Holiday Ideas for Online Teachers: What To Do

Holiday Ideas For Online Teachers

It’s December, and if you are anything like me, your mind is beginning to wander. There are countless differences between a classroom teaching job and teaching online, but one blatant similarity is that things tend to slow down over the holidays.

That happens across the board actually. Most industries, save retail and hospitality, are pretty mellow once mid-December hits.

What’s a digital nomad online teacher such as yourself supposed to do with the lag in work? We’ve got a few ideas.

Holiday Ideas For Online Teachers: Travel

Of course, this is top of the list. Travel is why we do this, right? Even if you aren’t planning to visit family this year, use this chance to head somewhere fresh and relax. Flights are expensive and airports crowded this time of year.

We’re not a fluff site. I’m not going to sit here and tell you to go to the beach because it’s cold outside. Make up your own mind on destinations, but here are a few hints to make the process easier and cheaper:

  • Install eBates into your Chrome browser. eBates automatically scans websites as you Google or browse them and pulls up any specials they offer on the eBates site. Plus, they provide cash back on those purchases, making this an easy way to double-dip that travel hacking before points even come into play.
  • Peruse the gamut of flight finders. Skyscanner can be good for busy times, as well as cheapflights.com and Airfare Watchdog. If you’re on any flight hacking mailing lists, keep your eyes peeled for mistake fares and sudden, last minute price drops. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of that ultimate of digital nomad perks, the ability to be anywhere – there’s bound to be a good deal if you’re flexible.
  • Hotels.com and Priceline are go-to’s for room booking. Priceline famously lets you bid on rooms, and hotels.com still boasts the famous Rewards program that makes the 11th night free after each accumulated ten nights of booking through their site.
  • In general, heavy tourist destinations including beach and ski resorts jack up their prices this time of year. This is a great time to check out spots that aren’t typically thought of as holiday hotspots.
Holiday Ideas For Online Teachers: Develop your business and personal goals for 2018

While the rest of the industry is sipping rum-laced eggnog and watching football, get a head start on 2018. Lay out your financial and sales targets, do any lesson planning and curriculum work that needs updates, and lay out the steps for launching a new class/product/special to drive more business.

January is a great time to list new offerings. Natalie Sisson at The Suitcase Entrepreneur put together this great one-page business plan that allows business leaders to map out their path for the next year. The best part? It’s free and fun to fill out.

On a personal level, the holidays and upcoming New Year are perfect for working on your personal self. Perhaps it’s time to start a bullet journal, or step up your game in a regular journal or notebook. Nomatic has a great one that is built for travelers. Personally, I’ve been reading Tim Ferriss’ new book Tribe of Mentors and it’s got me constantly jotting down quotes and inspiration.

And hey, who says you can’t enjoy a little rum and eggnog throughout the process?

Holiday Ideas For Online Teachers: Up your fitness game

Here’s an equation. What is the result of more lazy time + more heavy, high-calorie food + more alcohol?

The answer is: not pretty.

I’m the first one to enjoy the holiday spread and certainly am not going to shy away from an extra helping if it’s offered. But I try to balance it out by making sure I hit the gym in the morning and this time of year, add an extra few reps and laps to burn off the calories.

It’s incredible how much better one can feel when the holiday meals aren’t capped by a massive guilt session. An exercise routine can be tough to build on the road, but these tips have helped me immensely-

  • SworkIt. An exercise and stretching app for smartphones that is both free and awesome. Many workout options are available, and you can customize the workout time and difficulty. Perfect for hotel rooms, airport lounges, and spare bedrooms.
  • Yoga With Adriene. Another perfect travel workout buddy. Adrienne posts new free yoga videos on YouTube each week, and also offers multiple 30-day training options (also free, though donations are accepted) through her website. Most flows are doable for novices like me, without the pressure of going to a class.
  • Teacher Indie’s handy Health Tips For Online Teachers. A collection of stretches and exercises perfect for just about anywhere.
Holiday Ideas For Online Teachers: Routines Help You Stay on your A-game

It’s easy to fall out of rhythm during the holidays. Over the years, I’ve come to really appreciate simple ways to keep a routine of work and personal growth when everyone around me is focused on gifts and football.

I hope you find these tips worthwhile – I’d love to hear what your holiday wellness routine looks like. Shoot me an email here.

Ray is the founder and creator of Teacher Indie. He is an award-winning entrepreneur who has created online education businesses that have appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Boston Globe and many others. His goal is to help teachers from around the world get online and gain the financial independence they deserve.

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