We are in the midst of sifting through a job offer D received yesterday from a company out west.
After telling them I wasn't sold on my own career opportunities enough to want to move, they are willing to have him do this job from our home province.
Here's the caveat: If we had committed to moving, the amount of work travel would max out at around 50%. Being located out of province, it jumps to a max of 75%.
That seems awfully high to me. Having no experience with significant work travel myself (neither does D), just leisure, and from hearing friends describe it, it often sounds not near as fun or glamorous than it may appear.
If anyone has any insight into travelling for work, I'm all ears.
Pay wise, it will make up for having to give up a pension. Benefits and bonus structure are fairly parallel.
Quickly looking into flight options for the various locales he would be travelling to (Canada & US mostly), the best he would be able to do for getting home is a midnight landing, followed by a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive home. Otherwise it would mean staying an extra night and landing at 6:30 am plus the drive.
Travelling is part of the nature of that position and isn't something that will go away.
I can't help thinking of the impact on our marriage and on the over all balance of our life.
It is a niche industry and would be what D considers a very smart career move as it would be something that would literally mean he won't have to worry about not being able to find a job, contract or full time in the future. It would open doors to working overseas.
Would that be worth the price to pay? You'd better believe I'd be worried about his drive in the winter time. And I'd probably be staying up to track his flights. We do that now for each other.
I guess I'm well suited to having a husband who travels since I'm pretty independent. But is that really the point?
Lots of thinking out loud going on around here.