Time Management for Traveling

When you are traveling, whether it is for work or for pleasure, the time can get away from you faster than you realize. Before you know it, the day is gone and you have not done nearly half of what you hoped to accomplish. Why does this happen, and is there anything you can do about it? It can actually happen for a few different reasons, but the good news is that you can do some things to manage your time better while you are away from home and the office.


Why Does Time Fly or Slow While Traveling?

Time is a strange thing that can seem to go by in an instant or drag on forever. Anyone who has ever had to sit in a classroom or meeting room while an instructor droned on about something boring knows this for a fact. It’s all a matter of perception. Since you feel bored, the time slows. When you are having fun, or when you are extremely busy, it means that the time seems to go by faster. Travelers can experience both of these time phenomena, often in a single trip.

For example, the actual travel portion of the vacation or business trip often seems to drag on for ages because people do not like sitting in a car, plane, or train for hours on end. They do not look forward to that experience, so the brain gives you the perception that those two hours on the plane feel like ten. Fate also tends to put loud babies and boisterous passengers on all of your flights as well.

During the actual travel portion of the trip, you can make things go a little smoother, and seem to go faster if you are able to keep busy. When traveling for business, you can take the time to work on reports, to get ahead in the work, or review a presentation. This keeps your mind focused on the work, and you do not think about the travel time. Those traveling for pleasure can bring along their own distractions, such as books, magazines, and even television shows. However, you may want to be a bit more constructive with your time, and use it for reviewing your itinerary, or working on a personal project.

The point is that the travel time on the plane, bus, train, or other mode of transport is extra time that you can use for anything that you want. Do not look at it as boring. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to get much more done. This will ensure that you do not have to run around to finish projects after you get to your destination.

Of course, people often experience the opposite effect as well, and this is especially true after reaching the travel location. People are busy with their business meetings, conferences, and the like, and it can then seem as though you don’t have enough time in the day. Vacationers are out having fun and the day can seem to end almost right after the sun rises because they are so busy. Take some time to catch your breath, and tell yourself to slow down and experience the moments as they come.


Productive Downtime on the Trip

When you are on a trip, you’ll also find you have quite a bit of downtime even after you are at your destination. You might be waiting between meetings, or waiting for dinner. While you can and should associate with coworkers, family, and friends when the opportunity is there, you can also use some of that extra downtime to catch up on some other things, such as transcribing your notes from a meeting or organizing photos that you took during the day. The more you are able to do during that downtime the better, even with the little things. It means that you will not have to budget time to do it later.


Tips to Make a Trip More Enjoyable

When you travel, bring along some items that will help to make it more enjoyable for you. These can be simple things, such as music, books, or even movies you load onto your smartphone. It ensures you have some nice ways to unwind when you have some actual time to relax. That’s right, you don’t have to make every waking minute about work or saving time. You can and should have some downtime when you can relax and enjoy doing nothing.

One of the other things to mention for those who want to have a nice vacation is to consider limiting time with gadgets and the web. Spend time enjoying everything that you are doing rather than wasting time putting your thoughts and photos up on Facebook.

Getting plenty of rest on your trip is important. It ensures you are ready and raring to go in the morning when you are headed to meetings or out to a theme park. It also helps to keep you healthy. You don’t need to get sick just in time to return from your vacation, as that could put you out of work for a day or two.


Closing Tips for Better Time Management

Here are some final tips to help you. Think about where you are staying. Location is important whether you are traveling for business or fun. Having a hotel that’s close to the places you need to and want to visit means you will be spending less time traveling to and from each of these destinations. Learn about the area before you actually visit. Get a basic idea of what the city is like, the places to eat, and where you can shop. Having some knowledge before you get there will ensure you are not a fish out of water when you arrive.

The next time you have to travel, please consider the tips we’ve covered in this article. They can help to make your trip far more enjoyable, and they can ensure you are using your time wisely rather than just wasting it.





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