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You can address this several ways:
1. Have your main catalog, along with your images, on a removable drive. Run this from the Macbook when traveling. Then connect it to the iMac when home. (difficulty level: easy)
2. Have a separate small catalog on the MacBook. Then when you get back, use File > Import as Catalog to bring all your work into your iMac (difficulty Level: medium)
3. Synchronize your catalog across the two computers using Dropbox or other sync tools. Use Smart Previews to go portable, and merge new images back into your main storage when you return (difficulty level: hard)
The tutorials I’ve listed above were developed with LR5, but I’ve been using the same techniques through LR6 and LR CC.
Thanks so much. I've been using the second method. The first risks losing everything while traveling. I'm going to try method 3 and see how it goes.