Summertime Fun in Dallas – 7 Tips for Balancing Work, Play, & Travel

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Dallas is a great place to be in the summer! There are a multitude of events that go on throughout the city, and it is the perfect home base for Texas travel. But, with an active work and social calendar, comes the obstacle of finding the balance to not neglect one or the other.

When I moved back to Dallas from a country where everyone's favorite word was "mañana" and the culture was “work to live" and not "live to work," it took some effort to find a good balance. Although everyone finds balance in different ways, these are all tips that have helped me adjust back into a fast-paced environment where I could still be true to my work/life/travel lifestyle.

1. Know What is Important To You- Finding balance doesn’t always mean that everything has to be given equal attention. Depending on where you are in your life; work, play, or travel may take precedence. But, by establishing how much time you would like each to be a part of your life, you can balance more effectively.

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2. Choose 2 or 3 Nights a Week to Have “You” Time - Perhaps you haven’t thought too much about what is important to you to help you find that balance. If this is the case, spending some time with you is the perfect place to start. Some people run, cycle, do yoga, play the guitar, the list of things to do is endless. Self reflection can be done various ways. Dallas offers some great outdoor options with beautiful scenery. You can do some running around White Rock Lake, bike trails with a Dallas cyclist group, or join the Cosmic Cafe Group for some Dynamic Meditation or Laughing Yoga.

3. Set Parameters- We all fall into the trap of forgetting how to say no. It really is impossible to be in numerous places at one time. Moreover, if you overwhelm yourself constantly with more than you can handle, almost 100% of the time, your social life and travel are what gets pushed to the wayside.

4. Find a Hobby to Help You Play - Some people often times feel guilty if they spend too much time “playing,” but playing can help you learn new skills. Play can also be productive. Hobbies allow you to interact with others, learn, and develop as a person. Have you always wanted to learn to be artsy? Try a class at The Make Site in The Bishop Arts District. You could also bring out the Picasso in you and learn to paint at Painting With A Twist. Want to practice moving your hips to the grooves or learn another language? Check out various Dallas groups on Meet-up.

5. Keep Commitments on Your Social Calendar - This can be difficult. Many working professionals are always having to adjust and constantly move things around so we tend do this with our social life as well. We let last minute “priorities” take control of us. Make it a point to not cancel your personal and travel time unless it is a true emergency. There will always be work, always be something you feel you have to get done immediately, and always be people that make you feel something is more important. But, I will let you in on a little will always be there tomorrow. I tried it once, and to my surprise the world didn’t come to an end.

6. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Short Road Trips- It’s wonderful to be in Dallas, and want to explore the great State of Texas. Only 3 hours to Austin, 4 hours to San Antonio or you can even take a weekend trip down to South Texas for some sun and surf. There are also tons of great cities of all sizes throughout the state that are well worth a Texas Road Trip.

7. Plan Trips in Advance and Place Them on Your Calendar- By making plans in advance, and placing them on your calendar you are more likely to plan around them. Just remember to stick to tip number 5, and don’t cancel at the last minute. Planning travel doesn’t always mean that it has to be to a far off exotic destination or long trips.

Calendar of Things to Do in Dallas this Summer

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A Texas native and travel addict, Alisha Robertson is a 20-something professional, lover of pineapples, and wanderer. Since returning back to Dallas after a year working and traveling in South America she has been mastering the art of how you can find balance and not always follow conformity.  Alisha has launched SmallWorldPursuits, an educational blog about broadening horizons, traveling abroad, volunteering, and connecting with cultures from around the world. You can often find her anywhere near the water or salsa dancing. To see where she is venturing, you can follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

34 Responses to “Summertime Fun in Dallas – 7 Tips for Balancing Work, Play, & Travel”

  1. I really like number 6. Sometimes it just takes a few days away to become centered again.

    1. Yes! I love road trips. You know the Renaissance festival is going on as well as GermanFest this weekend in Muenster, Tx. Both great opportunities for road trips!

  2. Great tips for our lives-no matter where you live.

  3. A friend of mine was just telling me the other day about meditation classes at Cosmic Cafe. I have never been to one, so this is on my to-list for the summer.

