How To Be Productive While Traveling

August 27, 2015


One of part of growing up is realising that when you go on vacation, life doesn’t just magically stop the way it used to.

Emails keep coming. Deadlines continue approaching. Projects are still lingering.

I hate being that person who’s always desperate for a charger or hopping between wifi spots. Between school, work and a blog, I learned a lot this summer about how to be productive while traveling. There’s definitely an art to staying on top of things without missing out on everything around you.

Here are tips on how to be productive while still enjoying your vacation:

1. Plan Ahead

If there are things you can take care of before take off, putting in some extra hours of work before your trip is definitely worth it (example: it’s 5am right now but I’m going to be in Edinburgh for the next two days so post queue-ing it is).


Lists are your friends. Your best friends. Make a chronological list of things you’ll need to do during your vacation. This’ll help you find out how much time you’ll really need to sacrifice and let you worry less about forgetting things while taking tourist selfies.

3. The Wifi Thing

Wifi can be hard to get when traveling or on-the-go. I’ve seen some pretty terrible hotel wifis (#tbt the time it only worked in the bathroom). If your hotel wifi is somewhat lacking, ask the front desk what cafés or near by shops can help connect you to the web-world.

3. Set Aside Time

Instead of trying to answer emails mid-walking from monument to monument, setting aside an hour or two of bone-bustin’ productivity can really help. And this doesn’t necessarily mean slaving away in your tiny hotel room. Go do your work in a cute café or by the beach (they have wifi on the beach now-a-days right??).

4. The Early Bird Gets the Worm

This goes hand in hand with setting aside time. Waking up an hour or two earlier than your travel-mates to get stuff done can be great because if you finish everything you have to do early, you can really enjoy the rest of the day. (ex. Remember how it’s 5am? After this post is queued, I’ll be able to focus on Edinburgh and the Fringe and mi amigos).

5. Know When Enough is Enough

When all is said and done, you’re still on vacation. Even if you’re like me and actually like being busy with a million things at once, there’s a breaking point. If you’re really overwhelmed, let your boss/teacher/readers ( 😉 ) know that you’re out and about traveling. They’re sure to understand and make accommodations.

We’re all so so busy now a days that life never seems to stop. Hopefully these steps make it a little easier to juggle travel and productivity!

What are your mid-travel work tips? Have any funny wifi stories?

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  • missgetaway August 27, 2015 at 05:16

    Isn’t it kind of sad that wifi on our travels is so important? 😀
    Have fun in Edinburgh, I can’t tell you how jealous I am right now.

    Love, Kerstin

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:51

      I agree 🙁 And you should definitely visit sometime!

  • Elyse August 27, 2015 at 09:19

    When I travel, I usually cut myself off to the internet world. Especially when I go to another country. Obviously sometimes it’s not possible but I try my best to not sit in a cafe all day// in the hotel room on my computer, phone, tablet or whatever. I wanna explore! Obviously, if you’re travelling for work it’s a different story though… you kind of need Wifi.

    Two weeks ago I visited my Grandma, in another Province, and she doesn’t have wifi but she wanted to get windows 10 on her computer so we ran all across town to try and find somewhere that had half decent wifi with no limit. (there were no Starbucks!) by the end of the day, I had convinced her to give up her Dial-up (yes, that’s still a thing) and get a high-speed connection!

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:50

      Dial-up isn’t sooooo bad….. haha. But I agree, cutting yourself off can be so so nice. Thanks for reading Lindsey!

  • Natalia Gutiérrez ™ August 27, 2015 at 09:42

    It is super hard, but we really need to allow ourselves to disconect from the daily craziness of the world wide web. It is easier said than done, but we have to at least consider it


    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:48

      I agree completely Natalia!

  • Winfred August 27, 2015 at 10:05

    You’re definitely a travel expert

    I might as well cling on with you the next time I’m abroad


    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:48

      Hahah. Aw thank you! Feel free to come along, Winnie!

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter August 27, 2015 at 13:44

    I just came back from vacation and I wish I read this post before! I did create lists and plan ahead, but there is always some sort of last minute matter that you need to take care of ASAP. I believe I need to follow “Enough is Enough” rule more often ;)))

    StyleSprinter Blog

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:36

      I feel like there will always be last minute things :/ I definitely agree with the “enough is enough rule” too!

  • Ela BellaWorld August 27, 2015 at 14:05

    Great tips! I am usually a lazy one while traveling then I end up regretting. Next time I will check these tips x

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:35

      Same! i’m either super lazy or a work-a-holic. Thanks for reading Ela <3

  • kelsey bang August 27, 2015 at 17:05

    what a fun post! lots of great tips! I need to do better on trips about taking me time instead of always thinking about the blog!

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:32

      I’m the same way Kelsey! I need to remind myself to not just focus on work sometimes too.

  • Bold-Expression August 27, 2015 at 19:01

    Pia, great tips! I had a funny story while I was in bankgkok. I stayed in a 5 star apartment but goesh the wifi is darn shitty lol. I had to seat in the bathtub, as that’s the only good connection I have in the apartment lol.

    Recently, I made a decision to carry my laptop wherever I go. This way, I can reply to comments & do other random stuff while I am on the train or on my break. I felt that I have wasted 30 minutes each way on the train doing nothing apart from listening to music & reading if I am in the mood hehe xx

    Hana | Bold-Expression

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:32

      Hahah, that’s hilarious. Hotel wifi can be silly. And I’m the same! I feel like I can get so much done on my computer. Thanks for reading, Hana!

  • Alyssa Guttendorf August 27, 2015 at 20:03

    First of all– love this blog image! Second of all, I couldn’t agree with you more on the importance of lists (in general, and especially with all facets of traveling!) But you are so right in that you have to realize where to draw the line– you have to enjoy your vacation too!

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:30

      List are the besssst. Glad you liked the post Alyssa!

  • Marie Abbott August 28, 2015 at 13:13

    Can I just say that I LOVE your writing style and am so happy I fell onto your blog by accident. This post is super helpful and actually includes a LOT of tips I should take note of! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xoxo

    • Pia S August 29, 2015 at 07:30

      Aw thank you so much Marie! Comments like this are why I love blogging <3

  • H E K Y M A August 29, 2015 at 18:12

    Nice tips ! I am going to the UK in few days, I really need to read this 🙂

  • Amber Rogals August 30, 2015 at 10:46

    Hi Pia!

    You have a really good writing voice- it’s so down to earth. I love this post. I actually don’t travel much, but I’m going to be in the next few months so this post will be really helpful! I have two little ones and I also HATE so much being the person that’s like, “Is there wifi? Is there wifi?” Planning ahead, getting up early, and lists are all going to be things I’m going to practice prioritizing for when we start traveling! Great post 🙂 This is my first visit to your blog and I’m glad to have discovered it! Following you on Instagram 🙂


    • Pia S August 30, 2015 at 12:17

      Thank you so much Amber; that means a lot! Lists are alllways a good idea. I can’t wait to go check out your blog right now too 🙂