First, ask yourself if you really need to work on your vacation. Can you realistically get away from it all without everything falling apart at the office? If the answer really is “no” you may have to mix in some business with pleasure while traveling. Keep in mind that there are a few things you can do to cut down your workload when planning to travel such as working ahead or finding a replacement to handle daily issues. The key to mixing in some business with your travels is time management. This too involves some planning.

Work and Travel
Work and Travel

Decide How Much Work You Will Do
Set limits and decide how available you will make yourself to work and how much work you plan to do while traveling. If you truly have too much work to do to fully enjoy a vacation or weekend getaway, then it may be best to skip it all together. However, if you really want to squeeze in some relaxation, define your limits before you go. Even if you are self-employed, you can still decide what stuff you can put on the back burner for a few days. Decide how much work you will do while on vacation and stick to your plan. Before you go:
• Delegate responsibilities
• Determine the circumstances for contacting you while away
• Decide what can realistically wait until you get back
Tip: Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get everything done while away. If you are going to get that stressed out, hold off on getting away until your schedule is more relaxed.
How It Affects Others
If you are bringing your family with you, consider how mixing business with pleasure will affect them. If you try to slip in some work here and there, it may seem like you are always working. Set aside a specific time for work and let your family know that you are working. Establish ground rules. The last thing you want is to turn your getaway into a