For many of us, travel isn’t only a leisure activity, it’s also a part of our jobs. Whether it’s 300 days per year or just a week or two, business travel can take a toll, which is why it’s important to find balance. That was the theme of our April Twitter chat, so we partnered with the Canadian travel blogging couple The Planet D to get their insights on how they live a life of travel while still keeping everything else in their life well balanced. It isn’t always easy, but there are some tips and tricks we can all learn to better manage our work and personal lives.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Finding Balance Between Life and Travel.
The Perfect Length
Not every business trip is made the same, but an important aspect of those trips is their length. How long is too long? Is there a perfect length? Do you ever combine personal with work travel? We asked these questions of our chat participants and the answers provided a lot of insight.
- @toddotodd makes a point to never fly on the weekends, which also helps make sure he’s at home for important events with his kids.
- The @TrippinTwins say that they often extend trips, especially cities where they know people!
- Chat cohost @OrlandoChris made the great point that when travel is your business, every trip is a pleasure.
- Participant @monikarun says she loves to extend her trips or join her husband on his work trips.
While not appropriate on every business trip, taking your significant other along with you can be a lot of fun and adds a whole new level to the travel experience. We asked our followers for their thoughts on taking your significant other with you on work trips.
- Chat cohost @RickGriffin says he loves to take his wife with him on trips–she keeps him on track!
- Our special chat guests, @theplanetd, have a unique point of view since they work and travel together full time. While not for everyone, they love it.
- Balance is important though as @LeeAbbamonte pointed out when he said that it depends entirely on the destination and how much work you’ll be doing.
- Traveling with her husband to the Bahamas while she was working was the perfect mix for @tablefortwoblog-–a great memory even if work was involved.
Most times our partners can’t join us on work trips, so it’s important to stay connected and to keep the relationship strong. We were curious, so we asked everyone for their top tips on staying connected with loved ones back home.
- The most popular answer by far was Skype and FaceTime–wonderful technological advances that make staying connected so easy.
- For @VoyagerVicki it depends on who she’s staying connected with–for the parents it’s Skype but for everyone else Facebook and email work best.
- Sometimes old methods work great too as @TravelPast50 pointed out–they send postcards to mom!
For people who travel a lot, finding quality time for friends and family isn’t easy. Finding balance is so very important in life and our followers had some great ideas on how to achieve it.
- Our special guests @theplanetd said that they made a conscious choice to slow down more and take time between travels so that they can see friends & family.
- @winederlusting says that inviting friends and family to join on trips is fun and a great way to keep those ties strong.
- Coffees, dinners and other special moments dedicated to catch up time is how @monikarun keeps her friendships intact.
While there are some drawbacks to travel, there are also a lot of perks as our followers pointed out.
- For @theplanetd the perks are many including opportunities to explore new cultures and destinations, spectacular meals and chances to make new friends.
- According to @LeeAbbamonte some of the perks include heavily subsidized trips, which are even more fun when you bring your partner along.
- Making a great point, @winederlusting said that space is good for any relationship, and work gives you a great excuse to have some “me time.”
How do you find balance in life and travel?
Don’t forget to join us for the next #TripItChat on May 21st at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern when we will be talking about Adventure Travel!