When you’re a full time internet marketer one the best parts is being able to travel and work from anywhere in the world. Recently I have found myself traveling every single month whether for work or just for fun/vacation. Traveling to new places is an important part of being a human. It is in our nature to want to explore new areas and experience new cultures. Traveling can be incredibly useful to rejuvenate your creative thinking and create new neural pathways in your brain, literally making you smarter! In this post i’m going to share a handful of tips that I have learned that have helped me over the years.
The Art of the “Working Vacation”
Many times when people go on vacation they set rules for themselves that are not reasonable. No phones, no wifi, no computer, etc. Whenever I am traveling somewhere I do not like to completely unplug. Having a “no work” policy on vacation can actually be very counter intuitive. It can become very stressful when you know in the back of your mind that there are multiple tasks to be completed when you return that you are refusing to make any progress on while you are traveling. The thought of having a lot on your plate when you return will be even more stressful than if you just took a little time each day to complete important tasks. You may return from vacation feeling even more stressed than when you left when you return to an enormous “to-do” list.
I am a huge proponent of the “working vacation”. For me, knowing that I am traveling AND getting things done is an amazing feeling. When you dedicate a set amount of time each day to completing important tasks it frees up your mind for the rest of the day to do whatever you want. You won’t be constantly thinking about what needs to be done when you get back because you already made progress on it that day. When you actually get things done while traveling it allows you to travel more frequently, which is a win-win. Would you rather take 1-2 trips a year where you completely “un-plug” or travel every single month while still maintaining and growing your business?
While traveling it is important to focus on only the most important tasks in your business. This means no pointless calls, emails and Skype messages. Those can wait. You need to set limits with those that you are in contact with so they know what to expect. Let people know that you are traveling and to not expect to hear from you for X amount of time. Then if you do choose to respond to them it will be unexpected. Under promise, over deliver.
Make a specific daily plan of what you want to accomplish. While I am traveling I like to work for about 2-hours per day. However what I found is that since that time frame is so small, I am able to accomplish what would normally take 4 hours in half the time.
Forget all social media while you are traveling. Turn off Facebook. Sign out of Snap/IG and Skype. Turn OFF your phone. You would be surprised how much you can actually get done with zero other distractions. You should challenge yourself to see how much you can get done in a small 2 hour time frame every day. This may be one hour in the morning and one hour at night. The rest of the day will be yours to go anywhere and do anything you want!
Most importantly, you must put all work aside and enjoy your surroundings outside of your daily time limit. Set an alarm for the amount of time you want to work and when the alarm goes off slam your computer shut and leave your hotel / airbnb and go enjoy your surroundings. I promise that mastering the art of the working vacation will allow you to travel much more frequently and have more fulfilling experiences, minus the stress of a massive “to do” list when you return.