When you’re constantly on the road, finding and maintaining work-life balance is a whole different ball game. As a business traveler, you’ve grown accustom to missing loved ones’ birthdays and it’s really no surprise to anyone when you’re jet lagged at family dinner.
Fortunately, with technology and a trend of growing flexibility in the workplace, staying connected with loved ones despite your jet-setting is easier than ever.
In fact, our friend Johnny Jet sees his life full of travel as an advantage when it comes to his relationships—he explains this in the video above. We have to say, we agree.
To help you find the balance, we’ve put together a few of our favorite tips.
Set & Communicate Your Priorities
I’m a firm believer that we can have it all. We don’t have to sacrifice time with family and friends to have a successful career and vice versa. If balance is something you desire, you can find a company to support you in this mission.
That being said, we all have to make sacrifices every now and then. So, it’s important you prioritize and decide what’s most important to you.
Birthdays? Holidays? Weekends? Long vacations? What do you need and what can you be flexible with?
It’s important to prioritize and communicate these choices with those at work and home. This way, your co-workers know when they might need to step in and support you and your family won’t be disappointed when you have to celebrate a birthday a day late.
If travel is a significant part of your job—say you travel weekly or take frequent international trips—you might consider going as far as negotiating a deal that will give you more quality time with your family.
This could mean extra PTO days, plane tickets for your family or being allowed to expense meals for your significant other if they travel with you.
Share Your Plans
Speaking of communication, it’s important to let everyone know where you’re going to be.
Luckily, TripIt makes sharing your itinerary super simple. Share your full itinerary or select only the bits you want to share. You can share via email or take a screenshot and send via text, Slack, Facebook Messenger and more without leaving the app.
TripIt also has an iMessage app to make sharing your plans during conversations completely seamless.
When those in your life know where you’ll be and when, coordinating quality time with them will be much easier.
Tag Along Travel
Bringing someone along for the ride can help cut back on the amount of time you’re spending away from your significant other.
Even though one (or both) of you will be working during this time, you’ll be spending fewer nights in separate beds and will likely be able to share a few meals together.
Ideally, you’ll be able to find some time to explore the destination or do something you normally won’t at home. You can also try and tack on a few extra days of PTO and disconnect from work together.
Cash in Those Frequent Flyer Miles
Whether you’re visiting you parents in your hometown or going on vacation with your significant other, the miles you wrack up on your business trips can help get you there.
If your strategic about the credit cards you use and the airlines you fly, you’ll have plenty of points to cash in on quality time with the people you love.
Connect With Tech
Of course, we can’t always be exactly where we’d like to be. But with today’s tech you can be pretty darn close.
Schedule FaceTime or Skype calls to make a point of checking in as often as necessary. Staying connected to your family and friends is possible as long as you of Wi-Fi.