You may not know it, but I’m currently out-of-town. Every August, my employer sends me and a couple of others to a neighboring city (about 3.5 hours away) for some annual training on coming changes in the insurance industry. (Not only do I do agricultural loan analysis, but I’m also a licensed insurance agent.)
The drives out there and back are pretty boring, my co-workers are all much older than me and we don’t have much in common, so I usually end up catching up on reading my latest novel or dozing off to sleep here and there.
The training sessions are boring and it can be hard to stay awake. In fact last year I may have dozed off for a minute or two during the Friday morning session, oops!
So, why do I love business trips?
The best part about business trips is that they give me an excuse to get out-of-town for a day or two at little to no expense to me! The gas is paid for, the food is paid for, the evening entertainment is usually paid for, I get paid my regular wage for the days I’m gone and I don’t have to be in the office, SCORE!
Once we get out there and get checked in to our hotel and training conference, we get to go down to a big street mall about one block away and eat at a fun new restaurant for lunch. I usually let my co-workers pick since I’m the low man on the totem pole, at least out of the group that goes to the training, but I’ve never had to eat anywhere awful, plus it doesn’t cost me anything.
After lunch, we head back for the afternoon training session, which lasts until about 5:00 pm. Next we get changed into some more comfortable clothes and head out to a sports bar for supper, which is on the way to the MLB baseball game we attend every year with everyone from the whole conference. None of these activities cost me anything, it only costs me if I decide to get a drink or snack during the game, but usually my boss pays for that too!
Once the game is over, we walk back to the hotel and stop every so often to get a drink at the bars, which are all over the area. (Ok, ok, we stop at nearly all the bars on the way back!) Usually someone from the insurance provider company hosting the training is in most of the bars we stop at, so our drinks are usually free there too. Sometimes we stop and get cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory!
Usually I’m thoroughly smashed by the time I get back to the hotel, so I pass out in bed after eating a snack. Friday morning everyone is tired and slightly hung-over, so we start out the day with a sugary breakfast and lots of coffee. After the session is over we pack up, jump in the car and stop at the edge of town on our way home to have some lunch. We plan things just right so we get back home around 5:00 pm so now it’s the weekend.
Ahh bliss! If only every “work” week were like this (but maybe without so much drinking…)!
This year, my BFF and her hubby are coming out for a visit and will probably be getting to town only a couple hours after me tonight. I can’t wait to see what kind of frugal fun we have this weekend!
Do you have any big weekend plans?
Photo courtesy of: Zach Zupancic