What Work Travel Actually Looks Like

What Work Travel Actually Looks Like

Travelling for work is a privilege and you are not allowed to complain about it.

The sacrifice is time away from your friends and family. The bonus is also time away from your friends and family.

While I don't always enjoy being away, it creates a reluctant balance in my life. One that lets me focus on the task at hand and return to my real life with a new longing and appreciation that lasts for at least a week — I'm kidding — I love my family and home so much, but time away can be important. It is equal parts relationship and sanity preservation.

Every now and again I find myself in a hotel room bed covered in potato chip crumbs, watching late night television, clothes strewn about, missing my family, and wondering how to adjust the thermostat (and by every now and again I mean every work trip). It's not glamorous, but it's how shit gets done. 

 Why is it so bright in here?

Why is it so bright in here?

 You do realize I'm travelling alone right? Now I am just depressed. I'll take the extra cookie. 

You do realize I'm travelling alone right? Now I am just depressed. I'll take the extra cookie. 

 Oh god, not this again.

Oh god, not this again.

 I can't even remember where I am right now.

I can't even remember where I am right now.

 There's green stuff on top of my cardboard box lunch. Technically this constitutes a healthy lunch.

There's green stuff on top of my cardboard box lunch. Technically this constitutes a healthy lunch.

 I just woke up at 1:30am my time to catch this flight. (insert expletive here)

I just woke up at 1:30am my time to catch this flight. (insert expletive here)

 I probably just paid $15 for these gummy bears. 

I probably just paid $15 for these gummy bears. 

 Detoxing luxury soap? WTF?

Detoxing luxury soap? WTF?

 If only they were all like this. 

If only they were all like this. 

 Awesome, the client sprung for one of these really swanky joints. Is that smell my feet? 

Awesome, the client sprung for one of these really swanky joints. Is that smell my feet? 

 I swear I asked for one bed. 

I swear I asked for one bed. 

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Chris Stenberg is a Canadian researcher, filmmaker and photographer specializing in the expression of cultural understanding through film and photography. He is the founder of VideoResearch, a documentary research and production agency; and The Photo Lesson, a place to learn photography online.