I called a friend that day and realised that he was overseas on a meeting.
I went home to my inlaws for dinner and realised that my bother in law was in China for a presentation.
Be it marketing, management or even like me, a software implementor, travelling overseas is not uncommon anymore. The business world is borderless. No one can ever be confined to the borders of their Identity Card anymore.
For me as a mother, it is very hard to be away from my husband and kid. I gave up my previous job when the travelling started to become too frequent. When I was away from home, my prepaid phone card only lasted me a day or two. And I would have to consciously think of all that I wanted to say before I called to avoid wasting money on empty talk!
This current job I am holding also requires me to travel, but to a lessor extent. Everytime I travel, I thank God for 2 things-the phone and the internet. In New York, I would make a beeline to phone companies to get a phonecard! Calling home now a days is so much easier. And thanks to these phonecard companies, the rates to call home are getting more and more competitve and somewhat cheap!
So the next time you or any of your loved ones travel, remember to check out the phonecards available and make the distance closer! Then maybe all of us can still have a high flying (literally) career!