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Ah summer, the time for travel and chucking those school year routines out of the window. Many families travel during the summer for vacations, but ours, not so much.
We try to skip the theme parks during the crazy summer months because large crowds, the Florida humidity, and a carsick prone kid just don’t create the kind of vacation memories we want.
We may not be traveling much as a family this summer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any traveling going on. This year my business travel schedule is packed. Most years I travel solo or meet up with my tribe mates (aka business besties) at conferences. However, this year I joined forces with Melissa Llado, of Serendipity and Spice, and became the other half of the Blog Life University Annual Conference. We are doing all of our travel together (which is super fun!) What is better than turning “work” trips into “girls trips?!” But, here are 3 little tips for handling some of the odd situations that I’ve noticed are particular to traveling with other women.
3 Tips for Traveling with other Mom bosses!
#1 Plan out your trip
Melissa and I often try to pack multiple meetings into one trip. We meet with prospective social media coaching clients, prospective affiliate marketing strategy clients, speak at multiple engagements, and network with brand representatives for our respective websites and our conference all in one trip. The plan is key to making all of it work. Well, the plan and an amazing “
assistant “ manager who keeps us on schedule.
Yes, we normally travel as a trio.
#2 Enjoy yourself but be prepared 😉
One of the best parts about traveling, in my opinion, is not being responsible for cooking or cleaning! We get to eat out the whole trip without worrying about cutting someone else’s meat, picking up thrown crayons, or bringing a kid to the bathroom a gagillion times.
We also get to experience and enjoy local foods. In fact, we make it a point to search out and try each city’s signature dish. In Minneapolis, we ate Walleye tacos. Walleye is a local fish that we noticed on every single menu so had to try it.
However, trying new foods comes with the risk of indigestion. Target is based out of Minneapolis and is found on just about every corner! We found the #1 pharmacist recommended antacid brand with no problems. In fact, we grabbed the last bottle of the new TUMS Sugar-Free heartburn relief tablets on the shelf.
I’d just mentioned to one of our classes how the added sugar in retail frozen pops was what inspired me to create my own popsicle recipes. The bottle boasted all the extra power of TUMS, without the sugar. And it worked in seconds to provide heartburn relief. Plus, it’s small enough to throw into my makeup bag for other trips.
The new watermelon berry flavor is even pretty tasty! If you try to stick to a low sugar diet, like I do, any time the low sugar version is yummy is like a little Christmas treat. And if you like to save money, you can even grab this coupon before heading to the store for $.75 off of a 28 CT or larger bottle.
#3 Be prepared for an unexpected surprise
So my third tip comes after a surprise reminder of how female cycles tend to sync when women are together. My travel partners and I don’t live in the same state so outside of our monthly trips, we don’t spend much time physically together. So my regular as clockwork cycle shocked me by starting several days early…in unison with my business partner. I was totally caught off guard and will now be traveling with feminine products “just in case.”
Traveling is one of the most enjoyable parts of owning my own online business. I would never have imagined how working from home and sharing my tips with other moms would grow into the business that it is now but I am grateful for it.
And here’s a bonus tip:
Stage the most important items by the door so you don’t forget them when you are rushing to catch a flight.
As other moms dive into blogging and these travel opportunities open up, I hope these three tips help prevent some of the awkwardly fun situations that we’ve encountered!