People quit their jobs all the time to go traveling, right? That’s what it seems like according to my newsfeed; whether I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube I’m constantly bombarded with stories of people quitting their job in order to follow their traveling dreams.
That’s all well and good, but what about the people who need to work in order to travel, how can we get around that pesky little thing called 9 – 5?
Here are some great tips on how you can hold down a full time job and still have an affair with your little exotic secret, wanderlust.
Use your vacation day allowance to go on an actual vacation
Look – you don’t need the full day off to go to the dentist or to have a shopping spree mid-week (because you hate shopping at the weekend when it’s super busy.) Although its tempting to take spontaneous days off work, if you end up just lazing in bed or strolling around your own city then you’re technically wasting those oh so precious vacation days.
Use all/the majority of your vacation days for one epic trip
Yes, you’re putting all your eggs in one basket but imagine how amazing that one trip would be. I don’t think anything could beat the feeling of logging off your computer for the last time in four weeks. Pure bliss. It’s also the most efficient way to use your holidays and the most money efficient for when you’re actually travelling. If you plan your trip well, you can opt for travelling over night to really stretch those days and travel as much mileage as possible.
Stretch your weekends
If you can’t bare the thought of working 11 months straight, then it will be a good idea for you to utilize your weekends for city breaks. Strategically use your vacation days to transform weekends into an opportunity to travel. Note: taking advantage of public holidays is a great way to squeeze in a trip, add one or two vacation days onto a week already containing a public holiday and then you are really been efficient! Well done you travel pro.
If you’re looking for a job or career change make sure you use the in-between time to go traveling. You don’t really need a better excuse for traveling than unemployment right?! Book a flight to New York and be spontaneous. Plus it will re-energize you in prep for your new job.