    1. Laughing Yoga is also worth checking out!

  4. Road trip!! I think I'll start planning one today; always raises my spirit. All good advice though.

  5. Great "mini-roadtrip" ideas! Also great tips for staying connected in Dallas. Thanks!

  6. Great advice! In the past I had a hard time finding time for me with raising three kids. Now, all the kids are grown and on their own, I still have a hard time balancing the events in my life but I think that is because I have spent all my time taking care of someone else that I don't know how to take care of myself. Today, I start taking care of Me....thanks to your blog!

  7. Wicked Awesome Mint!


  8. Great ideas! I'll have to put these into practice, especially with all the festivals and everything that happen throughout the Spring and Summer.

    Thanks for the tips!

  9. Great tips for everyone who wants to be anyone. I personally can say I am not a very balanced person to this day. Maybe your advice can help me fix that. Great job

    1. Glad you enjoyed the article...I hope this helps you balance!

  10. Wow! I just realized how often I actually do some of those things, like not planning far enough in advance and then not being able to do something that I really want to do. There were a couple things in this article that I hadn't even heard of before like "Laughing Yoga" and "Painting with a Twist?" I think I'm going to have to make time for myself and find a way to make these happen! Maybe I can even work my way up to the road trip thing eventually. I'm going to be sad if the summer ends with me still sitting here in my office reading travel articles and I haven't spent some serious time in a cabana on a beach somewhere soaking up the rays!

    1. I think the not planning in advance thing is a typical guy trait :)

      1. spontaneity is good as long as you remember to make time for things that make you happy!

  11. I've been looking into sewing classes at the Make Site in Bishop arts! Has anyone taken one? I have an ancient sewing was my grandmothers in the 50s...still works perfectly! I just need to learn how to use it!

    1. Kendell, The Make Site has some great classes! We should connect and choose one to attend :)

      1. Yes! Shoot me an email (kendall at and we can pick one out!

  12. Great post! How can I incorporate your tips with small kids? The ankle biters don't do well on road trips but do you suggest any local events that are "kid friendly"?

    1. Gabriel, you should check out the article on this site about 6 kid and family activities in dallas. all great ideas for your next venture with kiddos!

  13. Great stuff Alisha!

  14. Always in awe of how you manage it all! You offer some very sound advice and I am very guilty of letting someone "guilt" me into yet another volunteer opportunity. Learning to take time for yourself is a task I learned much later in life and the benefits to yourself and those around you are countless.

  15. Sage and practical advice.

    It's ironic how some of the most spontaneous and thrilling moments of life result from careful planning - like when I schemed up that shakedown out in Frisco.

    Seriously though - this inspires because it is within our grasp.

  16. Nice job, Alisha! I'm going to print out your fantastic article and stick it next to the "Cares Event Calendar" on my door (as well as my Saints Superbowl Champs flag, Who-Dat!...and Valentines Day card from my parents) - this way I'll be reminded to plan for "me" time and schedule time with friends - like you - over the next month and a half of my life.

    T minus three days until crazy, fun road trip! Woohoo!!!

  17. Wow! Its like she is speaking to my soul!!! This is exactly what I need in my life. Perhaps I could make even 5 or 6 nights a week for "me" time - if only I'd say NO a little more :) then maybe I'd find my balance ... or at least be able to stand on one foot longer than 8 seconds.

  18. Great advice, A! Setting priorities is the easy part...balancing is the hard part. Can I come spend a week in the life of Alisha?!

  19. ¡Enhorabuena Alishita! Estás hecha toda una artista. Un artículo muy instructivo con unos consejos muy estimulantes e inspiring (no sé porqué pero esta palabra me suena mejor en inglés). Especialmente "know what is important to you", "find a hobby to help you play" and "keep commitments on your social calendar". Buen trabajo ;)

  20. Great ideas and very timely for our family as we are planning a short road trip in a few weeks.

  21. Great Tips! Thanks for pointing these out.

  22. work life balance is a struggle for many up and comers. Enjoyed it!

  23. Great ideas! Thank you so much for your help.

  24. Excellent read. We should all try some of these things.

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