Modern Family Vacation: How to Travel with Kids and Still Work

Travel With Kids


Balancing the needs of your family with work can be a challenge and sometimes the same is true during your vacation.

If you find that you need to work during your family vacation, finding a way to work undisturbed will be key and take some planning.

While you are on vacation, there may be times when you need to be 100% focused on your work without any interruptions.

Whether you want to create a slideshow online for your colleagues or have a live chat with your manager, it is reasonable to have the need to travel without interrupting your work. 

In this quick guide, we will have a look at the best tips and tricks you can follow to keep a balance between work and your family vacation. 

How to Balance Work on Vacation

There are plenty of ways to ensure you are uninterrupted if you need to work on your next vacation.

When traveling with your family a can get a little more complicated. Here are 6 practical tips to help you organize your workflow during your vacation and minimize disruptions.

1. Plan Your Itinerary Carefully

If you have already scheduled your vacation, chances are you have also read some top-notch guides on how to plan your family trip.

Plan your Trip

If you need to work during your vacation, you should plan your itineraries carefully, just like if you were working from home. The first step is to start by scheduling your time for work and breaks.

After all, you need to be just as productive as you would be if you were working from home. So when you plan your family trips, make sure you divide your days between work and having fun with the family.

2. Set Office Hours During Your Vacation

Our next tip is essential for your children and you as we all want to spend a lot of time together as a family on vacation.

If you set up specific hours for work, it will be easier to accommodate your needs and those of your children. 

After you get everything that needs to be done at work, you can spend the rest of the day with your kids.

3. Allocate a Space for Work 

When you work from home, you have your home office, which is usually separated from the rest of your home by a closed door. When working on vacation, it should be no different.

When you arrive at your hotel, you can start by choosing a place to work and a place for the children to play when you work. Then you can explain to your children that this is no different than your office at home.

Play Break

By setting some boundaries, you can ensure that your children understand that you will be working during your vacation.

This no-interruption space is very important as it will allow you to stay focused and comfortable during your working hours. 

4. Keep Your Little Ones Occupied

As mentioned earlier, time management allows you to spend more time with your family.

If your children are older, it could mean that they can partake in activities that would require very little of your involvement. This will prove beneficial for both you and your children.

On the flip side, if you are traveling with toddlers, there are multiple travel accessories you can opt for to keep them occupied while you are working.


A travel journal is a great idea for young and older children to take time out whilst you need to work on vacation.

Most family-friendly hotels also provide kids’ clubs that will entertain your little ones via endless activities during the day. 

5. Embrace Interruptions 

Even though all of the above will help you minimize interruptions, there will always be times when your little ones will force you to take an unnecessary break.

Remember that interruptions are unavoidable whilst working during your vacation.

With that in mind, embrace these interruptions and avoid getting stressed every time you are a little bit behind schedule. If you do that, you will definitely have a better time. 

6. Spend Time Together as a Family

No matter how well you’ve crafted your itinerary, you must stick to the plan to make it work.

Family Travel

For example, there will be times when you’ll be tempted to open your laptop outside of your work hours. This is especially true if you have specific deadlines to meet for your work projects. 

But do not forget that your vacation is extremely important for spending time with your family and yourself.

If you can do that, you’ll be one step closer to avoiding unnecessary tension.

Final Thoughts

Obviously, it’s not easy to focus on your work while traveling with your kids, and depending on the length of your trip it might just be easier to travel without your kids.

However, if you follow the tips mentioned above, you are more likely to have a stress-free vacation with your family.

All you need to do is plan carefully and communicate with your loved ones.

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Andrzej Ejmont

Andrzej believes life to be a never ending adventure. Originally from Poland, he is a devoted husband and father. Dedicated and enthusiastic to chase all his dreams. Storytelling to entice other families to travel.