How to Stay Productive While Traveling

How to Stay Productive While Traveling

I don’t know about you, but something I struggle with while traveling is keeping some semblance of routine. While it is certainly important to live in the moment, I think it’s key to reserve some time to oneself to stay sane. I’m envious of those who are able to constantly run on all four-cylinders and blog nonstop. In all honesty, there are times when I feel completely uninspired and won’t look at WordPress for a day or two. It’s totally normal, but it’s a surefire way to quickly get into a rut.

For me, travel brings loads of welcomed distractions, questionable WiFi situations and the desire to just check out and enjoy the scenery. I don’t like to be constantly connected, especially if I’m relaxing on the best beaches in Thailand or climbing a mountain; I only bought a data SIM card once throughout the entire four months I was in Southeast Asia. While it’s difficult to keep up, it’s necessary to run a travel blog. If you ever feel like you need a bit more inspiration to stay focused and boost your productivity, I want to help! Here are five ways you can stay productive while traveling.


1. Take time for yourself each morning

One of the best things you can do it sit down each morning and dedicate at least an hour to something. It will not only help you feel accomplished throughout the day, but it will prove to be effective. I’m a super early riser so I used the few hours each morning to update my Twitter buffer, respond to Instagram comments, write a bit of a blog post or reach out to clients. I often found that no matter how much I wanted to just lounge around before (or after) exploring, as soon as I really got in the zone, I was super efficient. Once you find that sweet spot, you’ll be good to go.


2. Exercise

If you’re one of those people who are able to go out to a local bar one night and immediately hit the gym the next day, I just want you to know that I think you’re amazing. It takes a lot of mental strength for me to exercise in general – let alone while I’m traveling. I absolutely love walking everywhere, but it doesn’t always get me focused. I like to do 10 minute HIIT workouts such as this beast of a challenge by Blogilates. If intense workouts aren’t your thing, that’s okay! Find a way that will get your body moving and mind focused and you’ll be good to go.


3. Write down your goals

Studies have revealed that people who are adamant about writing their goals down are more likely to accomplish them. Jot down blog post ideas ahead of time. Make a list of clients you’d like to partner with. Map out a few destinations that you want to include in a guide you’ll be working on. Draft where you’d like to see yourself in six months to a year and make a plan of action. Whatever your goals are, write them, envision them and work toward them going forward.

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I was fortunate enough to have this little cabana as a private workspace in Pai, Thailand.


4. Meditate

This is a great way to envision the goals you’ve set for yourself. I often like to meditate early in the morning or late at night before bed. It’s a great way to keep my mind clear and drive out any self doubt or outside negative influences I’m battling. If meditation isn’t your thing, maybe try setting intentions before bed or thinking positive thoughts when you wake up. It’ll most likely shift your consciousness and kickstart your desire to get things done.


5. Keep your head up

The most important rule of thumb is to not get too overwhelmed. It’s important to find your balance and comfort zone without spreading yourself too thin. Don’t worry if you didn’t Snapchat that incredible day trip you took to a temple. There’s truth in the sense that great things come to those who hustle, but it’s also honorable and completely normal to separate yourself from technology every now and then.

Interested in learning how to stay productive while traveling? Look no further. Here are some quick and easy tips to help keep you focused.

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What are some ways you stay focused while on the go?



  1. Jen Klukan
    February 19, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    This is an amazing article. So insightful! I understand about this being a useful tool when traveling; however, this is great for managing everyday life. This has been so helpful to me! After reading your article I took to pen and paper and made a short list of goals! Thanks, Laura. 😊

  2. Shane Prather
    February 22, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    It can be especially hard to keep your health and fitness on track while traveling! Great tips to not fall into the vicious cycle of getting out of routine.

  3. February 23, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Best piece of advice – Writing down goals. This is BIG it is something everyone should do. I also agree 100% with waking up a bit earlier and getting something done then. Great list.

  4. February 23, 2017 / 2:35 am

    What a great post! You are exactly right, sometimes you get so out of routine and it is hard to not take it just as a free holiday if you need to blog too. I always try to do some yoga or a new form of exercise whilst I am away.

  5. February 23, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Some people think I’m insane but I actually enjoy training while travelling. Running through a new city at dawn (not because I’m a sadist but because I have jetlag) is a chance to explore and see a different side to a city. Also means I don’t feel so bad about a few beers

  6. February 23, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I was really expecting to be much more productive than I have been these past few weeks! The wifi situation in some of our apartments has been pretty bad (in London of all places!) and hopping around coffee shops isn’t conductive to most of the work I need to do. Write a blog in a coffee shop? Sure. Fix that bug in our code? Not so much.

    Luckily, I have a lot of flexibility scheduling meetings, so it’s been easy to schedule my days to get work done and still explore the city during daylight or hit the museums.

  7. February 23, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    These are great tips! I struggle with feeling overwhelmed, and I do find that writing down goals and focusing my energy helps. I’m also a super early riser — the early hours are my most productive and most focused. Still, I find myself drifting some days. I try not to give myself too much grief for it — they say that daydreaming can lead to creative surges — but I tend to have a better outlook when I hit that productive sweet spot.

  8. February 24, 2017 / 12:45 am

    These are great tips! I also struggle with being productive when I travel. I can make myself exercise at least by walking, and I also found some hotel room exercises that work well for me. I like the idea of writing down goals and will start doing that.

  9. February 24, 2017 / 1:47 am

    This is a great and really important post! I’ll definitely be sharing this on my blog’s Facebook tomorrow! Meditation is huge for me. I don’t know what I would do without it while traveling, especially. Plus, taking time for yourself is so important, especially if you’re traveling with someone else. My husband and I already have some plans written out for schedules before taking off long-term. Thanks for sharing an amazing post that will be helpful for so many people! Cheers!

  10. February 24, 2017 / 2:36 am

    Uff I find it so difficult to strike the balance – travel is so enjoyable it is hard to get into the ‘work’ frame of mind. This trip I am travelling more slowly to allow myself days off without stressing about not seeing everything – or not getting that blog post finished! I like the idea of doing an hour in the morning though, I usually do an hour or so at night so as not to ‘waste’ the day, but I will try the morning too and see how I get on!

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