Finding Balance When Travelling (Blogger Edition)

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.

Looking out along the cliff, myself sitting in the middle of the photo on the cliff looking out over the sea with Coombe Martin headland in the distance. Its a very sunny day with bright blue skies towards the top of the photo

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).

In the foreground I am stood to the right of the photo wearing black soft shell jacket, black hiking trousers and hiking boots, with my red camera bag in front of my feet, I am looking at Stair hole (a natural cliff hole on the jurassic coast.) and the sea beyond the cliff. Its a grey day but the grass on the cliffs is a bright green standing out against the grey cliffs

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.

Sitting on the beach doing yoga, blue skies with clouds, a girl sitting to the left of the photo with arms up in the air and palms pressed together. To the right there is grass growing up out of the sand then the foreground is of the sandy Cornish beach

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.

Exmouth beach in Devon, I am standing in the sea spinning around with my hoodie waving with the motion. The sand is glossy where the sun has hit the water sitting on it and the sun is setting in the background

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!

Jo x

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13 Comments

  1. 19/04/2018 / 5:45 pm

    I can totally relate to this! 💖 I’ve just come back from Italy and it took me a good few days to switch off completely. It was handy that there was only WiFi at the hotel so being out all day gave me the perfect opportunity to explore and not think about the blog or social media. Great post Jo, very well written 😘 xx

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    • Jo
      Author
      20/04/2018 / 5:06 pm

      I like it when you only get wifi in the hotels, makes it easier to switch off and separate work and play times 🙂 I bet Italy was lovely, I look forward to reading any blog posts you do on your trip
      Jo x

    • Jo
      Author
      20/04/2018 / 5:03 pm

      It’s one of those skills that’s hard to master! I’m glad some of these tips are helpful 🙂 Thank you for reading!
      Jo x

  2. 19/04/2018 / 5:51 pm

    Aahh I love travel. Like you I always keep a notebook for these creative ideas that keep poking me. You are right that being a creative means that you constantly see opportunities. Which is beautiful and I enjoy. The best thing I love to do is to wander around my location and really connect to locals. Ask them about their life and culture and expand my horizons. Beautifully written hun !

    • Jo
      Author
      20/04/2018 / 5:03 pm

      Spending time talking to locals is great they can really help you find your way and explore some of the lesser known and wonderful areas. It’s one of the exciting things about being a creative is that opportunity is everywhere! Hard to switch it off though. A blessing and a problem.
      Jo x

  3. 22/04/2018 / 7:57 pm

    I 100% agree with this! Balance is essential in everything, I think it’s very easy to get carried away sometimes. Great work!

    • Jo
      Author
      22/04/2018 / 10:13 pm

      It’s so easy to get caught up in work and everything that goes on, by learning to stop and just enjoy the present moment is something we can all work on 🙂 Thank you for reading
      Jo x

  4. Holly Watkins
    22/04/2018 / 9:19 pm

    This is a lovely post and with my holiday creeping up Im defiantly going to take these tips on board.

    It’s all about embracing moments and stepping away from our phones.

    Much love
    Holly
    http://heyitsok.co.uk

    • Jo
      Author
      22/04/2018 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you for reading! I am thrilled that some of this tips might help you on your holiday 🙂 In today’s phone orientated world it can be hard to step away, but it’s worth it when we do!
      Jo x

  5. 22/04/2018 / 10:10 pm

    Very true and relatable! Taking time to be present and just enjoy the environment rather than thinking about how to capture it for a blog is important.

    • Jo
      Author
      22/04/2018 / 10:16 pm

      It’s all about embracing what we are doing and learning to enjoy it first then write about it after! Thank you for reading
      Jo x

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