How To: Travel For the Busy Person

So I’ve been asked many times how I travel so frequently with such a busy schedule. Today, I’m sharing with you how I do that. Keep in mind, however, that your schedule may be completely different from mine, and therefore the same things that work for me may not work for you and vice versa.

Before I share, here’s a little background about me: I am currently a full time registered nurse, full time Doctoral student, and part-time nursing clinical instructor. (Yes, I’m crazy. I know). Here are a few tips that I like to give to others to make travel a part of their lives while still maintaining a productive lifestyle:

Budget your time This is obvious. For me, I like to find times throughout the year where I’m the least busy, like during Spring Break or between semesters when school isn’t in session. These are the easiest times for me to get out of town and enjoy myself for a few days. These are also the easiest times to travel internationally. If at all possible, schedule your trips months in advance. If you want to make travel a priority, you have to be willing to put in the work to do so. Plan, or at least think about, your expenses, accommodations, excursions, etc beforehand. This’ll make it less overwhelming for you the closer your trip gets.

Get out of your mind that travel has to be extravagant You don’t have to go across the world to experience the luxury of travel. There are wonders within your own country and/or state that you can visit that are just as beautiful as anything you’d see abroad. If you have just one weekend off, take a road trip or quick flight within your country. You likely won’t have to spend as much money as you would if you had gone abroad, and you will have experienced a new place, too. It’s a win-win. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit travel planning websites Like Pack Up + Go, where you can set your budget and travel preferences, and they choose a place to visit based upon that information. And the fun thing is…you won’t know where you’re going until the day of! Has domestic travel ever sounded so good?

Capitalize on business trips If you’re lucky enough to be in a career that affords travel opportunities, use those trips to your advantage to see different places. I’m currently not in such a position, but there are countless careers out there that are. Most business trips leave a little time for exploration. Likewise, if you have a hobby or craft that you’re really passionate about, take some time to look up seminars, conventions, or rallies that may be going on throughout the year pertaining to your area of interest. This is a great opportunity to not only to play tourist, but to play tourist with likeminded people.


If you’re a busy person like myself, but still want to make travel part of your life, I hope that these tips were helpful for you. If you have an questions or comments, please leave them in the “comments” section below, but until then, stay tuned for more posts!