A frequent misconception about someone who travels full-time is that they are ALWAYS either filthy rich or have quit their job to backpack. For me, and many others, the above statements don’t ring true at all. I’ve always either been studying or working during my travels, so I’m here to show you how you can travel frequently whilst being employed full-time. It really is possible. You know, I quite like travelling whilst working full-time in a different field because it allows me to maximise every day to its fullest. That’s what the ‘secret’ is, making the most of every second. With the short answer out the way, if you want exact tips on how you can travel often with a limited schedule then keep reading…
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 to me. No accommodation needed as you’ll be back home the same day and no stress to pack multiple outfits. I usually tend to take the earliest flight available to give myself enough time to explore, then catch the latest return flight. 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 most of the time I just check-out central areas for shopping, food and tourism so the only thing I really plan is the transportation.
Can’t Travel Abroad? Go Local
Travel doesn’t always have to be abroad! I’m sure there are so many hidden gems where you all live. Local travel just makes sense when you get a day off but don’t know what to do with it. I guess you could call it being a tourist in your own city. I’ve been taking little day trips to different cities across the UK and my only regret has been not doing it sooner! Along the way, I’ve discovered picturesque beaches, stunning mountain views and plenty of dainty historical towns which I didn’t even know existed.
No Time To Travel? Weekend It!
Perhaps an obvious point but one that is often forgotten about. There is no denying flights tend to be more expensive on weekends, but it can be one way to combat the travel bug! If you know that weekends are the only time you get off from work, research flights in advance to ensure you grab a ticket for a reasonable price. Thinking of taking a little staycation and 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. I do this a lot when travelling up to Scotland, which from my home is about 9 hours on the coach.
Book Annual Leave Close To A Bank Holiday Or Extended weekend
This is really a game-changer of a tip. If you plan correctly, you could get more than double days off by using up half of that allowance from annual leave. This is done by selecting weeks with multiple public holidays which run into a weekend. For example, for 2022, in April, there are two Bank Holidays besides a weekend, so if you take four days off, which naturally then fall into a new weekend, you’ll get 10 days off. For someone who works full-time, these types of realizations are always welcome. If you are 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 with an example! If you need to shop for a specific outfit, would international stores solve the problem? Of course, it depends on the nature of the errand but most people in the above example won’t shop from morning to evening without breaks, so the errand would turn into a vacation.
Book Evening Flights When You Go On Holiday
A lot of people book an entire day off for an evening flight that they have scheduled after work, but this can be counterproductive down the line as you’ll run out of annual leave days quicker. If you keep everything packed and ready in advance, you’re good to go the moment you sign-out from work.
Instead of spending half of the day getting to the capital, explore the less well-known cities closer to your accommodation so you can end up seeing more in the same amount of time. Need convincing? You’ll probably discover locations even Google won’t pick up.
This post was inspired by a previous comment from a friend who mentioned she was mind-blown how I can travel with limited free-time, as I work full-time. I think that once I made travel one of my priorities, I was able to make sacrifices for it. If anyone is wondering, ‘but isn’t that expensive?’, I’ll tell you within seconds how so many of my trips cost less than a night-out in my home city. Genuinely! I’ll leave the link to my article on budget travel here if you want to give it a read: How To Travel The World On A Budget
Until then, see you in the next post!