I’ve come across a study by Lennart Dimberg, a senior occupational health specialist, detailing that numerous long distance business trips are bad not only for an employee’s well-being, but also for that of the spouse left behind. In fact, the study stated that partners of frequent overseas business travelers file twice as many medical claims for psychological stress as those of non-traveling workers. Further, it stated that spousal claims triple if workers travel four or more times a year, and the toll is greater for unexpected trips than for planned ones. It’s cited that disruption of family routines, loneliness, resentment and conflict between the needs of weary, returning travelers and left behind spouses are the main issues.
I can’t say much about it personally, because thankfully we are not dealing with the same situation. I guess, making the most out of the situation is the most one can do, more so if business travel is really inevitable and there’s no other choice.