As you may or may not know, I came back from a holiday in Corsica not so long ago. The break was much needed and felt super good. Why, you may ask? Well, for starter, because I was exhausted and clearly needed a break. Second, because it was as stress-free as it could get. Like literally. And finally, the reason why it was so relaxing, is because… it was technology, internet and social media free.
Well, apart for the occasional Instagram stories, I must admit. Because how could I make you jealous of my holiday otherwise? Just kidding.
You may wonder how I did that. As a blogger, we live online. Our lives are on the internet and must be documented daily for our audience to remain captivated. Which means that we never truly get to holiday. We are basically always working. True that we cannot 100% completely log out because, well, our lifestyle is our job, but I have cracked a few ways to make your holiday as stress-free as possible. For a blogger point of view I mean.
A blogger’s guide to a stress-free holiday
1. Plan in advance
As a fashion blogger, I shot content twice a month, three to four outfits each time. It gives me enough content to write two weeks worth of blog posts. From there, I could plan my week away and start writing. As someone who leaves many things to the last minute, it is quite a lot of work so it was all down to organization. Start planning early. Indeed, you know when you’ll be away so you can anticipate how much content you’ll need. I was away from Saturday to the next Sunday. Posting each Wednesday and Sunday, I knew I needed three blog posts scheduled. Having the photos ready, I just had to write the blog posts. Thus, I had content being published automatically while I was away.
2. Schedule social media
Scheduling is something all bloggers do on a daily basis. However, having the schedule a week worth of social media is a lot of work. Facebook has a scheduling option so no problem here. Instagram scheduling comes with a price so you can not to post, pay for an app or post daily (but is it truly a holiday then?). Twitter and Pinterest are more work. I use Tailwind for Pinterest, which is fully automated so you’ve got nothing to do, although the app is not free. For Twitter, I use Tweetdeck when I have many days to schedule. 10 tweets a day for 9 days. Quite a lot of work indeed so I staggered the scheduling over a few days. When I was away, I had nothing to do and my social media were all being updated with new posts. Automation, you Bae!
3. Set up your Out-of-office
Maybe it is just me, but when I receive an email, I feel like I HAVE to answer it. As a matter of fact, it does not matter if I am on the weekend, at work or on holiday. I answer. It is something I need to stop doing. Thus, now, I don’t even open iMail when I am on my laptop at the weekend. If I don’t see the little red dot, I won’t feel tempted. The same goes on holiday. Set up your OOO email so that people know you are away and won’t answer until they are back. No guilt over not being quick at emailing back. For social media, set up the “night” mode on Twitter and disable notifications on others so that you are not inundated with notifications that you will want to check.
4. Let everyone know
How flickery is Instagram. You don’t post for a few days and hop! you lose dozens of followers. So what will happen when you are away. Well, you can’t prevent the follow/unfollow game or people unfollowing you but you can still let them know you won’t be posting for some time – on your feed or on your Instagram stories. I even went further and told everyone – work colleague, bloggers and friends – that I wanted to stay away from my phone while in Corsica so it’d be amazing if people refrained from texting. Off the grid for a week, barely any texts and my entire focus on my boyfriend, family and the fun!
5. Leave your laptop at home
Last but not least. I left my laptop at home. We all know how it is. You take your laptop with you “just in case” and end up spending a lot of time on it. While being on holiday. No laptop, no temptation. And if you really need to check something, you have your smartphone, which has internet. So see, you’re never far from civilization no matter where you are. Even the tiniest village lost in the Corsican mountain had 4G – roaming is free in the EU remember (although not for long for UK residents after Brexit so make the most of it now). Not having my laptop also forced me to do other things – reading, crosswords, sudoku, board games.
And you, how do you stress-free holiday?
Are you planning a holiday soon? How do you organize yourself with your blog when you are away? Any tips you want to share with us? Are these any useful to you? How do you stress-free holiday? Also, how pretty is this sunflower playsuit from Rubino Roo?
Thanks a lot for stopping by. Hope you liked this post!
See you soon,
*The playsuit featured in the photos has been gifted to me but all opinions remain my own.