You'll need to take advantage of as many holiday travel tips as you can when you're traveling with kids and a business. Few WAHMs can actually afford to not work during the holidays, even if they scale back some. You have to travel in a way that's least disruptive to your work schedule, but still make it the best travel experience possible for your family. These tips can help:
1. Pay for Rooms with Wi-Fi
If you're planning to stay in hotels while traveling, then you should pay more if you have to stay in a room with Internet access. Don't think that it's not worth it because you'll be too exhausted to get any work done. The truth is, you'll find time when everyone is asleep or otherwise occupied to get some work done, and you'll be able to put out fires sooner rather than later. Even if you decide not to get work done, your kids can watch or listen to their favorite program. When you call to make reservations, ask whether Internet access is included.
2. Don't Travel during Peak Days or Hours
One of the best holiday travel tips for WAHMs is to travel when everyone else is not. Try to plan your travels on days when people won't be rushing back home to go to work the next day. You have greater flexibility, because you work for yourself. The toughest part is finding a schedule that works for your family. For example, it might be easier to travel at night if you have young children, because they'll be asleep for most of it. At the same time, you may not want to travel at night if you're driving to your destination. The best days to travel are often Tuesday or Wednesday and during business hours.
3. Create a Holiday Business Checklist
Before you travel, you should create a checklist of all the tasks you need to get done while you're away. This may be the only time during the year that you create one if you're not the type that plans out everything. It's important to do it because you can't walk into your home office to get paperwork, a book or some other item that you need when you're away. The checklist will force you to think through what you'll need. You can pack it with you or find a way to access it remotely.
4. Plan for Your Family First
You'll need another checklist, and that's for planning your family's holiday travel. Tips for traveling with kids often include a warning to pack activities and toys to keep them busy; you need to follow that advice as a WAHM. Have enough snacks, DVDs, books and toys for your kids. Ask your spouse what he needs for the trip and pack it too.
The better the travel goes, the easier it will be for you to transition into work when you arrive or when you're at the hotel. These are proven holiday travel tips that can help give you peace of mind while you're away.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.