On The Road Again

I love my job – and this time I’m talking about the one I’m actually paid to do!

For the past 19 years I’ve only ever worked in television public relations.  The networks I’ve been employed at have been incredibly diverse and I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing people and worked on many exciting projects.   One of the things I always loved about my job was all the travel I got to do.  I’ve been to both the glamorous and not-so-glamorous places across this country, Canada and even Mexico.  Living out of a suitcase was sometimes tough since I always seemed to pack too much, but it was always a new adventure.  It’s because of my work that I can say that I’ve been to all 48 continental United States (in fact I’ve been to 49 states in total, I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon so all that’s left is Alaska).  I’ve traveled private, first class and in coach, by planes, trains and automobiles – including driving cross-country in a 1939 Ford Coup with no seat belts, AC, heat or radio! TravelingmomMy love of work travel changed when I had the kidlets.

These days, I don’t really like being away from my family.  My kidlets are still young and they don’t understand why mommy has to go away and why they can’t come with me.  It also causes total havoc for The Hubs – who has to take care of two little ones all alone while balancing his full-time job outside of the home.

Fortunately I don’t have to travel as much as I used to, but there are times when I have no choice and I just have to go.  This week was one of those times.  I took a quick trip to Chi-Town, the Windy City, the Second City.  I do love Chicago – great food, great sports, great comedy and great shopping. The city has such a great vibe and robust character.  I stayed at the spectacular Four Seasons Hotel – and was even upgraded to a suite (SWEEEEET!) which had a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.



Now while it was nice to have an entire king-sized bed to myself, take a long hot bath without interruption, and eat a meal where I didn’t have to cut up someone else’s food – it just wasn’t any fun without my family.  I missed them from the moment I left my house to go to the airport.  No smiling kidlets faces that night, so excited to see me and tell me about their days.  No books to read while snuggling on the couch.  No relaxing in front of the TV with The Hubs and recounting our respective days at work.   And the worst of all, no good night kisses from them all…..

Luckily my few days in Chicago were busy.  I was all over the city during the day with my client, who was funny and gracious doing TV, radio & print interviews as well as a photo session.  At night it was delicious dinners with a rotating cast of business associates.   It was a successful press trip and I’m glad I was there to see it all through.

But I was even happier when my kidlets came home from school and The Hubs home from work and gave me plenty of overdue hugs and kisses.

I have another business trip planned for later this month, this time to Vegas.  The only thing I’ll bet on during that trip is that I’ll miss my family.

Now it’s your turn to share.  If you could travel anywhere in the world with your family, where would it be and why?

Today’s post was inspired by “Pour Your Heart Out” with Things I Can’t Say….

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  1. says

    I agree with Shell. A few days away sounds like heaven to this SAHM, but I know if I had to do it all the time, I would hate being away. To answer your question, Hubs and I went to Italy for our honeymoon, and I definitely want to go back someday. But our tot will have to be MUCH older for that trip to be enjoyable!
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  2. says

    I’d love to be able to travel more! With or without the kids honestly.

    Any where in the world? I’d start here in the states simply because there is so much to see and do. So much history that I’d love to explore!

  3. says

    Over the last year my 9 year old has read all the Percy Jackson books and is totally obsessed with Greek and Roman history. He tells me at least once a week that he wishes and dreams of going to visit there. And he wants me to go with him!! So if I could go anywhere, I would walk the streets of Rome and share ancient stories. I’d share my history major knowledge and as we strolled through every piece of history we came upon and I’d watch him fall in love with history just like I did. And I’d never feel closer to him that I would in that moment.
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  4. Shari says

    As a family vacation I would want to go to Hawaii and the second place is Sierra Leone, Africa. I would like to go to Hawaii because I do have friends there and I would love to visit them and see the beauty that they stare at everyday. I would go to Africa because my husband is from there and we are making that trip this year.
    I could never leave my son..I’m kinda like Whitney Houston..Wherever I go my baby boy will go also :)

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I would love to go back to Hawaii…my kids say they want to go on a safari, but I’d be nervous out there with all the animals. Your trip to Africa though, sounds like it will be quite an adventure and one your son will love!

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’m with you, I’m torn. I always think I’m going to love it, but it’s not quite the same without my family.

  5. says

    I want to take Baguette everywhere! I was lucky enough to have parents who loved to travel, and who loved to travel with their children–and passed that on to us. That’s how I got to travel the world, as well as 49 of the 50 states (I, too, am missing only Alaska).

    First up with be a trip to visit my brother and his wife, who live out of state; we have never seen their house, which they bought after Baguette was born.

    I’d also love to take her to New York and New Jersey, to visit the friends I haven’t seen since I got married and moved to L.A. almost a decade ago. And I really want to take her to Hawaii and Europe. Because I want to go back to Hawaii and Europe.
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I’m with you! I want the kidlets to go everywhere. So far they’ve been to Jersey shore, upstate NY, PA, TX, CT & Colorado. We just booked a Spring Break trip in April to Florida – they’ll be thrilled about that (once I tell them!).

      I could go back to Hawaii too – but such a long flight from this coast….I’m afraid to take my kids to Europe at this point, they might start World War III there and I couldn’t stand the pressure.

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