Balancing Your Career with Bucket List Travel

 In Career & Travel

Seeing the world is important to you. But when you’re a top performer at work—it’s easy to feel a little guilty about unplugging and getting away. That said, taking a break can actually improve your overall well-being and leave you feeling refreshed when you resume your work. These tips will help you find more time for travel within your busy schedule. So prepare to fulfil your bucket list and balance your work duties with what matters most—the thrill of adventure.

Maximize your holiday.

Taking advantage of holiday breaks is a brilliant way to make the most of your time off, but it takes a little bit of strategic planning. Start by skimming through your calendar. Do you have any holiday travel coming up? If you do, consider extending the trip. If not, it might be time to plan some. Combine your vacation days with office closures for a longer getaway—or at least an extended weekend. If you’re thinking about spending the money on holiday travel anyway, why not make it a bucket list trip? Grab your favorite travel companions and spend Christmas somewhere sunny, or take a ski trip. Sometimes you can actually save money by taking off on the actual holiday.

Mix business and pleasure.

Next time your boss wants to send you to an out of town conference or trade show, think of it as an opportunity to see something new. That’s right—it’s pretty much an obligatory vacation. After your duties end, stay a few extra days. You’ll want to plan this in advance, but it’s a great way to shake up your routine and prevent the burnout that comes with long hours and typical workday stress. Plus, it’s likely that you’ll end up in places you wouldn’t have visited on your own, uncovering local treasures you never knew existed. Your employer will have to purchase a round-trip flight anyway, and your hotel costs will be covered while you’re working. When you’re done working, Hotel Tonight is a great resource for finding last-minute accommodations at discounted prices.

Go for what you want.

When you’re busy at work, it can seem like there’s never a good time to travel. But it’s important to keep your desires—and your priorities in mind. For many, travel is a crucial part of personal growth and fulfilment. When you come back from a trip feeling refreshed, you’re actually happier and more productive at work. So if you’re longing for adventure and a weekend just won’t do, don’t be afraid to negotiate with your employer. Ask for an extended, unpaid leave during slow season and go get your adrenaline pumping in an exotic locale. Adventure Pass can help you find amazing deals on experiences like skiing, hiking and surfing.

Make weekends count.

When far-flung exploration just isn’t an option, go for a weekend escape. Finding adventure closer to home makes travel much more accessible because it doesn’t require taking time off work. Try to find destinations within four hours of home by car or plane. Apps like GTFO (Get the Flight Out) allow you to enter your departure city and deliver a list of affordable flights leaving from your home airport tonight. If you’re taking a road trip, try to time your travel away from rush hour traffic. Think about nearby national parks, beautiful lakes and climbing adventures. Chances are that there are more opportunities for local adventure than you ever realized.

Do a digital detox.

Hearing an email notification tone can send your mind immediately into work mode. Disable those notifications and focus on the task at hand—making adventurous memories that will sustain you long after you return to work. If have to check email while you’re away, designate a specific amount of time each day and don’t overdo it. Consider leaving your phone behind and using an actual camera to take pictures. Work will be there when you get back. For now, focus on being present and enjoy living in the moment.

You work hard and you’re probably long overdue for a trip. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and do something truly adventurous. If you’re looking for deals on outdoor adventures, we have you covered. With special discounts on gear and experiences, Adventure Pass is the only way to go. Sign up to our outdoor inspiration mailing list to get great ideas on activities and  a 25% discount on your first Adventure Pass.

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