The plane landed and I hurriedly walked to meet my ride. After having been gone for a five day business trip, I was eager to meet my family at my son’s flag football game. After we shared hugs and heard about the kids’ week, my husband informed me that he had moved everything out of our office to install some carpet. “Oh!” I said, trying to manage my surprise. He went on to say, “I labeled anything that I moved and organized it in bags and laundry baskets so you can find it.” Unsure what to say next, I replied, “Wow, that was a lot of work!” Inside, I was a mess of emotions ranging from, “Oh my, I wasn’t ready yet!” to, “I can’t believe he moved all my paperwork! How will I find…” to, “He was just trying to finish a project we had been planning,” to, “Don’t blow up. He put a lot of work into this. Show him respect. Calm down. It had to be done at some point.” Read More
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Visiting new places, trying unfamiliar food, indulging in unique cultures, and seeing exotic sites are great ways to experience life to its fullest. However, traveling without your partner can be tough. When you travel for business, it can be hard to focus on work when you know your partner is not physically with you.
As a member of the PREPARE/ENRICH team, I travel a few times a year and it typically doesn’t bother me to be out of town for a few days. Earlier this week, I traveled from Minnesota to California to attend the Exponential West conference. Before I left, I was already feeling anxious about missing my husband. As I was packing my suitcase the night before my flight, I began to prepare for my time away from him more intentionally.
In attempt to help you be more intentional next time you travel without your partner, I’ve created a list of tips, complete with examples, to ease the stress of travel on your relationship.