Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or new to the traveling circuit, being away from your family for the Holidays never gets any easier. But you love what you do and you make it work for you. We know how hard you work and how tough it can be to be far from home, so we’ve put together a list of ways to stay connected to your family while out on assignment during the holidays!
In the age of technology, almost every phone, tablet, computer, even some TVs are capable of video chatting. You can connect two people that are thousands of miles apart within a few seconds. Oh, the sweet sound of video connection, after days, weeks, months a part. Being able to watch your child open their gifts on a screen is better than not being able to witness it at all. Just imagine seeing their little face light up as they show you their new race car or doll, it makes the long hours or the constantly tired feet worth it. It is the little moments you want to experience and keep near your heart while you are away from them. Connectivity in the palm of your hands!
Bring them to you:
Sitting around the office for the last couple of weeks, you get to hear so many traveler stories but the one that stood out and was the most heartwarming was a traveler being overjoyed about seeing her daughter for Thanksgiving. That was just the sweetest thing! She made the most out her stay and doing what would make her happy. Her daughter was flying out to her location to celebrate the holidays! That moment was definitely cherished just as much, if not more, than all of the previous years. It shows the sacrifice and compromise loved ones are willing to make in order to celebrate together. Even if it’s for a day or two, it’s a win-win situation. Holidays are spent with the family and they get a chance explore a new place.
Make your own tradition:
Who says you have to celebrate a holiday when or how everyone else does? You can start your own tradition within your family and celebrate when it’s the perfect time for everyone. Maybe an off day, that can be your Thanksgiving stand in. Grandma’s ham tastes the same, no matter what day it is.
Side note: Though I‘m not a traveler, I know a lot about not being able to spend certain holidays with the one you love. My husband is a cop and last year we got to open gifts as a family the night of Christmas Eve. Now, we have a new tradition, one that we will cherish years to come. See, it doesn’t matter when you spend it, it just matters who you get to spend it with.
Spend time with your newfound co-workers:
Another great benefit of traveling is the chance of meeting and connecting with your new coworkers. After spending 6-12 hours out of your day with them, you’re bound to learn new and interesting things about them. See what their plans are! Are they spending time with their family? Maybe they want to invite you over. If they don’t have plans because they’re away from family too, even better! Now you have some new people to spend time with and celebrate with. You guys can go to a bar, a nice restaurant or cook something wherever you’re staying. These are unforgettable memories that have been made that will last forever..
A big perk about being a traveler is that you get to choose when you want to work and when you get to take a well-deserved break. Remember: you guys work hard and deserve to play even harder for the holidays. Happy holidays to you and yours from your friends at Anders Group!