If, like me, you are a complete and utter travel junkie, you may be wondering how you can squeeze in some more epic trips around your full-time job. Believe me, it’s something I’ve always struggled with.
People will love to tell you that you can’t lead a nomadic lifestyle when you have a full-time job because of financial and time restrictions. Especially if you have children, they will say.
I say it is possible. All you need to do is design a life for yourself that caters to what you love, and it’s not a far-fetched idea.
Here are my top 11 tips for squeezing in all the travel you can while still holding down a full-time job.
1. Make travel your priority
Everyone spends their hard-earned cash differently. It’s completely up to what you prioritise and what you enjoy. There is money to spend on travelling if you want there to be, you just need to bring it to the top of you list.
2. List all the places you want to visit
By jotting down a list of everywhere in the world you want to see, you can start to visualise the trips. Sort the list into the order of which is most feasible for you to tick off, so you can start planning and have something to aim for.
Maybe a big trip around Europe isn’t practical this year, because you need to save up your vacation days, but how about a long weekend in Bali next month? It’s not as unrealistic to achieve if you plan smartly!
3. Make the most out of your weekends
Leading on from my last point, a clever way to fit in more travel is to never underestimate the weekend. Travelling doesn’t mean you have to be away from home for weeks on end. Sometimes exploring your own country from Friday evenings to Mondays morning is enough. And I defy that any Aussie has seen everything our country has to offer… Australia is bigger than Europe, after all!
4. Plan your trips cleverly
As aforementioned, fitting a lot of travel into your year comes down to clever planning. You will get a certain number of vacation days from work, so each year plan out how many you’ll need to complete trips.
Also, don’t forget about public holidays. You may find that if you book over a period where there are lots of public holidays in Australia (particularly in Autumn) you may be able to book a long trip abroad and use up minimum vacation days.
Flying on a Friday night after work may be more costly, but it means you get a whole day on the Saturday to explore, so I say it’s worth it!
5. Take short trips, more often
You don’t have to fly long-haul to go on an exciting trip. In fact, you can travel 2 hours out of the city every weekend if you wanted to. You’d cover a lot of ground very quickly if you did that.
If you’re heading to Europe over winter, like most Aussies do, you can plan it so you can visit 10 countries in 2-3 weeks, stopping for 2-3 nights in each country. That’ll get you ticking those travel boxes quickly.
6. Save up your vacation days
Perhaps the easiest way to travel – a way that most of us Aussies do it – is to accrue your vacation days and use them in one big chunk. This is the best way to travel further afield from Australia; anything over 3 weeks worth of holiday can take you wherever you want to go. Europe, America, Africa – the world is yours!
7. Look into the flexibility of your job
Your employer may be more flexible than you realise when it comes to holiday. If you’re due a promotion (congratulations to you), you may be able to swap a pay rise for more holiday days.
Alternatively, you may be able to work remotely, or even transfer abroad if your employer has offices in other locations around the world. It’s worth an ask!
8. Make the most of business trips
If work sends you abroad for business, extend your trip and spend a few days exploring the country you’re in. Rather than flying abroad for just 1 or 2 nights, stay over the weekend!
9. Work in a job that allows you to travel
If travel is the ultimate goal for you, you should enter a career that allows you to travel. These careers could be teaching English as there is a demand for English teachers world-wide. If teaching isn’t for you, consider entering into the tourism industry, as a travel representative or a flight attendant, for example.
10. Become a solo traveller
Another way to ensure you travel as much as possible is being unafraid of travelling solo. Rather than coordinating with friends or family, go it alone – you have a lot more freedom and the only schedule you have to work around is yours.
From my years of travel, I’ve amassed a network of friends all around the world, so although I may travel alone I always have friends to see whilst I’m away.
11. Go freelance
Going freelance is one of the most liberating career moves, but isn’t without its difficulties. Building your own business and becoming your own boss means you are free to become a digital nomad, and is the ultimate goal for us travel fiends with itchy feet!
Hopefully with these tips you can curate a life that is full of adventure! Good luck!