I’ll be the first to admit it’s not easy being a mom. Being a working mom is even harder, and working and traveling more difficult yet. A good support system (and the occasional glass or two of wine) definitely helps me get through it – my husband being at the forefront. He often travels with me and the kids, many times staying behind with them in the hotel room while I’m out on a zipline adventure tour or even staying at home when I’m on a media preview cruise to the Bahamas.
Work-only trips are a little easier in some ways now that the kids aren’t babies anymore; they’re not easier to leave, but they do understand what I do and that I have to go and do it – and that I will be back as soon as I can be.
Balancing working and traveling and being a mom is a job in itself, and is one that I sometimes don’t want to do. But it can all be worth it when I get to take my family on a trip we might not otherwise take, stay in a hotel that’s beyond our budget, or visit a sight or attraction through their eyes. It’s worth it to stay up late or get up super early to get that article in on deadline, or to plan out a trip that will be a combination business trip and vacation. Or to cook a few meals ahead of time so that the family doesn’t have to resort to takeout food while I’m traveling.
Do you combine business and vacation travel? How do you cope?