Friday, August 31, 2012

Traveling Fool

The first half of the year has been a quiet one for me in terms of travel - intentionally.  Between my surgery in January and my CFA study schedule, I avoided traveling as much as possible this winter/spring!  I ended up only having to do 4 works trips from January - July:  a trip to Chicago, 2 trips to Charlotte and one to Denver.

Well, that is a-changing.  And I am actually happy about it.  I would prefer to backload my travel into the 2nd half of the year.  It's just far too stressful to travel while studying for the CFA!  This weekend kicks off a string of trips, and luckily I get to kick my travel season off with a fun trip!  This weekend I'll be heading to St. Louis to visit Nora and participate in a weekend of pre-wedding festivities!

After my St. Louis trip, I will be doing 3 different trips to random cities in Pennyslvania where I'll be co-presenting at some client events.  Oh and the presentation we are giving is 3 HOURS LONG.  Dear God, whose idea was that (it wasn't ours!).  I'm also sprinkling in a trip to Chicago for an office visit + client visits.  Luckily that trip is coinciding with my niece's first birthday party.  Score!  I love combining business with pleasure.  :)

Then it's back to St. Louis in early October for Nora's wedding!  After that, I'm not sure...  I am doing what is called a "Road Show" in my line of business, which means I am going around and visiting all of our sales offices, promoting what my group does, getting to know the sales reps, and doing some client meetings.  So in the next 4 months, I plan to visit Boston, Nashville, Dallas, Orlando, LA, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle, Denver, and possibly Salt Lake City and Phoenix.  And probably Charlotte at some point.  Luckily I feel a lot more comfortable in my position than I did a year ago when I started to amp up my travel - and I am not battling non-stop sinus infections.  So I am actually excited for these road show trips!  They are coming at a good time as I think being out of the office right now will be good for me.  I am hoping to spend the weekend in a couple of the cities, like Boston and the San Francisco/Sacramento area, and I want to try to visit Austin when I am in Dallas as my friend just moved there from Phoenix.

I'm excited to fly out tonight for St. Louis tonight - I haven't seen Nora since I visited her in Wisconsin last September!  Kind of crazy to think it's been almost a year since I've seen her!  I'll be attending her wedding shower and bachelorette party, both of which should be a blast! 

Have a great weekend - I am so glad it's a long one for us Americans and Canadians!!  I fly back Sunday night and am so glad I have Monday off as I leave Tuesday for my first trip to Pennsylvania and will be there until Thursday. I will need some downtime before that trip as it will be a bit tiring.  I'll have lots of windshield time with my new boss as we travel to these random towns in Pennsylvania...  I guess we will really get to know each other on this trip. 

How will you be spending this (long) weekend?

19 comments:

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Definitely sounds like an exciting and busy time coming up for you! I can't wait for you to visit Boston :) Have so much fun this weekend with Nora!

Melissa said...

Have a fantastic trip, Lisa! I'm going to be working a lot this weekend, so make sure to enjoy it for the both of us :) Also, yay weddings!

tammyroney said...

Have a great weekend! I love to travel!

Donna said...

I hope you enjoy your travels!

I have a packed weeekend coming up - babysitting for a friend tomorrow, hair appointment on Sunday, and I am running a 5k on Monday. I'm hoping to break 30 mins since it's a flat course!

Amy said...

I GOT SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW SACRAMENTO ON THIS LIST. Please keep me posted!

And give Nora a hug for me :)

Raquelita said...

You are going to be a traveling fool. I'm happy to say that I don't plan to do any traveling during the month of September, as I need to get my classes going and establish a schedule for research and writing.

Journey Authentically said...

Awesome--I'd love to have a job that would send me places for work! I'm sure it gets tiring being away from home sometimes--but it sure sounds fun too! 3 hrs will be fine if you're tag teaming--just take a break or two in the middle if possible. People don't want to sit that long and you don't want to talk non stop that long. When I teach my night classes they are three hours long and we usually do 1-2 breaks and I make sure everyone stretches their legs. Going backpacking for the first half of the long weekend and then Moms headed up for some emotional support! :) Enjoy your trip!!

Stephany said...

Orlando?!?! Will you have any time to meet up with meeee?! Even just a quick dinner would be nice! Keep me posted, not sure if you'll be too busy or what but I'd LOVE to meet up with you! I'm only about an hour from Orlando. :)

My long weekend will be spent in Atlanta! I'm really excited to see family I haven't seen in over a year and have a bit of a mini-vacation.

Have a fabulous weekend with Nora!

Caroline said...

Wait.. BOSTON!? :)

Allison said...

When / if you come to Boston, you have to let me know!

And I know I keep saying this, but we really are trying to get to MPLS eventually. It's been ages since we visited my MIL, so hopefully that will happen within the next year or so.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Have fun! Say hi to Nora! I bet you are going to have a great time catching up. I can't believe it's her wedding already. Wasn't it just yesterday we were talking about her getting engaged?

I will see you soon then! I can't wait to hopefully show you around a bit. It may be whirlwind, but it will be fun to return the favor of showing off my city!

Amanda said...

Let me know when you're coming to Nashville! I am basically working all weekend, sadly. It's a super busy season.

pinkflipflops said...

sounds fun! i loooooove nashville. i hope you can do a little sight seeing while you are there. ;) we've had a busy weekend so far. party yesterday, baseball game today.. hopefully relaxxxxxing tomorrow. for sure, clothes folding! ;)

Barb Geier said...

Way to build up the miles! Hope all goes well. It sounds interesting to me, actually!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Somehow I miss this post! (Means I need to clean out my reader).

I have to admit, I am jealous of your road show! That sounds like such a blast!

This weekend I attended the first ISU game, hung out with some great friends and am getting relaxing time in on Sunday and Monday. Great weekend! :)

Becky said...

I hope you had a great weekend with Nora and that September is kind to you with all your travels!

Amber said...

Wow SO MUCH traveling!!!

Keep me updated on when you'll be in Seattle. If it's not too far into winter (bad roads!) and work isn't busy maybe I can make it down there!

San said...

I am so excited that you'll be coming out my way! I can't wait to meet/see you!!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I spent the long weekend cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and watching movies with my sweetie.