Mental baggage during work travel

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Prompt #16: BAGGAGE
Mental baggage can weigh us down as much as physical baggage when we travel. How do you travel lightly – either emotionally or physically?

 One of the perks of my job is (if you do your work well enough), we get to fly overseas to cover events.

The first I heard of this, my eyes went wide and my brain starting imagining all sort of wonderful places I could go. But since I was a freshie, my boss didn’t let me go on any trips until I was about a year plus into the job.

It was to Taiwan, my mother’s home country. Coincidentally, my parents were also going there at the same period.

Unfortunately, it was a difficult event that I had to cover. It involved microprocessor chips, which I frankly was not that familiar with.

Anyway, I extended my work trip so I arrive in Taipei some days before the event for travelling with the folks.

It was the most stressful travel. Every day, I had to think of my work. “Have I finished all my preparations?” “Will I understand what they announce at the event?”

The trip was still fun and exciting. But every night in the room, I would panic over my work. I also had to do some work in the morning while my parents went in search of breakfast.

After that trip, I decided that it’s not worth a free plane ticket if I get so worried about work while I’m supposed to have fun. Since then, I only travel on my own expenses.

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This post is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel. Day 16: Baggage.

The rest of my posts for the project can be found here.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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