Input from the Road Warriors with a Family...
Not sure what forum to put this in so I'll put it in "Travel":
Without being too specific, I've been presented a job opportunity that is not easy to dismiss. I didn't go looking for it, it came to me. It would be a significant bump in pay -- like 20% -- with other benefits that would be good for our family in the long-run, but travel would be a regular part of the job.
Right now I am a middle school principal so other than maybe 3 or 4 conferences per year, I'm in my bed in my house every night. If I accept this new opportunity, there will be regular travel involved. I worked for Deloitte back in the early 2000s so I'm familiar with extended consulting engagements where you fly out every Sunday night and home every Friday night - that's no fun... This is not that kind of travel. More like flying out on a Monday evening, presentations or meetings at a client site on Tuesday morning, flying back Tuesday evening or early Wednesday. This could be 3-4 times a month. Other than that, the work is fairly flexible and I would be in an office in my home.
My wife is 100% supportive of this opportunity so it's really me who is nervous about getting in over my head. One positive trade off for me is that with the new job when I'm home, I'd be able to walk my kids to and from school (something I can't do at all now).
So for those of you who travel frequently for work, how do you maintain a healthy balance?