Thursday, November 8, 2007

Budget and Travelling


I work for a very fast growing multinational Logistics company in Kuwait. I am proud to be a member of such a big organization. But often we face issues of Budgets in doing everything that is important. Before 2 months I was expected to travel to states for a Global Marketing Meeting and I couldn't travel just because they didn't have a budget for my trip. Fair Enough...I felt may be I am not an important part of that meeting and I accepted it and let it go.

Just recently when I have already planned my personal trip to New York and Washington and while I was in Dubai for a 1 day meeting, during general discussion my VP got to know that I am traveling to states. So here is the conversation between him and me.

VP: Glad to know you are coming to states, hey Amu a quick one how about while you are there you come for a meeting to LA for 2 days after you finish with your vacation...

Me: *sarcastically* for...

VP: well I am sorry what happened last time we couldn't invite you there because we are really packed with budget. So I was thinking why not as you are there come for a two days meeting for the Intranet and website.

Me: sounds good

VP: great so you can see our American Head quarters in LA and meet a few new people too. If you say yes I can ask K to do the bookings for you and we will cover you for any extras during the time you are with us.

Me: *thinking-is he acting smart or stupid, he wants me to come to LA for the meeting but is showing me the other side of it to get me there*. Fine by me but I will be in Washington?

VP: Don't worry we will book you on Jet Blue from there to LA.

Me: I will be waiting for the flight details so I can change my return dates from NY on BA.

Does every one faces the same problem? The problem with this company is most of the people I feel travel for no reason. Its like breakfast in Bahrain, lunch in Dubai and dinner back in home. I just hate the idea that they wanted me to be there for the meeting and they invited unnecessary people who are not even good for it.

So now my travel plans are all messed up. I will be flying one place to the other most of the time. Its really annoying because I wanted my trip to be relaxing!

11 comments:

'Grey' said...

I was reading your blog ! lol!

Amethyst said...

That sucks! But maybe you'll enjoy it. Think positive.

ammaro.com said...

oh man.. thast messed up... but there are a few good points here:

1- LA is really nice, so hopefully you'll get to see a new place.

2- definately make it a part of the job, but also a holiday. so you get to go and meet ppl during the morning, but not officially. make sure you make that point. and then later in the afternoon/night you get to go out and check out different places

3- make sure you dont cut ur holiday short. you leave DC whenever you were supposed to and instead of coming back, you go to LA. try to leech a few days there as well to be able to treat it like a holiday ie, go to work for 2 days or so, but stay in LA for like 5 or something :p

overall, make it something good.

if you really dont feel like it, tell them you have something back in kuwait and have to be back on time or so...

Ra7aLaH said...

yallah ma3lih inshallah u'll enjoy it!

chikapappi said...

I dunno why you are complaining! I'd louve top travel all week long :/ safe trip & enjoy

Amu said...

grey: *confused*

amethyst: I am...

ammaro.com: thanks for the gr8 tips :)

ra7alah: I hope I will...

chika: When you are traveling 5 times in a month you start hating it!! I am not complaining about me traveling I am complaining here about how I am being treated!!

Vixen said...

I guess you should make the most of it, and try to have a nice time there n___n Maybe you'll still manage to relax

OutOfReach said...

I didnt read the post yet i'm just checking and i really really love the song lol :P
i'm going to read the post later bs endmjat ma3a el song mali mazaj agra right now ;P

Desert-Roses said...

Loook Hon I was trying to leave a comment here for u ..bs ur blog hates me cuz 9ar kind of internet error...
ggrrrr I hate lama y9eer chithi...
anyways, in short...ana a8ool bro e7med rabek cuz '3arek masaferaw abad..and am one of them... :P...a9lan ana zain m6la3at 3yoni..9al 3ala 3omrek..a5af e6ee7 feek el 6ayara..besebiti..hehe

Maze said...

khallas 3ad...do what ur VP wants and if u still dislike to idea tell him that u got a friend who would love to be in LA...looool

Navy Girl said...

i like it ! i mean i think its fun to go travel around the world with one day ;P