You see so many stories online of people who quit their jobs to travel the world. It’s incredible and they are really inspiring stories, however the reality is that not everybody can do that. This post is for those of us who work full time, but also love to travel, and want to be able to do both.
I’ve become known at work for being the person who is always on holiday. And many of my colleagues ask how I manage to do that. To which my answer is always the same; we all have the same job title, the same salary, and the same amount of annual leave. So if I can afford to go on cool holidays multiple times a year, so can you. In this video and post, I will my main tips on how to travel more with a full time job.
1) Be flexible about dates!
If like me, you’re a recent graduate in your early 20s and just started working, you don’t have to be restricted on dates. You’re not a student anymore and unless you have kids in school, you don’t have to go travelling during school holidays anymore, you can go whenever you want! I’ll usually have a rough idea of the period I want to go travelling, for example I like going to hot countries around October and February, when it’s cold and miserable in London and everyone is feeling the post summer or post Christmas blues, but I don’t have specific dates I need to stick to. So what I do is I usually go on SkyScanner, select the whole month option as opposed to dates, and voila’, it’ll tell me on which dates it’s cheaper to fly.
2) Be smart about your annual leave!
If you take your annual leave around public holiday days, you can travel for longer while using less annual leave. For example I was away over Christmas and New Years for two weeks while only using three days of annual leave from work, because most of the days in between are holiday for everyone anyway. Now this kind of goes against my first point, since flights and hotels are usually more expensive at this time, but you need to find a balance between the two that works for you. I usually alternate between a trip over public holidays, so I can save annual leave days, and a trip at a random time so that I save money on flights.
3) Go on weekend breaks!
I do quite a lot of these. From London it’s about a two hour flight to most European cities, and it would be silly not to. You can go for a long weekend and just take off work Friday or Monday, or literally just Friday night to Sunday night. Both work well, depending on where you’re going and how much there is to see, and they’ll allow you to travel more, breaking up a normal working month with a weekend break to look forward to. Don’t underestimate just how much you can see of a city in just a couple of days! I’ve been on lots of weekend breaks while working in an office, some of them to beautiful European cities like Rome, Seville and Bath.
As a 9 to 5 office worker, these are the three methods that I use for travelling throughout the year. If you also have a fulltime job, and love travelling, I’d love to hear how you make it work! Just leave me a comment, or message me on Facebook or Instagram and I’d be happy to have a chat about it (or any other travel related topics really)! Also, for the people out there that are thinking of quitting their jobs to travel, you might want to check out my post with advice on ways to make money travelling!
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