This week is our final week in France as we fly into Melbourne early next week in time for spring and the last trimester of my pregnancy.
What a magical adventure it has been and a dream come true to work from the European summer.
Matt and I have already been talking about where we want to take our businesses and family next winter... but with a new bub on the way... we might wait and see how things feel next year! Ha!
It has been challenging at times travelling pregnant with a toddler but little miss Ruby has been very adaptable... she must have some gypsy blood like her mama!
Where would you love to take your business travelling to?
I have travelled quite a lot with my business over the years so I have put together a few tips for those of you who dream of travelling with your business too!
My 5 tips for successful travelling with your biz (and family).
1. Be clear on the big benefits of going location independent in your biz! (Highlights of our trip.)
This may seem obvious to highlight the benefits... but the reality is that it can take time and focus to get your business and life to a place that will support longer term travel, so it's essential that the benefits are super clear to inspire you to make it happen.
- For my free spirit regular travel is a non negotiable. So I either take regular short holidays or spend longer time away from my biz... but I did these for over a decade and short holidays were never long enough and if I was away for longer than a few weeks I then had to rev my biz back up each time I returned. Instead I chose to move with the power of technology and take parts and eventually all of my biz online so I can take my biz with me when I travel.
To be able to work from places like Asia and Europe for as long as I desire is priceless for me. The feeling of freedom and flexibility is worth every minute of money, time and energy I've invested in growing my biz over the years.
- Another great benefit for me is time away from my usual day to day routine. When I am not in my home life social circles, family dynamics and usual life responsibilities, I get to see clearly where much of my energy can go and each time I return from travels I align even more with my highest values and priorities at a greater level. I get triple the amount of down time and relax time with less responsibilities during travel.
- The bonding time over a 3 month period for my growing family was so amazing. We were in a family bubble for most of the time and had the chance to spend real quality time.
- The new inspiration that is triggered when we are in a new environment always keeps me feeling refreshed in my business and life.
- AND of course exploring the cultures and sites like below is a HUGE highlight and benefit.
2. Be realistic about the challenges of traveling with your biz?
We need to keep it real as of course there are downsides (just a few!) for living the laptop lifestyle!
- You need to have strong boundaries and excellent time management skills to pull off a longer term working holiday successfully. If not, you can either wind up spending much of the time focused on work and unable to switch off OR you can procrastinate on doing work as you are having too much fun being on holidays.
The ability to allocate your time in a balanced way that keeps your business flowing as well as gives the freedom to relax and explore takes practice.
- The same healthy and unhealthy dynamics in your mental and emotional world still happen when we travel. Travelling with your business is certainly not the magic pill to happiness. The backdrop and views may change but most of the struggles you have at home will come with you travelling. But of course you have more time and space to reflect and release what doesn't serve you.
- You can be away from loved ones for a long period of time. We missed our families and they of course missed seeing Ruby develop at the rapid rate that kids do when so young. We also had to arrange care for our house and dog while away. Our dog passed away while we were away and it was hard not being there at that time.
- Depending on where in the world you go and if you can rent out your home while away it can be an expensive (but worthwhile) or relatively cheap venture. Make sure you allow your travel to match your financial flow.
- You are away from your usual supports so certain aspects can be more challenging. For example I didn't have any babysitting so all of the time Ruby was either with Matt or myself. This meant we both spent less time working than we would at home as we had to share the limited time slots that allowed us to talk to clients in Australia with the time difference. It also meant that we had very little space from each other which can be intense. We had to allocate alone time to recalibrate.
It was a juggle but in the end the benefits outweighed the challenges by far.
3. Have a plan of what your biz needs to travel.
Many clients I speak to think that their business has too much face to face contact required so they cannot travel with it... however after some brainstorming and exploring there are nearly always aspects of any business that can be developed to support a travelling lifestyle.
You simply need to make it a priority, think outside the square and really ask yourself the question... what do I need to do to allow my business to travel with me?
Then allow the ideas and possibilities to unfold. OR ask a business mentor to help you set clear goals and come up with strategies to make it happen.
If it's your dream to travel with your biz... do what it takes... your dreams are your roadmaps for success and fulfilment!
4. Create a work, rest and play schedule.
Once you have got your business ready to travel and have chosen your location I suggest creating a work schedule. Allocate your work hours and your free time for the week ahead so that neither take over and remain in balance.
Of course this can shift from week to week depending on the demands but sit down and allocate the week and you will be more likely to end the week knowing you have had plenty of time to work, rest and play!
5. Let your style of travel support your business and your family needs.
I'm a huge fan of less movement and more deep immersion when I travel... especially now travelling with small ones. I feel the reason that Matt and I were able to stay focused on our businesses and Ruby was able to adapt so well was that we spent a month in each location and had a firm base to travel from.
This grounded us enough to feel at home at each place and find a routine that we could easily stick to. You of course will have different needs to myself and my family but ensure that you are realistic with what will allow all areas of your life to thrive while travelling.
This past 3 months living, travelling and working from France has been one of the absolute highlights of my life and my career. So many treasured memories and experiences.
If you would love some help and guidance to develop your business to be travel ready I have 3 and 6 session packages available before bub arrives in December.
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