How Can You Balance Your NYC Travel and Your Career?

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Many people believe that they have to choose between regular travel and a dazzling career. However, that does not always have to be the case, and it is possible to have the best of both worlds and see the most beautiful sights around NYC and the country while also sustaining and even advancing your career. As such, here are some of the steps that you can follow to balance your NYC travel with your career.

Take an Online Degree

When you decide that you want to advance your career by taking another qualification, you may believe that you have to quit work to go to a university or college campus for a few years or that you have to dedicate the entirety of your time to this degree at the detriment of the other important elements of your life. You may also think that the time that you will need to dedicate to this degree means that you will not have the time for travel in the foreseeable future. However, this is not the case. Instead, due to the online nature of many degrees, it is now possible to study for new qualifications while also seeing the world, meaning that your sabbatical from work can have a dual purpose. As such, if you are planning to travel in the future and yet are worried that your career will be put on hold while you do so, you should look into the many online degrees available that can allow you to get the qualifications that you need for your dream job around your sightseeing and all of the travel experiences that are on your bucket list. For instance, at Arbor University, they offer a vast range of post-Masters certificates, such as a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate.

Set Aside Workdays

When you decide that you want to spend more time traveling and less time at home, you may worry that you will not be able to fit in your sightseeing around the demands of work, especially if you are intending on freelancing or becoming a digital nomad while you are away. As such, if that is the case, you should not worry about whether you will be able to get your work done. You simply need to make sure that you do not ignore the work that you need to perform to fund your travel experiences. As such, you should create a schedule that includes time each day that you can spend working in a distraction-free climate. You might even decide to take this one step further and set aside entire workdays where you can focus and catch up on all the work that you might have fallen behind on while you were enjoying your trip. This will mean that your clients or manager do not get frustrated with your inability to keep up, without the need for you to stay at home.

Use Your Vacation Time

If you are desperate to travel the world and yet are nervous that this will mean putting your career on the backburner, you should make use of all of the vacation time that you have, and ensure that you do not use it all up on doctor’s and dentist’s appointments. Although the amount of vacation time that you will have differs depending on the employer that you work for and where you live, using your vacation time can allow you to fit in at least a few days and even weeks of vacation time each year. After a while, this then builds up, and you will soon find that you have visited everywhere that you want to go. You may even be able to take all of your vacation time at once or carry it over for a few years so that you can take it off in bulk later, depending on the stance of your manager. If you want to go away for longer, you will need to discuss the possibility of unpaid leave with your boss, which will be more likely to be agreed upon if you are otherwise a dedicated employee and if you have a good relationship with your manager.

Find Suitable Accommodation

However, one of the biggest barriers that you may run into when you are trying to juggle travel in NYC with your career is that you will need to find suitable accommodation that will allow you to complete all of your work without any issues. For instance, this accommodation will usually need to have Wi-Fi and charging points for you to be able to use all of your electronics without issue. Not only this, but you will likely need a desk or some sort of seating that will ensure that you can work without the risk of back pain and other typical office injuries. As such, before you book your accommodation, you should always look for these features first and contact the accommodation in question to find out more if this is not clear on their booking website.

Become a Digital Nomad

One of the best ways that you can successfully balance your NYC travel plans with your career is to become a digital nomad. Becoming a digital nomad involves running your own one-person business or deciding to become a freelancer. When you become a digital nomad, your working hours and the location that you work in will be set by you, as well as the amount of work that you take on, and even sometimes your deadlines. As such, by becoming a digital nomad, you will be more in control of and able to organize your work, and this can ensure that you can adapt it according to your needs as someone who is also passionate about travel. However, you will need to make sure that you always carry equipment and gadgets such as a laptop or a tablet with you when you decide to become a digital nomad, and you may also decide to research internet cafes in each location that you travel to.


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