When you scroll through your Instagram feed it can be incredibly frustrating to see all these young 20-somethings travelling the world as if it’s their day job. Well actually it probably is, since so many influencers are actually making thousands of dollars posting pictures of their lavish hotels and incredible adventures. But alas, if that’s not you and you have a 9 to 5 job, you don’t have to quit it to travel the world.
You CAN travel while holding down a full time job, you just need to follow these life hacks and tips:
Travel on the weekends
Even though you’re busy in the week, you still have the weekend to look forward to. If you fly somewhere on a Friday night, you can have an entire weekend in a new city, or at least go for a nice weekend getaway in your home country. It can be tempting to just lounge around at home and watch Netflix, but in reality you could be spending your weekends in Rome, Paris or Prague.
Take advantage of bank holidays
Bank holidays allow for an extra long weekend, so take advantage of them and book your travel near a bank holiday weekend. Yes the traffic can be mental and airports get ultra busy, but it’s the perfect opportunity to get a 3 day holiday.
Use your holiday days wisely
The amount of holiday days can vary from country to country – for example, according to American Travel Blogger, apparently one of the differences between living in the US and the UK is that UK workers tend to get around 28 days holiday per year, while in the US it’s often much less – around 14 or 15 days. Since your time is precious, the best thing to do is travel from weekend to weekend. If you fly on a Saturday morning and return back on a Sunday night, you’re actually getting around 9 days holiday for the price of 5 days off work.
Find places close to home
If you don’t have the time to jet off somewhere exotic, you can still explore your own backyard. Take a look at a map and see what places are an hour or two from your home – it’s still exciting to taste the feeling of going somewhere new, even if it doesn’t involve stepping on a plane.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate with your boss
If you talk to your boss they may be understanding and even give you the time off you need. I’ve met several people travelling who’ve said they spoke to their bosses and eventually negotiated an unpaid break from work.
By following these tips it’s entirely possible to feel like you’re travelling all the time, even if you’re spending Monday to Friday working at your desk. There’s no need to take a sabbatical or look at travel blogs feeling envious, all you need to do is make time in your schedule for travel.