When I lived in New York my brother’s family was in DC and later Philly, and my sister’s family was in Boston. I liked seeing my nieces and nephews . . . and getting cannoli in the North End . . . so I visited them a lot. You’ve heard people say, “I need a vacation from my vacation,” and sometimes my weekends were like that too. After a couple weekends that were more exhausting than rewarding, I wanted to figure out how to have a great weekend and still hit the ground running once I was home. These personal travel trips are what came of my thinking on managing wellbeing while making the most of travel time.
Travel Tips – Schedule
- List what I personally want to get done over that period of time
- Ask of people I am staying with / traveling with (a) what’s fixed on their schedule and (b) what they’d like accomplish/do with me
- Put their fixed items in my calendar
- Communicate what I have fixed in my calendar AND what I’d like to get done, and, generally, what it takes to do those things
- Considering 1-4, talk through, negotiate, manage, plan the days with my travel companions / hosts
No surprise — often a large chunk of what I want to get done is exercise. I appreciate family and friends who support my getting out and being active.
And here’s one example of loosely laying out a week:
Travel Tips – Transportation
Rent my own car.
And if I’m not renting, intentionally create ‘I’m not renting’ as a choice. Visualize being driven and taken care of.
Travel Tips – Sleep
Think about what I am going to sleep on/in. Be with it. Practice zen detachment about it. Anticipate that it may change. Consider specific needs/desires (e.g. temp, pillow, light) and make requests.
Go to bed by 1230am the first night.
Get up by 630am the first day.
Shower and change into day clothes the first morning before 10am.
There you go. Curious to hear what works for you.