i keep forgetting whether or not this question was answered, but how do you deal with work life balance? i'm not afraid of long work hours (i work ~60 hours per week... not a lot by any stretch but it's more than your average 8-5er) and I have a steady relationship but how do you deal with work life when you're going away for quite possibly 65% of your weeks? i realize that each situation/project is different, but in general, how do most people deal with it? After a while, you just get used to it. Where I work, we usually do a 4-1 (fly out Monday, fly back in Thursday evenings), and Fridays are pretty much WFH. Depending on the nature of the engagement, you would either be doing crazy hours for short bursts of time (i.e. sprints) or tough but bearable hours for long amounts of time (i.e. marathons). And of course, that's not including sales trips, conferences, random in-firm consulting to help other projects etc. What I've found is that typically, the transition from industry to consulting is quite difficult given the hours and the travel, although the transition from other industries (say, banking) is not as difficult since they are used to working crazier hours than we are anyway.