A frequent misconception about someone who travels often is that they’re filthy rich or have quit their job to backpack. For me, and many others, the above statements don’t ring true. I’ve always either been studying or working during my travels. You know, I actually quite like travelling whilst working full-time because it allows me to maximise each day to the fullest. That’s what the ‘secret’ is, pulling every second. With the short answer out the way, let me guide you through some tips which you’ll need to juggle work with travel.
Stick To 24-Hour Trips.
If you’re spontaneous then you’ll love the idea of 24-hour trips abroad. This is actually my preferred method of travel for locations within close proximity. No accommodation needed, as you’ll be back home the same day, and no stress to pack multiple outfits. The fact time is limited on 24-hour trips does mean it’s good to have some plan of what you want to see or do, but I usually just check-out central areas for shopping and food. The only thing I really plan is transportation.
Can’t Travel Abroad? Go Local.
Travel doesn’t always need to involve a plane. I’m sure there are so many hidden gems where you all live. Yup, even the UK has sites worth seeing lol. To read about my recent 12 hours in Edinburgh, click here.
No Time To Travel? Weekend It!
Perhaps an obvious point but one people forget about. There is no denying flights tend to be more expensive on weekends, but it’s one way to fix wanderlust. If you’ve worked out weekends are the only time you can travel, book in advance. Thinking of taking a little staycation but rely on public transport? Try searching up coaches which depart after work on Friday. If the journey time is long, you’ll arrive on Saturday morning with the entire weekend free to see the sights.
Book Annual Leave Close To Bank Holidays/Extended Weekends.
A game-changer of a tip. If you plan correctly, you’ll get more from your annual leave. Select weeks with multiple public holidays running into Saturday/Sunday. For example, in April 2022 there are two Bank Holidays. If you take four days off, which naturally then fall into a new weekend, you’ll get 10 days off in total. For someone who works full-time, these types of realizations are always welcome. If you’re a full-time student, utilise your reading weeks to travel. Just don’t tell your professor I said that.
Run Your Errands Abroad.
If your weekend schedule is looking full, think about which tasks can be done abroad. Hear me out. Need to shop for a specific outfit? Try doing it abroad. Of course it depends on the nature of the errand, but in the above example you’ve potentially got yourself a mini vacation.
Book Evening Flights.
There is no need to book an entire day off work for an evening flight. I mean, you’ll run out of annual leave days quicker. Get everything packed in advance so you’re good to go the moment you step out the office.
Instead of spending 2 hours travelling to the capital, explore the lesser-known cities closer to your accommodation. You’ll end up seeing more in a shorter space of time, and will probably discover locations even Google hasn’t picked up...
At this point, you might be thinking about the costs associated with frequent travelling. Ready for me to blow your mind? Most of my trips actually cost less than a night-out in my home city. Genuinely. I’ll link my article on budget travel if you want to find out more: How To Travel The World On A Budget
Until then, see you in the next post.