When recently asked for tips on finding time and budget for travel this summer, there's what members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) had to say.
1. Make for a Happy Homecoming
"This summer, I've gone to Denver, L.A., Nevada, Orlando and Montreal so far! The key is planning the week of your return in advance. Don't take any meetings; instead, spend that first morning easing back into your flow. Catch up on your e-mails and assignments. If you have focused work time during the week of your return, you'll be all caught up and won't feel burned out."
"I'm going to St. Lucia on my honeymoon this July, which has been a great motivator to finally set up some automatic sales funnel systems for my company. This way, I'll have a constant stream of people coming to my site (and hopefully, buying my product) while I'm away. I'm looking forward to kicking back with a tropical drink and knowing that my income hasn't stalled while I'm in the Caribbean!"
"These days, you can do way more work remotely than you're probably giving yourself credit for. Travel wherever you want, but simply set aside time each day to get down to work. Leverage tools for video conferencing and project management to make the idea of remote work more of a reality."
"I try to minimize the amount of trips I take by maximizing my use of a destination when I do travel. For instance, if I'm headed to New York City for a meeting that requires in-person interaction, I try to schedule several non-essential meetings with others. That in-person interaction leads to a stronger relationship and can keep me from needing to travel there again soon."
"My work takes me to a lot of amazing places where I get to meet even more amazing people, so I'll usually take an extra day or two once I'm there to enjoy the area on a personal level. It also helps if you have friends in your niche that are also attending the same events or meetings so you have people to hang out with after the deals are done."
"As an entrepreneur, you will always have a never-ending laundry list of things to accomplish. Don't wait until the list is finished to take time off, but instead add vacation time to your to-do list. By doing so, you not only will recharge while you are away, but you will also have extra motivation to manage your other time well before you leave."