7 ways to travel more even with a full time job
Yes, it may be soul-crushing to daydream of being in Maldives and as you snap back to reality, you are welcomed back with a pile of workload, working a dead end 9-to-5 job. You might think that’s what your life is and will always be but fret not, you can still turn that dream into reality.
You work to live and sustain the life you make of yourself; but you also desire and live to travel. It may be difficult to achieve if you think about it but with proper planning and altering of your lifestyle, it’s plausible.
You don’t have to be a professional travel blogger to fulfill your wanderlust. You can travel even with a 40-hour work week. It’s not going to be easy and you’re going to make a lot of sacrifices and mistakes along the way. But that’s part of living and traveling.
Be more strategic, decisive and smart in everything from your career to your finances. Leave your desk for a while—hear out some of these tips that shall help you balance work and travel.
1. Make travel a priority
We know, and we hear you. With all the bills, utilities, loans and funds you shell out money for each payday, travel is the least of your priorities. Time is a huge factor as well.
But if you really want to roam the globe, you might as well find ways and time to do it. You only have one life to live and you ought to live it as much as you can. Cut down on your unnecessary expenses, save more and spend less, or work overtime to earn extra vacation days. It’s always nice when you’re looking forward to something, isn’t it?
“You only have one life to live and you ought to live it as much as you can.”
2. Use your vacation days
Hooray for paid vacation days! . . . But do you even use it? Ask your friends or coworkers how many vacation leaves they still have before the year ends and chances are, they still have about 5 or more on the table.
One of the reason why employees choose not to take vacations is because of the amount of work they’ll leave behind. Hey, you work hard, you deserve to take a trip to Bali or a 3-day staycation in your local paradise. The fact that you have vacation days mean traveling is possible—it’s that simple. Don’t put your mental health take a toll on you, take a few days off and walk your itchy feet.
3. Plan and be strategic
Traveling requires well-thought out planning and strategy. So, where do you start? We suggest you start checking out your company’s calendar: what holidays do they acknowledge? Is there any 3-day weekend available to snatch?
Be strategic in terms of using your paid vacation days and PTO days together when needed. Have some dates in mind and watch out for airfare and hotel promos, deals and discounts. Always be on the lookout for promos and opportunities such as business travel opportunities. If you’re granted one, make the most of it.
4. Check your finances
Travel is expensive; but there are ways and destinations wherein you can travel on a budget. Speaking of budget, cut back on unnecessary expenses and save more to payoff your loans and bills fast. Plus, fund your travels!
Stop smoking. Brown bag your lunch to work. Say bye-bye to your Friday night margaritas. Withdraw from your gym membership and cancel all your subscriptions. No, you don’t always need to buy what you want; you need to buy what you need. Your wants can get taken care of later. If you want to push it, cut your cable and switch to prepaid instead of your cell phone postpaid plan. These are some of the many ways you can cut corners to save more and spend less. You don’t have to deprive yourself of everything, you only need to cut back a little where you can and whenever possible.
5. Set up a separate bank account
Shelling out some extra cash to fund your travels can be an issue especially if you have lots of fees to pay: rent, mortgage, student loans and other loans, bills and utilities, etc.
You might want to open a separate bank account exclusively for your travel needs (i.e. hotel, airfare, allowance). Deposit a reasonable amount each paycheck in it. The reason for setting up a separate account is so you don’t mix it up with your other necessities.
6. Take advantage of your business trips
If you’re fortunate enough to have opportunities where you get to travel for work, take advantage of those chances. Extend your trip for an extra day or two to explore the city or area of destination.
The good part here is, not only do you get to have another day or two to wander there but your airfare is also covered by your company or less.
7. Think local
If you really can’t find the time to travel for longer days or weeks, at least try to treat yourself on weekenders or mini vacations—stay in a hotel you’ve never been before, dine at a new restaurant around your area, go on exhibits and museums around your district, see a play, look up at the architecture, go to a park and observe your surroundings, walk a different route to and from work—these are baby steps you can start with.
How are you able to squeeze traveling in your busy schedule?
We’d like to know—leave a comment below!
About Chie Suarez
Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accommodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.