I enjoyed your Factory Days column about business travel. (See BW Online, 3/23/01, "Planes, Trains, and Sensible Heels")
I spent five years as a journalist and another 15 months or so as a freelance writer and editor working out of my house. Six months ago, I landed a job that requires travel about once a month, including three or four international trips a year.
I have been a bit overwhelmed by it. I mean, it sounds cool to my college buddies and family that I am going to Amsterdam and Singapore, but it scares the hell out of me. The mechanics and logistics, as you wrote, are not nearly as daunting as those feelings of being out-of-place and far from home and my wife.
I think I will take your advice and at least pick my Spanish back up. Oh, and I'll pack a few pictures of my wife for the hotel rooms. Thanks again.
St. Louis, Mo.