How to Travel the World While Working a Full-Time Job
One of the biggest struggles for travel lovers is finding the time to see the world while holding a full time job. Next to money, this is probably the biggest obstacle holding people back.
I often get asked how I'm able to travel as much as I do, so I thought I'd share some tips for those of you suffering from a little travel fever. ;)
Make Travel a Priority
If you are serious about seeing the world, you are going to have to make some sacrifices. It's no secret that flights are expensive, so being able to travel may mean cutting back on eating out and expensive weekend activities. Think back to the money you spent last week alone. Did you eat out for lunch everyday? Did you spend money on unnecessary items? If you eat out 5 times a week at roughly $10/meal, that's $50 per week you could be saving for a flight.
Making travel a priority also means committing to a plan. This is the biggest piece of advice I can give someone. About a year ago I finally decided to stop daydreaming and being jealous of other people's adventures and actually take action! As hard as it was for me to drop lots of money on travel, I never once have regretted spending money on a trip. Now I'm not saying to blow your whole savings account on travel, but at some point you have to be able to let go of some of that hard earned money and put it towards something that makes you happy.
Take Advantage of Holidays
Planning vacations around holidays is one of the most important factors that allows me to travel as much as I do. 90% of my trips involve a holiday, meaning that I spend a lot fewer vacation days. A lot of holidays in the US, like Memorial Day and Labor Day, fall on Mondays giving you a 3 day weekend. This means if you want to plan a 9 day trip, you only have to use 4 vacation days! I use this tactic a lot to maximize my vacation time!
Find a Remote Job
Now I know this isn't possible for everyone, but if you are a person that has this ability and are serious about traveling, I highly recommend to seek out jobs that will allow you to work remotely. Now just because you have a remote job, doesn't mean you are going to get to spend everyday on fun adventures. A big chunk of your trip may be spent working on your computer in a coffee shop, or at your Airbnb...but it does give you the flexibility to go more places and enjoy your evenings soaking up new cultures. Just remember, it takes a lot of self-motivation to be able to work remotely, but if you are determined, the pay-off can be amazing.
Find the Courage to Travel Alone
This is especially important if you are planning to work remotely. The truth is you may not always have someone who is able to accompany you on all of your trips, because they may not have the same amount of flexibility or vacation time. If you are constantly waiting for a travel companion, you may be passing up a lot of opportunities. Not only is traveling alone liberating, but it also allows you to do your vacation on your own terms. You can go where you want, when you want. I am a very low budget traveler. I will stay at a cheap hostel and eat street food over staying spending tons of money. This isn't everyones cup of tea and that's totally okay. But traveling alone allows me the freedom to do this.
If you are serious about wanting to travel, there’s always a way. When it comes down to it, it’s all about prioritization. How will you spend your money, time, and holidays?
Do you have tips of your own? Share them below in the comments section!