Traveling for Work is Like Sleep Away Camp

I know it’s unbecoming to complain, but this week totally sucked for me. I adore my job, but the one part I struggle with is the fact that travel is involved.

Traveling for work never fails to remind me of the one and only time I went to sleep away camp. It was dreadful, really. God only knows what possessed my mother and me to think I would have enjoyed it.

Sleeping bags. Bugs. Sweating. Sports. Crafts. Latrines.

Fuck latrines. Hand to God – I didn’t shit for 7 days. And they treated us to McDonald’s the third day we were there. Talk about uncomfortable.

I digress.

I was away from home for a week. I’m pretty sure I cried every night. I’m very sure I wrote  a letter home

Yes, that does mean that even after I returned home, my parents were still receiving tear-stained letters gushing about how much I missed them.

And now, at 26, not much has changed. I didn’t write Cory any letters, but being gone for 4 days was almost as miserable as sleep away camp. At least this time I had flushing toilets.


  1. says

    My first job out of college was a consulting one where I traveled 75% of the time. At first, I thought it was so cool and felt like an adult. About 3 months in, I started to HATE the travel part (airports, rental cars, hotels, chain restaurants, etc.). That’s when I decided I needed to go back to school! Haha! Don’t you love my decision making process?!

    Enjoy your weekend at home!

  2. says

    Aww! When I read the title, I thought you were going to be raving about traveling for work…I’m sorry that’s not the case!

    I don’t really like being away from home either…I was just thinking this morning about how I went on vacation with a friend/neighbor in middle school and they had to bring me home early. And then I was thinking about another time I almost went on vacation with a friend and had to come home early…IN COLLEGE.

    Recently though, I’ve found I kind of like going away from Mike for a few days because we talk on the phone more. We started dating in high school and were really good friends before that so we talked on the phone all. the. time. I like that connection. I went on vacation with my sisters and didn’t take the time to figure out how to get my phone to work internationally so I just emailed Mike each morning before my sisters got up. I really liked that time to sit and write to him. I actually felt really connected to him. Note to self: intentionally communicate with your husband…you like it.

  3. says

    I really like traveling for work, and I LOVED going to sleep away camp. So much so that in high school and early college I worked at a sleep away camp in a different state for half of the summer :) But I do remember how traumatizing it was for some of my campers. Also- we always had flush toilets…

  4. says

    I’m like you – hate going away! No matters where I go I will always be such a cry baby for the first day. Even when travelling with the hubby! Thankfully my job doesn’t require me to travel. It’d be a nightmare! I’ve had to travel for work training in the past and I hated it. The husband would drop me off on the Sunday and then leave me as he needed toe get home for work the following day. I would cry for hours as he left!

  5. says

    Hahaha love that you don’t censor yourself…because neither do I. Traveling for work is fun for about a week until you realize, well, that it is actually NOT that great. Right there with ya. Happy Friday at least!

  6. says

    LOL, omg… I went to sleep away camp once too. It was MY idea–I begged and begged because I think I was obsessed with the Disney show Bug Juice and thought it would be this amazingly fun experience. UM, NO! I hated every second of it.

  7. says

    Oh my gosh, my mom sent me to 4H camp with I was 10 (ish) and I absolutely hated it too! I had the worst time and never went to any camp again!

  8. says

    OMG… Summer camp blows. I’m glad we’re on the same page.

    The food was my biggest complaint, though. I mean, “reconstituted” eggs? Eff that. Also, I’m 99% sure that week is the reason I cannot stomach meat.

    I went to the “nurse” and told her I wasn’t going to eat and she should call my mom or I would die. She didn’t call. I still hate her for that. I think I survived off of one box of Oreos for seven days. Bullshit.

    Thanks for the painful memories, Colleen. Geez.

  9. says

    Ahhh I’ve been traveling lots for work, too! I just got back from almost 2 weeks away. I really do love traveling, because I feel like I’m in “my element,” but it always feels soooooo good to come home! No matter how nice some of those hotels are, my own bed just feels like heaven :]

    Plus, work travel is NOT as glamorous as people imagine!!!

  10. Jennifer g. says

    Unless you’re put up in the Ritz, I hear ya. Me hates hotels.

    ( I’m actually a reg. reader since Ashley Jonesey posted about you a million years ago. I’ve been lurker since, but for some reasoneim feeling the vibe to show my support 2night. Keep it comin, yo, you’re hilarious!

    • Colleen says

      Thanks, Jennifer! I adore Ashley – we went to college together and were in the same sorority. I love have those kinds of bragging rights. You know, knowing the funniest woman on the planet! 😉

  11. Jennifer g. says

    Eeek! Can I admit my heart skipped a beat when I saw a reply to my comment in my emai?! No? Too nerdy? Mmk, I won’t. (But, I did totes love it and feel way cool “hearing” from you, cause you are hilarious and blog famous, and you, being Jonesey real life friend!!!). Annndd I’ve embarrassed myself enough for one lifetime and will refrain from future comments, maybe promise.

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