It makes so much sense, right? If you’re traveling to a cool place for work, why not just stay a few days extra and get a little vacation out of it! I’ve taken several combo trips, especially recently, and while they can be great, there are a few ways to make sure you get the most relaxation possible.
- Do the business first. I have done combo trips both ways—business first, then fun, and fun then business. In my opinion, all of the relaxation from a vacation is sucked away when you go from vacation straight into a work trip. Knowing you have to work can hang over your head, making the “off” days less “off”.
- Turn off your email. I know it’s hard, especially these days when everyone is supposed accessible all the time. But if you are checking your work email every five minutes, it’s going to be hard to get into the vacation groove.
- Have clear boundaries. If your family is going to be with you the entire time, make sure they know that it’s just like home and when you’re working, you’re working. On the flip side, recognize that it can be super sad to see your family going off to do fun stuff while you head to the office.
- Pack double duty items. You guys know I have to bring packing into this! Bring clothes that you can wear on vacation or to work so that you’re not packing a ton extra. In the summer, wear your fun tanks and camis under a cardigan for work. Pick dresses that can go with heels or sandals. And I know it’s hard, but try to limit your shoes!
- Don’t expect perfection. My experience has been that while combo trips can work, they take a lot more planning to be successful. This is doubly true if your family will be with you the whole time.
Readers, what are your tips for combining a work trip with a personal one? Does your family come with you the whole time, or just for the “vacation” part?