has to go!

  2. Ashley M says

    My job also allows me to travel and I am grateful for those experiences. I surprisingly did not love NYC but I did love Chicago.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I LOVE Chi-town. This time we had some great meals with some real local flair – I had a true Chicago Hot Dog (albeit a veggie one) with all the trimmings – meaning everything was on it ketchup, mustard, relish, fried onions, a pickle spear, tomatoes. it was DE-LISH!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I used to travel a lot more before the kidlets were born. Luckily I have an understanding boss – so trips aren’t so frequent and don’t last more than a few days! I’m going to Texas later this month but I’m hoping I can see my MIL & SIL while I’m there too!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Wow – that’s rough on Dad and on kids. Luckily I only travel every couple of months at this point and only for a few days.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Boston is a great place, so is Philly…and I have to say, I love visiting LA. It makes me dream of moving there, but I’m truly an East Coast gal.

  3. says

    So awesome that you’re only missing a visit to Alaska to mark off all 50 states- I’d love that! I’m with you though, being away from the family can be rough, no matter how much you enjoy the quiet. My husband and I just got back from a week vacation away from the kids, and while I really enjoyed time with just him, and the quiet, relaxing time on the beach, it was wonderful to get to see my kids and get those daily hugs and kisses I missed so much!
    As for my favorite place to visit… That’s a tough one. We haven’t been to many places, but I think I could go to Maui time and time again and never tire of it!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      OOOH Maui – I was there on my honeymoon and it’s a dream to go back someday. This year is our 10th anniversary – maybe we’ll go back (I wish!).

    • TheHarriedMom says

      New Orleans is a great city. I have to get beignets from the Cafe Du Monde French Market Coffee Stand – and I’ll wait in line for however long I need to!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      It is an adventure every place I go, even if I’ve been there before. I never know what to expect. I like going hot places when it’s cold in the Northeast and going someplace cooler when the summer heat comes around.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Chicago is so fun. It’s a great place for culture, sports and food. I love that you can walk or take the “L” anywhere!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve lived outside of NYC my entire life and still to this day there are new things that I discover when wandering around the city – and I work here everyday!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I had an incredible view of Lake Michigan – it was windy one day while I was there and the windows were shaking and the hotel swaying, but they told us it would do that when we checked in!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve only been to San Fran once and it was just for a day. I would love to go back and explore more – I did go to the seafood market and ride a trolley car though!

  4. says

    I went to San Francisco for a day, and have wanted to go back ever since. It just wasn’t long enough. I took my youngest son there to go take the Alcatraz tour and loved it. I had thought about staying overnight to explore a little more, but we had a room in Reno and I was a single mom on a budget. My dream is to take my husband there and just have fun.
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I was in SF for a day only too – I went to Fisherman’s Wharf and rode a trolleycar. So much more to see and explore there!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      We went to Disney for the first time last year and the kids keep asking when we’ll go back!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Thanks, it was a pretty awesome room. There was a little ledge seat there that I could sit on and enjoy the view!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      NYC is a great place – there’s so much to see, do and eat here! If you do come, def go see something on Broadway, visit Central Park, take a Circle Line cruise and eat a water dog!

  5. says

    I always like to get away every now and then but there is nothing like going home. My favorite city is Gatlinburg, TN. It isn’t a big city and it is super touristy but I love the atmosphere and the Smoky mountains are my favorite spot.
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I traveled once thru the Smoky Mountains from Nashville to Knoxville – it was so pretty (and we passed Dollywood!).

  6. brett says

    i loved seattle. although to be fair i’ve not travelled a lot esp to cities. but seattle was awesome.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’ve been to Seattle twice, both times in a vintage car race/rally my company had sponsored. It was beautiful.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I haven’t traveled abroad too much – just to Italy and England. I would love to go to Paris and to Germany too!

  7. says

    Michigan Ave is so nice! I used to travel quite a bit before I retired from my real job. I have to say it was nice – I have seen so much of the US and and the perks of staying in 5 star hotels was nice. I always wished I could of taken my family and shared the experience with them. That would’ve made the traveling perfect!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      Michigan Ave is THE place to see there. I get spoiled on biz trips staying at the 5 star hotels – it would be crazy expensive for a family trip!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I love Boston – that’s the first roadtrip The Hubs and I ever took while we were dating. We stayed on Boylston Street in a B&B. We walked all over and went on the Swan Boats too!

  8. says

    My job doesn’t involve travel, but I would love to go back to Chicago, Seattle, and New York, and I’ve got family and friends in Austin, San Antonio, and Savannah. I’d really prefer all of my travel to be for pleasure, particularly since I want to show Baguette these places (and more!).

    Oh, and Alaska is my last state to go, too!
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      Exactly, I love the travel – but hate that I’m not sharing the experience with my family. And I hate that they are having fun without me!

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