There is a balancing act to travel, blogging, and travel blogging. People seem to look at travel bloggers and think we are out experiencing the world 24/7. I wish this was true, but then there wouldn’t be a blog. As travel bloggers we have to balance the time we spend out sightseeing and experiencing a place with hunkering down in front of the laptop and writing about it all. There are days where I feel tethered to technology and social media. Then, of course, there are days where I can’t get one smidgen of a bar of cell service and just go off the grid. I actually find myself enjoying both days, but I always feel bad when I can’t get out and enjoy myself because there is work to be done.
Balancing travel and writing about travel is tricky. It has taken me a while to learn the art of slowing down and allowing myself to really enjoy the place we are visiting rather than just blogging about the place we are visiting. I also learned that it is okay to take a day, or two, or sometimes three off from blogging to just be where you are and experience and live life. After all, that’s what the blog is all about: getting the scoop by living in the places we visit. There are times when we will spend a month in a given place so that we can work on the blog and other projects we dive into for the sake of traveling the globe. These month long stints are great for us so that we don’t get burnt out with all the constant speed of moving from one place to the next.
Here I am walking with our tour guide, Carmen, and travel manger, Roxana, from ABC Travel Romania.
Now, spending a month long stay every couple months isn’t always possible for us and our lifestyle. In these cases I need to get creative and keep up with balancing work and play on the road. How do I do this? Here are four quick tips I’ve picked up along the way:
- Write in between destinations – on trains, plaines, and automobiles. This can be tough and tiring. Sometimes you just want to relax and close your eyes, but taking the time on your flight means that you have more time to explore when you land.
- Set goals – schedule your big ticket items and even small ones throughout your week. Figure out what you want done by what date. This will let you know what you need to work on in between.
- Set realistic expectations – Don’t try to reach for the moon. Save yourself the stress and don’t try to get fifty blog posts out in three days. Instead plan for two to three a week. As your blog grows and writing becomes second nature your blog post will flow more naturally and you’ll be able to get more written in a week.
- Relax – Nothing gets done over night. Good things take time. You get the picture. You won’t be an instant success. Even if you’re just traveling for pleasure you need to make sure you relax. I sometimes find that I am more anxious about figuring out what I’m going to do in a new place than enjoying my time relaxing in a new place.
Now over to you, what are some of your tips and ticks for balancing work and play?