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Old 03-26-2017, 04:33 PM   #1
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I've never been a gypsy! Well I take that back I worked in Spartanburg, SC.
for three months. So they say, I'll be gone till Christmas.

This will be 6- 10's so traveling home for one day will be tough, 3.5/hrs one way.

Any was, I was pondering if there's any good hints, options, opinions, insights, to be gained from anybody that travels for extended periods?

It won't be that bad, I'll be at the beach!
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I've never been a gypsy! Well I take that back I worked in Spartanburg, SC.
for three months. So they say, I'll be gone till Christmas.

This will be 6- 10's so traveling home for one day will be tough, 3.5/hrs one way.

Any was, I was pondering if there's any good hints, options, opinions, insights, to be gained from anybody that travels for extended periods?

It won't be that bad, I'll be at the beach!
My opinion... If you have kids don't do it, you will miss too much and you can't get it back. If you do end up doing it and you have kids, make sure to Skype or FaceTime on a daily basis if possible.

If your single... Have fun!
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Kids are grown, one looking to be there every weekend, lol - it's not an issue.
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6 10's.... What type of down time and hours will you have?

You could look at the Meetup site, they usually post all kinds of things going on, so you could do stuff with the locals.

https://www.meetup.com
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Find a hotel within walking distance of a bar that can spell cognac

Find a decent greasy spoon , tip the waitresses good, and ask about town if you need info

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CS has it down. ^+1. Mind your discretionary spending and you can kill it for a while.
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This.
You are only there to make money.
Live on your per diem and bank your check.
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I spent a lot of time in my early career working 7-12's. The nice thing about those is that you didn't have time to spend any money. So you were making way more money while spending way less.
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This is commonplace with us. We do many remote contract jobs and top guys to rsend our un them. The younger guys with chikdren have the most issues. Boredom when off site can cause problems depending on the location.
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First week or two are exciting to be doing something new. After that it sucks. Sure the money's good. Took my family to Disney that Christmas. But while I was gone I usually am lonely. Don't like doing it anymore, and stay in town as much as possible. Missed a whole summer of my kids soccer games. Never get that back.
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Who says he gets a per diem?
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**** a hotel dude. Till xmas? That will crush your soul and individuality. I know it's a bit more work for clean sheets and dishes but make them rent you an appt or house. Might even be homecheaper for them. I'm kinda outdoorsy so when I'm sent off long term I always look for like a resort/ sports cabin kinda thing. No way I'm LIVING in a sterile purposely neutral and bland room for such a large chunk of my life... the money isn't that good that you should sacrifice your personally to a room meant to be devoid of it. GL

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Who says he gets a per diem?
If the employer isn't paying for two meals and living expenses I wouldn't do it.
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Agreed, for a weekend or a few days doing a commissioning job or similar is one thing but when it's going to be more than a few weeks, NO WAY!

That will feel more like a prison sentence!
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Live on a fraction of the per diem and bank it.
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definitions: extended travel


extended travel: ordering breakfast with an unlimited refill bloody mary, and the waitress gives you one to go.






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as others said - make sure you GET perdiem, and you are under budget.

also, negotiate for week off at Tday and 10 days at xmas - undconditionally.

be helpful for 2 or 2 1/2 day weekends every 2nd week to prevent burnout. 1 day off is for sleeping and gives you bad morale.
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Long time ago I used to work on the outer islands a lot of the time. It was usually pretty fun even though the boss worked us longer hours . For instance: Lanai was dead , nothing to do ,,, except learn how to drift a rental car at high speed since there was only one police officer on duty at any given time for the whole island......

Maui was always a drunken blur. Big island jobs were lots of fun doing off duty things like trapping wild pigs and fishing off the cliffs.

I contracted and remodeled a few dozen rooms at the Coco Palms hotel in Kaui a few decades ago. Most boring time of all . It's pretty over there though.
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