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  • Michelle Bucher | May 3, 2015 2:33 PM ET

    Work-Life Balance: Road Tripping with a Computer

    Work-Life Balance: Road Tripping with a Computer

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    I do love a good road trip, and we generally try to get out onto the open highway several times a year.

    Being an entrepreneur, when I go out on road trips, I can’t simply shut down my business for several weeks. Thus, wherever I go, so does my computer. This can be a challenging task at times; many of our trips are jam-packed with sightseeing, hours and hours of driving, and short naps in the car for several days at a time.

    Here’s how I manage a work-life balance while road tripping:


    I do a lot of prep-work before hitting the road. Much of the prep-work done is planning out our road trip adventure, but also preplanning content for the writing and social media contracts that I have. Doing prep-work in advance allows me more free time while on the road.

    Staying Organized

    Much of the prep-work that I do also includes making a work “schedule” for myself while on the road. Staying organized and staying on top of tasks allows me to not “drop the ball” on projects while out having fun.

    I have a wonderfully patient road trip crew, and they’ve gotten used to me working while we’re road tripping.

    Enjoying Downtime

    After several years of road tripping, I’ve learned the importance of downtime. I now make sure to plan some down days for us; whether it be relaxing by the pool, or a lazy day in a nice hotel, either way we make time for downtime out of the car.


    This is an important thing for entrepreneurs to do, whether you’re on the road or at home in your office. Disconnecting from the internet not only allows me to enjoy the different scenery of the road, but we also get to explore different destinations without having a computer in my lap all day.

    One of the main ways I disconnect from work while road tripping is to go hiking. We try to work several hikes into our road trips as I find hiking is an amazing way to explore a new state, and you really get to appreciate the natural beauty of North America while trekking on foot.


    When we road trip, we don’t always stay over in hotels. Some of our trips include us driving at night time so we reach a new destination by sunrise. Wi-Fi can be a tricky thing while road tripping.

    Places like Starbucks and McDonald's are a great source for using free Wi-Fi. We often pull over at a McDonald's or Starbucks if I need to get a good amount of work done. I also use the mobile hotspot on my cell phone, this way we don’t have to stop anywhere. This also gives me freedom to turn on my mobile hotspot whenever I need internet, I can get some work done, then take a nap in the car.

    Now let’s hear from you. If you’re a road tripper, what sources do you use for Wi-Fi while on the road?


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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