18 November 2015

3 of the Best ways to Travel with a Full Time Job

A lot of people complain about their job holding them back from their travelling dreams. I constantly see headlines like...
"Quit job to travel." and...
"How I sold everything to travel the world." and...
"I dropped everything and flew to India to teach children"... BUT

I don't buy it. I'm not dismissing the barriers you might face, but you don't need to drastically change your life or go through a mid-life crisis to travel a little more. I travelled once a month for 5 months whilst working full time (as part of my country challenge) so I can tell you first hand it's possible. Here's my tips for travelling with a full-time job.

Travel Between Jobs

Gone are the days where you have one career that consists of a couple of companies and incremental promotions, so you'll fine yourself between jobs more than your parents generation. We'll have an average of 10-12 jobs in our lifetime and with that comes a traveling opportunity.

Furthermore, these days every experience counts towards your employment no matter if it's a personal journey or a techinical skill - it can all help, so what better excuse? 
Washing elephants in Chaing Mai, Thailand
Washing elephants in Chaing Mai, Thailand
Utilise your time between jobs by taking an extended holiday. Depending on your industry, current and future employers' attitudes and the job market, you might be able to take a few months out to go on the trip of a lifetime before you start your new job. 
Cedar Breaks during 3 week road trip
Even 3 weeks is a welcome amount of time to explore and certainly long enough to make a long haul flight worth every penny!


Weekend Trips

This may seem an obvious inclusion, but many people forget what a luxury it is to really own your free time! Most likely you have your weekends off (or different days if you're on shift work) so make the most of them. 

Take one day off and extend the weekend, utilise bank holidays and think about convenient ways to travel for the weekend.
A sunny September weekend in Milan
A sunny September weekend in Milan

Flexitime

How liberal is your work? Could you work from home (or a hotel in the Alps) for a few days? If your office is less fussed about where you physically are, then definitely explore the option to rent an airbnb place and bed down in a new city for a couple of nights. 
Free entry to Singapore Art Museum on Fridays from 6pm-9pm (foreigners)
Even if you need to put in your hours or be on call, you can still explore your 'new neighbourhood'. It's good for the soul to run somewhere new, or maybe you plan to visit local markets and explore the local cuisine by trying a new restaurant each evening? Added bonus if you can find evening events; lots of cities have late night gallery openings, which you could also factor into the timings of your trips.
Markets in Milan, Italy
Markets in Milan, Italy
Spinning on the bull's balls in Milan, Italy


...Hey, if you don't ask you won't get!


Don't make excuses, make the most of the opportunities that are right under your nose! Where do you recommend for a weekend break?

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