This post was most recently updated on April 29th, 2019
I was fortunate to have to travel to Italy for a work summit, and while this is exciting, it also leaves my husband to wrangle the little ones alone for 6 days.
How to Travel for Business When You’re a Mom
I wanted to make my time away as easy as possible. These are the successful tips I had implemented to make it smooth for my kids:
1. Talk to my 4 year old about my trip in advance. I wanted him to have a few days to think it over, and not have it be a surprise.
2. In this era, we’re lucky to have free access to FaceTime, int’l phone calls, SnapChat, etc. So my plan is to check in with my family as much as I can.
3. I told him I would bring him a present back from Italy! That part helped. I remember my dad doing this when I was little, and it’s a fond memory.
4. Take lots of photos & videos to share when you return and describe your trip to them!
Now the part for you!
– This is a time I really enjoyed not having to be in Mom mode – however strange!- for a few days. Soak it in!
– Take the time to reflect on you and check in with yourself. How often – never! – do you get to think about you and making sure you’re keeping yourself primed to be the best you for your family?
– If you have the option- sleep in, take a nap, go to the spa, buy a bag!
Even though I was jet-lagged in Europe I really felt I had recharged myself on things that were important to me personally-
I love to travel, try to use the local language, see as many historic sites as possible, meet new people, be adventurous with food. I recommend doing you – whatever your niche or where your interests lay. You may never get the opportunity again!
What are your business travel hacks for making it easier for your family?
Also check out these tips for Spending More Quality Time with Your Littles!