Once you get into field target, and you must be because you are reading this, you then need to plan out your season. I'm pretty lucky because I put on our monthly shoot and I then have the option of going to other matches that are within driving distance (2-6 hours). And then there are the bigger ones, like the Canadian Nationals, Pyramyd Air Cup, the U.S. Nationals (12 hours), and this year the Spring Cajun Classic in Baton Rouge (22 hours). Once you start going to these you look forward to the matches and thus you need to plan your season and time away from family.
Personally, I throw them all up on my electronic calendar and see what sticks and what doesn't. At least I have them all mapped out so I can look ahead to the next weekend and quickly determine if I'm able to go or not and plan for the other day to work on jobs at home. When I first started traveling I also put the travel time, when the match starts, cost, etc with each one so that I could make a choice about whether I'm up for going or not. It also helps to have a partner in crime. One or many people that can push/pull you a bit -- trust me, it makes a big difference.
Branching out to different matches will also help you improve because of the different course setups, different weather, and different competitors. Make sure to take some pictures. I say this but I'm usually the one who, at the moment, is more concerned with shooting than pulling out my camera. So this is something I plan on working on. It's nice to look back at the smiling faces that shot the same match with you. And if you do well, why that's just icing on the cake.
Here in the Northeast our season doesn't get started until April. March is just too crazy to plan anything outdoors. We joke about having all 4 season's in a week and it's true. Even April is a bit iffy, but we are typically all getting stir crazy for some outdoor fun, so if things look good we will start our season in April.
I ran into one fellow in Canada and his wife was getting a bit upset at how much time he was spending away. So, always willing to help an addict, I provided some advice. The winter is the time to put money into the bank, the love bank. And the spring, summer, and fall is when you start making withdrawals. And if, during the season, things get a bit tense then it's time to put some money in the bank again by spending a weekend at home. But also explain that there are worse things that you could be doing. Come on, spending a weekend having clean, outdoor fun...? Or better yet, invite her and the family along! If you're lucky they might join in and then you have your shooting buddy! Just hope that she isn't as good as Betsy, though. Doug is still second guessing that move every time Betsy beats him! Hang in there pal.