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How To Make Time for Travel If You’re Too Busy

By Robin Salvador @vinzsalvador23

Too busy to travel? Think Again.

How To Make Time for Travel if You're Too Busy

Between work, family, and your social life, does anyone really have time to travel? Our busy lifestyles have made it harder and harder to find the time to travel. But every time you see your Instagram feed filled with Costa Rican beaches and selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge, the travel bug seems to bite a little harder.

So, how do you find the balance between your everyday responsibilities and finding the time to travel? Here, we've got the tips to make sure you don't go another three years before your next vacation.

Prioritize Traveling

It's not hard to imagine that working for years straight without traveling can lead to burnout and poor mental health. So, even though you might love your job, it's important to make travel a priority.

Traveling is the perfect way to relax, gain new perspectives, and give yourself some free time to recharge. So, by prioritizing travel, it's actually a smart move for the rest of your life as well. Never underestimate the power of rest. You'll feel energized and ready to take on the world once you get back to the real world.

Travel on the Weekends

Sometimes, all you need is a quick weekend getaway. Whether its a camping trip in your local area or a city trip up the east coast, there are tons of ways to travel when you only have weekend days free.

There's a lot you can do and see over a two-day period and using your weekends wisely is an easy way to travel with a busy schedule. Make sure to plan your itinerary though, because time is of the essence.

Overall, using your weekends to travel throughout the year gives you the best of both worlds when you have a busy work schedule.

Extend Your Business Trips

If you travel a lot for business, but not very often for pleasure, extend your trip to include both!

Often, when we travel for conventions or business meetings, we end up staying in the hotel or convention center without really experiencing the city. But, these conferences are often in some of the most exciting cities in the world - like Chicago, New York, Austin, and Atlanta.

So, why not extend your trip? Even just an extra day to explore will make a huge difference. Try to schedule your meetings toward the end of the week so that you can extend the trip through the weekend. Bring your family along and take advantage of those expensed flights!

You Can Be Productive While Traveling

Workaholics with busy schedules often look at travel in a black and white way. There's this idea that if you're working, there's no time to rest and if you're traveling, you can't get anything done.

If you're super busy but you want to see the world, remember that you can still be productive while traveling. To stay productive while traveling, here are some tips:

  • Adjust your work to fit the moment. For example, make calls while you're driving but not while you're waiting for news about your delayed flight. Conversely, answer emails while waiting for a flight but not while you're driving. Hopefully, this is obvious but... you never know.
  • Know what you're dealing with. Does your hotel offer free wifi? Will you have access to an outlet to charge your laptop for a video call?
  • Commit to your schedule. If you want to be productive while you travel, you have to commit. No matter if it's loud and busy or the weather is gorgeous, make a schedule and stick to it. Even just working for an hour a day while you travel will help you feel on top of things.
  • Take advantage of being unavailable. Oftentimes, busy people find it hard to disconnect. So, when you're on an airplane or out of wifi range, use that time to read, write, and do all the productive things you're usually too distracted to do.
  • Don't overdo it. The point of being productive while traveling isn't to work as hard as you would while you're at home. Instead, it's about balance and easing those worries of getting behind. Remember to rest and beware of burnout.

Overall, knowing that you can be productive while traveling can help get busy people get excited to get away. Still, don't get carried away or you'll miss the point of traveling in the first place.

Make the Most of Your Vacations

With only 24 hours in a day, busy people don't like to waste time. So, traveling even though you're super busy is all about making the most of the vacations you do take.

If you're a busy person who only has time to travel once a year (or less), making the most of your travel will help you have the best experience possible with your limited time.

For example, you might choose a city where there's a lot to do without spending much time driving or finding your way around. Or, you might visit a few neighboring cities all in one trip. Or, you might do something completely different and pick a remote location where you stay-put and maximize your time in nature.

One way to maximize your trip is by storing your luggage to avoid wasted time carrying everything with you. It's great for when you've already checked out of your Airbnb but still have hours until your flight. Or, if you've taken a road trip and don't want to risk leaving everything in your car.

There are many ways to make the most of your vacation, so we'll leave the itinerary to you. Generally, there's always time to travel, so long as you prioritize it and maximize the travel time you do have.

How do you fit traveling into your busy lifestyle?


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