Travelling is such an experience, you grow so much no matter how big or small the adventure is.
For most it is easy to get caught up in the moment. However as a blogger or creative it is a fine line between working and enjoying yourself.
Finding balance is the hardest thing to do when exploring a new place. There are so many opportunities to get content to share. As photography has always been a huge part of my life I find it easy to be walking around spotting 101 chances for a brilliant photograph as I go. Then interesting towns can become blog posts, funny situations become the next tweet and the stunning sunset becomes my next Instagram story.
The hardest thing for a blogger or creative to do is switch off.
Especially if it is your full-time job. Everything around you is related to your work. If your travelling I find this overwhelming, your mind can be thrown everywhere looking for a chance to be creative. Sometimes I just need to enjoy the place I am in. So here are a few suggestions to finding balance when travelling as a blogger or creative.
Don’t over think about what content you could produce
When I was away for 6 days in Cornwall, I was constantly thinking of blog post ideas, which is great. However I would dwell on them and how they were going to sound and the best ways to write them. This often led to Joe poking me and going “Oi look at that over there” before I missed something. Overthinking the idea means you can miss little things that happen around you. Now if I come up with a blog idea that I just cannot afford to forget I will quickly scribble it down, or make note of it on my phone. Ready to look at later. Then its back to the exploring and adventuring!
Turn your mobile data off
Our phones are always with us, it doesn’t matter whether you are a blogger, creative or anyone else, they are always around. It can be hard to switch off from the online world. Constant notifications from social media, emails and other apps. So a way to escape it all is to turn your mobile data off. Even a couple of hours with the data off when you are about can give you some peace from the online world. Not only that using your mobile data abroad when travelling can get super expensive if you don’t keep an eye on it! On all of my hikes I turn the data off so I can focus on the nature around me and where I am hiking (stops me walking into those pesky trees that jump out in front of me).
Just snap photos
This one is super hard for me, as a photographer. Every photo I take I try to get just right, consider the depth of field, exposures and all other photo techniques. Take multiple shots of the same photo just with tiny tweaks each time. Sometimes going out without my camera can stop me from over working photos, or just using my phone to snap one photo. Quite often they become some of the best photos, especially candid shots of friends and family. Just capture the moment with a quick snap and not turn everything into a photo shoot!The hardest thing for a blogger or creative to do is switch off. Click To Tweet
Schedule time to work
Another way to finding balance is to schedule time for creative and blog work. By completely banning yourself from doing any work can be counter productive. So by putting time aside to do some work you still feel like you are working towards your goal or latest post or clients work. You could set aside 1 day a week, a few hours a day or a weekend a month that is dedicated to creative/blogging work. I find getting up early and doing an hour or 2 in the morning or a few hours in the late afternoon just before dinner works best for me. That way I either have the whole day ahead of me to enjoy and forget about blogging, or I have a lovely dinner to enjoy then focus on spending the evening relaxing. Its amazing how much more you can get done in a short concentrated space of time.
Embrace whats going on around you
Finally just throw yourself into whats going on around you. You’re on an adventure at the end of the day! It doesn’t matter if you are 5 miles from your house or half way across the world its still travelling, exploring, an adventure and it should be treated as one. By going with the flow and embracing everything you will see so much more of the place you are in, which when you are back home will be the memorable moments you will want to share with us all.
These are just some of the many ways there are to finding balance when travelling. Everyone is different and has different ways to the fine art of balancing. I am still learning the art as I just love exploring, being outside and seeing new places that I can forget to do any work towards Mindful Adventures.
Do you have any top tips to share on finding balance? Or some of the places you have done some blogging work while you were travelling?
I would love to hear some stories of your favourite places to get working!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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