Travelling has always been a priority to me. While working full time means I don’t always have the opportunity to travel when I please, this year I will have taken two overseas trips a year, two domestic trips and a few weekend getaways.
Only the lucky few can make a career out of travelling full time. While you may not be able to take an 8-week European vacation working full time, you can still take time out of our lives to see the world. It just takes a little planning and budgeting and you will be off jet setting in no time.
The guilt factor
Studies have identified that only 51% of American take their paid vacations each year. How absurd is that? You work hard 8 or more hours a day and deserve to have some time off, yet for some reason, we feel guilty about leaving? Yet when you think about it, taking paid leave makes so much sense.
If you take time off work to travel and pursue your passion you will be more refreshed and feel more productive returning to work. Put plain and simple, you need that time off to recuperate and focus on you and this also benefits your employer.
Take advantage of holiday breaks
Maximise paid time off by booking your travel plans over public holidays or coinciding with weekends. While a lot of workplaces are more accommodating with work/life balance, it’s unlikely that you will be able to take 6 weeks off for vacation. (But hey, you may work somewhere really awesome)
With a little planning, you are able to extend your holiday time and take longer trips without digging into your leave.
Go away for the weekend
Sometimes the best travel experiences aren’t all that far. Look out for places close by and you can turn your weekends into mini holidays. Extend your weekend by a few days by taking off the Monday and the Friday and you get a mini-break.
Start to plan in advance
Working full time makes it harder to be spontaneous. You may need to have your holidays approved in advance and depending on your profession, there may be some periods where you can’t take it off.
This may mean you have to plan your holiday further in advance, ensuring that everything is in order. This isn’t necessary a bad thing as sometimes there are early bird booking specials and it means you have something to look forward to.
Just go alone
I travel alone around 50% of the time. The reason is that if I waited for someone else who wanted to go where I did when, when I did, I would keep delaying my plans. Not to mention trying to coordinate schedules and getting the same time off. That’s why if I wanted to go somewhere long enough, I know longer hesitate to go on my own.