The Truth About Traveling For Business
In the age of likes and comments it’s easy to get swept away by how glamourous people’s lives look. We’ve all seen it, the images of people traveling to a seemingly endless stream of breathtaking locations (how much vacation time do they have, right?!). I’m going to be totally honest with you, traveling is absolutely amazing. My husband Faiz and I spent three years seeing the world. In fact, for two years we didn't even have an address in Australia (well unless you call our parents an address - thanks BTW!). We wanted to see the world before we had kids and that’s exactly what we did.
London, Paris, Dublin, Cannes, Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon, Ibiza, Mykonos, Turkey, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, LA, New York, Miami, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bali.
We saw the world and then...our world changed.
At the end of year three I found out that I was pregnant, and we embarked on a brand-new adventure, becoming parents!
Recently I announced on Instagram that I’m packing up and heading on the road again. Faiz is traveling overseas to launch an ICO. Since I have the freedom of working from anywhere I figured why not take advantage of the freedom of the online business I built and travel with my husband? We started to declutter and sell a few things and then something shifted.
As I began to look further into it I started to have reservations about whether this was the best choice. Although I love traveling, I had to take a hard look how this trip would affect my business. Traveling can be a marvelous opportunity to grow your business but, in this instance, it wasn’t right for my family. So, I have decided to stay put.
Now, traveling can be an amazing tool for growing your business but it’s important to clearly assess why you are traveling and what you are looking to gain from the experience. Here are a few of the things you should keep in mind before you decide to travel for business.
Has your business undergone any recent changes? Are you working with new employees or clients? If you are in a transitional period in your business, it may be a good idea to consider how traveling will affect your ability to manage those transitions.
For example, I’ve recently taken on two senior team members and a bunch of contractors and I’ve had the opportunity to work longer hours recently. Traveling overseas would negatively impact my ability to handle those transitions but that may not be the case for you and your business.
When we were travelling before Leo was born we knew traveling so many places so often would be an additional challenge for us, but the rewards surpassed the risks. I don't regret it but looking back we could’ve made some adjustments that would have helped us as independent business owners, like going to fewer locations for longer periods of time.
Preparing to travel to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit for work can easily start to feel like getting ready to go on a vacation. It’s important to be clear about what your aims are for traveling.
- How will it help your business?
- Is there a specific conference that you are looking to attend or a specific person you can meet?
- What would make the trip worth your time, energy and money.
Here’s the thing: you may discover that you want to travel for reasons that don’t make business sense and that’s okay! The important thing is to understand why you are traveling and work to ensure that your leisure trip doesn’t interfere with the success of your business.
I've met so many amazing people who have enhanced my life and business due to traveling. If you're going to a conference or an event be clear on what you would like to get out of it. If you're traveling to a specific city and want to meet someone, you can get an intro in advance or set the meeting up before you arrive, so it's taken care of.
If you are traveling for business, it is important to make sure that you can hit the ground running once you get there. When Faiz was preparing to travel he set up investor meetings before he left. He was intentional about his destinations and had set himself up for success before he even stepped foot in a new location.
I was more than ready to explore the world a bit with my family, and as an online business owner I am afforded the freedom to do that (and as you grow your business you can enjoy that same freedom...but more on that later). I was geared up and ready to go but when I started to think about how everything would work logistically I realized...
This wasn't going to be a holiday.
It was going to be me and Leo in a foreign country. It would involve me trying to find the nearest plant-based cafe or playground alone, which isn't the image of being a trendy, family travel blogger I had in my head (anyone else a fan of the Bucketlist Family?).
So, I decided to stay. And it feels like a really good decision. Even if it’s not a glamourous one. I realized sometimes doing what feels best doesn't always feel exciting, but it feels like your truth. Ultimately, the best decision is the one that is aligned with your purpose, passion and power.
Though I have decided to stay in Australia, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be able to make the choice for myself based on what’s best for my family, and I want the same for you. That’s why I created the 5-day Offering Challenge. This Challenge is an opportunity to create a perfect program for your clients that will allow you greater access to financial freedom and the chance to live a life of your own design.
Head over to offeringchallenge.com to start creating your signature, irresistible offer.