Deciding to go traveling is a big decision and can be one of the most exciting things you do. Whether for short trips or longer adventures, people travel for all different reasons. No matter why or how you travel, though, there will be downtime.

From waiting for your next flight to sitting on a train for hours on end, there are so many ways you will come across some downtime during your travels. This is completely normal, as travel can’t be exciting all the time. You can make the most of this time, though, and here are just a few examples of how.

1.   Work

You probably don’t want to consider working while you’re traveling but if you are able to work remotely, you can really extend your travels by just working in your downtime. 

Let’s say you’re a graphic designer; working on a new project in the few hours you have free each week can allow you to continue to fund your travels for much longer. Even though, when first embarking on your journey, you might enjoy the thought of not having to work for a while. If you consider how much downtime you will have during your travels, however, you might find it makes sense to fill this in with something practical. Moreover, it’s even better when this can help you bring some money in. 

2.   Learn Something

Travelling is often used to help yourself grow as a person. When you see new parts of the world and experience new cultures, you learn so much. With this in mind, it’s no far stretch to say that your downtime could be used to learn even more – whether you pick up something for fun or something useful. Learning to code or getting something like oracle training underway can be a great benefit and an amazing thing to pick up while you have some free time. 

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Upon returning from your travels, you might feel as though you have learned so much, what could be better than adding to this even more by coming back with further knowledge and skill?

3.   Contact Home

It can be a common thought that the person who leaves the home environment doesn’t miss their loved ones as much as those who have stuck around. This is understandable, as those still at home associate you being there and have to get used to it; while you are in a new environment.

Using your downtime to contact home and catch up with loved ones is a great way to touch base and fill those hours that you have. Those moments will likely mean a lot to your family or friends and it will be a good reminder to keep in touch each time you get a spare hour or two.

Travelling is full of amazing experiences but you’re not always going to be doing something super exciting. Sometimes there will be moments where you have nothing to do, filling this time with something useful or something you enjoy can be a great way to fill the gaps.

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Published by Mike

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