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April 4, 2016

What is it like to travel for work?

Jennifer Kumar, the Managing Director of Authentic Journeys has been traveling for her work since she started her career after graduating from college. In the video below, Jennifer shares her experiences about traveling for work, how she got to India, why she went to India and is now living in India for a second time, and some of the realities of traveling for work. 

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Time table of topics discussed in the video:
0-2:35 - Introduction to topic and a sampling of who Authentic Journeys works with (Company FAQ)

2:35 – 5:15 - The fortune telling parrot (a personal story)

5:15 – 7:50 Why was I traveling for my work since before I even started my career?
In this section, I speak about how my initial career passion, and how I got to India. Initially, my passion was to work as an international student advisor. I was told I should study abroad to qualify for this job, but lacked the actual skill for this work that I had so much passion for, so my career took a bit of a detour, or so it seems, for sometime. While this detour may have deterred me, it was a critical stepping stone to getting back to what I really loved to do and wanted to do.
7:50 – 12:25 - What was it like to travel around the countryside in New York for my job? Here, I talk more about the hidden costs of traveling everyday for work and how to balance the hidden costs of traveling with getting the actual job done!

12:25 – 18:25 - Travel I have done for Authentic Journeys. I speak about some common questions about traveling for work that I never asked but learned on the job... while traveling!  
  • Which places have I traveled to in India for work?
  • What is it like to travel for work?
  • What are some of the realities and pitfalls?
  • How do you finish all your work, when you are spending most of your time in airports, hotels, taxis or en route to the next client site or client meeting?
  • How do you track your time, expenses, and what funds do you use to fund your business travel? 
  • What are some differences about traveling domestically versus internationally? (See this post for traveling to the US from India.)
  • What are all the things you get to do when you travel? 
  • Do you have time to do all your work? 
  • How do you prepare for business travel? 
  • Is there really time for fun, downtime and site seeing?
18:25 – 25:00 - Can do you “do things” onsite? This section is for you if you are traveling onsite to the US. What is it like to go onsite in the US for work? Prepare your presentations, meeting agendas, and other work-related materials before traveling domestically or abroad for work. Is there going to be time to site see or do fun activities after work when onsite in the US? Tips for doing fun, free things in the US. 

Some posts on traveling in the US: Free WifiRest Stops | Compare/Contrast Hotel/Motel 

Jennifer Kumar helps you to use your time wisely while traveling for work. Together we can help you prepare for your meetings, presentations, and business interactions more effectively so that you can also get to enjoy some of the local flavor of the area you are traveling to. Contact us to start your one on one corporate coaching sessions today. 

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We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.