10 Tips For Working Moms That Travel

12 Aug

Who doesn’t love a good travel getaway or vacation? Whether it’s within your home state, home country or international, the ability to travel while working and running your own business can often seem unreachable. I’m here to report that it’s doable for working mothers! Here are 10 tips for working moms that travel.

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I am currently a working wife and mother. My roles include but are not limited to being a full time graduate student, running my own EarthTone Shea Butter business Yo Soy Earth, contracting as an independent agent with Liveops Virtual Call Center, Independent Translator and Interpreter, and a full-time job as a Domestic Violence Advocate.  Juggling these roles has been a learning curve initially but, once I found my balance, it just works.

This balance does, however, include adventures with my family and friends. In fact, I would argue it’s necessary to avoid burnout and stay focused while I’m “in the grind.” Here are a few of my secrets for how I’m able to make time to travel while keeping my professional endeavors and family running smoothly:

Tip # 1 PLAN…PLAN…PLAN…AND PLAN SOME MORE!

I cannot emphasize this enough; planning is necessary to balance responsibilities but also planning a vacation. I use a wonderful app called COZI which helps in knowing what the household schedules are.  Planning on where, how and when is the first step to assuring a successful vacation as a working mother.

Tip # 2 ORGANIZATION

Being organized has saved my life on several occasions! Organization has provided my family and me extra time to do things instead of trying to find our way around a chaotic environment or mental space. Organizing schedules and responsibilities helps to keep structure in our very busy household where it feels like I’m juggling a thousand things at once. Organizing school, work and time off schedules allows for this busy mom to plan a vacation for everyone.

Tip # 3 FAMILY MEETING

With children ranging from 16 – 29, family meetings are necessary so that we can openly discuss what to do and where we want to go as a family. It’s everyone’s vacation after all. Sometimes the trip takes a few months to come to fruition, so checking up on any changes since the first phase of planning the vacation is a good idea.

Tip # 4 BUDGET

I am a consumer that likes to get a bang for my buck. To get the best deals, I start planning a vacation a year in advance which also helps us save and budget the expenses associated with traveling.  Create a vacation jar (virtual jar will also work) for the budget goal and emergency funding while on vacation.

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Tip # 5 INFORM YOUR TEAM AND CUSTOMER BASE SO YOU CAN TRULY SIGN OFF

I always inform my customer base via social media, emails and even texts in advance to let them know when I’ll will be away, providing a cut off time to place orders. I also close my schedule for any interpretations or translations during my vacation time. Lastly, I inform my community that I will be out with as much notice as possible. I personally want to disconnect fully when I am spending time with my family. However, having access to WIFI while away is a commodity in most places. 

Tip # 6 CONFIRM A PET AND HOME SITTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Our household is a home of animal lovers, with two dogs and three cats. I’ve found that finding someone that can come to the home and animal/house sit is much more affordable then putting them in an animal hotel.  If you don’t have a friend nearby, try local pet sitter recommendations or develop a relationship with students in your neighborhood. 

Tip # 7 PRE-TRIP PLANNING

If you are traveling outside of the country, having passports updated, currency exchange knowledge, tour guide and a language conversation book are things you can do in anticipation of your trip. Researching and learning what you can do while at your vacation beforehand can save you a lot of money! 

Tip # 8 WORKING MOMS NEED TO PLAN AN ITINERARY

I know it sounds a bit strange to have an itinerary on vacation (DO I HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING? YES, I do but that is beside the point!).  Having an itinerary gives family members that are traveling with you the option to skip out on that activity and enjoy the trip in the way they see fit.  Obligation and stress are the two things I DON’T want to feel while I am on vacation.  Providing my family with an agenda has always worked and kept me within my budget and plan.

Tip # 9 STAY PRESENT WHILE ON VACATION

I know, I know, your thoughts will often come back to work, or grocery shopping when you get home, or even bill paying.  It’s inevitable while spending money on something so personal, so how do you NOT think about it? Especially if you’re taking off work without any paid time off.  I always suggest having a savings account and as I mentioned in Tip # 4, having a budget that is strictly for your vacation. In a best-case scenario, this also includes a way to make sure your income is still flowing while you are on vacation.

Tip # 10 ENJOY YOURSELF

As professionals and business owners, working moms don’t have many moments we can really be off the clock.  Enjoying yourself while on vacation is one of the main goals of taking time off so ENJOY YOUR BREAK… YOU’VE WORKED HARD – YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DESERVE IT!

Teresita Johnson is a social worker, part-time customer service rep, human rights advocate for sex trafficking victims, mother, and as if that wasn’t enough, is also pursuing an advanced degree. She is the Queen of Side Hustles!

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