Joe is a NINJA CPA blogger.
I know it sounds awful, and it can be. However studying for the CPA Exam during a vacation can be a great way to keep current with your studying materials while enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation.
As you travel to your destination whether by plane, train or automobile use that often boring time to study. If you are on a plane with WiFi access, it’s a perfect opportunity to do some NINJA MCQ, catch up on reading material or rewrite notes.
If you are driving to your destination, as I often do, the NINJA Audio is a great tool to use hands free. I often bring my headphones because after about 15 minutes into the ride I get asked by my wife or kids to turn it off. Make sure you only use one headphone, I am not so sure about how legal it is to have headphones in while driving.
Look for pockets of time that are ideal opportunities to study. 1 hour of studying is better than not studying at all. I recently got back from a 4 day trip to Aspen. I spent an hour each day right before dinner studying while the kids were napping and my wife was getting ready to go out.
Since I am not a morning person I had a few hour-long late night study sessions when everyone was asleep. While it is very tempting to nap or go to bed early during a vacation I found that a nice strong cup of coffee usually gives you the willpower to stay awake.
In our 4 day trip I was able to put in about 10 hours’ worth of studying. So next time you plan a trip, make sure your NINJA materials are with you!