Life as a mother is already tough. And if you are a working mom whose job entails traveling, it is a different challenge for you altogether. While work-related travel has its share of fun and perks (read frequent flyer miles), it makes balancing family life and work all the more difficult.
However, if you plan ahead and follow some tips and tricks, going for business trips while still managing your responsibilities towards your kids becomes a cakewalk. Read on to find four such practical tips to help working mothers be guilt-free on their business trips. Happy reading!
4 Practical Tips to Travel like a Pro: Working Mom Edition
Before moving to the four things you should do, here’s one thing (call it a bonus tip) that you should never do. Don’t feel guilty about leaving your kids behind. Yes, it’s much easier said than done, especially if you have young kids at home, but the truth is, no matter how much you do as a parent, you’ll always feel there’s more you should do. So, try to ditch the guilt trip and enjoy the actual trip.
1) Research about the place; homework is not only for your kid
To make the trip more enjoyable and safer, research the safer hotels and commute options. You and your family will have a more peaceful sleep knowing you have everything chalked out.
2) Pack Wisely (Not Less not More. Do it right)
While many travel sites will tell you to pack light, let’s face it, packing light is not always feasible. Sure, it has its perks (no luggage claims mean faster checkout and more time with family), but the mantra is to pack only those items that you absolutely can’t do without.
3) Try flying early morning or late night to maximize family time
Not only are morning and late-night flights more affordable and less crowded, but they also allow you to stay a little bit longer and spend more time with your children. All you gotta do is manage your pick-up and drop service.
If you stay in Pittsburgh, your best option is to drive there yourself and park your car in a private parking space. Globe Airport Parking PIT is one of the highest-rated service providers in the city. Do check out their services before your next trip.
4) Stay connected to your family virtually throughout your trip
Thanks to high-speed internet, in-flight Wi-Fi, and the fact that no one is truly far away (courtesy video and chat platforms), this is one of the best times to travel as a mother. Make sure to reap the benefits, and even if it is for five minutes, speak to your kids. You’ll be surprised to see how much a small gesture can change the way you feel.
Being a mother and a working professional is tough. But, if anyone can juggle back-to-back meetings (albeit in picturesque cafes worldwide) and back-to-the-school rush, it is you. All you need is a little help and a whole lot of planning. Here’s hoping this blog will help plan your next trip better.