Poll: How often do you have to travel for your work?
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Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
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Never Apr 9

(unless you count a set of stairs into the basement)

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Ricki Farn
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Never Apr 9

Since I retired from my in-house job in 2006 and till 2015 I was a digital nomad between Brussels and Lisbon not for work, but for family reasons (mainly my mother’s age and health). I used to fly at least twice a month and though this arrangement suited me fine at the time, I got so tired of airports and planes that I haven’t traveled since. That’s one of the reasons why I decided in 2015 to move back to Lisbon. Now I'm much happier sticking close to home and work-wise I became extremely attached to my own space

Susanna Martoni
 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
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Never Apr 9

I think they mean long journeys.
I only have one yearly week-long interpreting job in a nearby town, 15-20 minutes by car.
And the accountant is 35 kilometres away, so I occasionally go there.
Everything else is done from home.


 

Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
Canada
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Never Apr 9

Never, but I am not against it. I love travelling.

 

Ricki Farn
Germany
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English to German
Never Apr 9

That's one of the main reasons I'm a freelancer. Employees can be forced to go places.

Alexandra, you have a point - to see my tax accountant, I have to take the subway and even change trains in the city center. That's over three kilometers! (Actually, he knows that I hate that, so he sometimes just turns up and rings my doorbell to bring me my binders.)

#digitalbarnacle


 

Maria Silvestri  Identity Verified
United States
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Flexibility Apr 9

As a freelancer, I occasionally have to travel for another part-time job, and then I take my laptop with me and pick up translation projects if time permits.

While I have had a few offers for some on-site projects over the years, once I started explaining travel expenses I expected the client to cover (as is the norm in business), they quickly decided to pursue other options, which was fine with me, too.

I like the ability to be a digital nomad sometimes and when I want to, but normally I'm that person at home alone for days on end!


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Almost never Apr 9

I very rarely have to leave the house for work purposes nowadays. Today I had to go into town to see my accountant about the quarterly tax return, so I suppose that is work-related. The journey there and back takes an hour and a half, but I usually try to kill two birds with one stone and do some shopping or whatever at the same time.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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I voted once or twice a year Apr 10

I have occasionally travelled to make a voice recording for a client, but I travel once a year to the Danish powwow, wherever it is... and have been really sorry when I had to miss it!
My son´s wedding took precedence one year!

It´s in Sorø this year… Vi ses, men det foregår på dansk!


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Other Apr 10

Now? Never.

When I worked full-time I traveled constantly throughout Latin America to translate at conferences, before the advent of the Internet. When I lived in Mexico, I made 9 trips to international conferences in less than two years. Later, for several years I traveled twice a year to work as a précis-writer at conferences. Now, never. And I like it that way.


 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2014)
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Not anymore Apr 11

I've done it a lot before. I even travelled twice to remote job sites, and I lived in a mining town for six months in 2011 due to my job.
But now, I'll refuse any such job for sure. I'm 52 now. I no longer have to submit myself to this type of "adventure".


 


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