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Traveling The World With A Full Time Job

I constantly get asked how many holidays I get at work, how am I allowed to go away so often, how do I pay for it all, etc.

The truth is I have a 9-5:30 Monday to Friday job with just about 4 weeks holidays to take during the year. For me, I don’t look at this 4 weeks as a set back, but rather an opportunity of four weeks to travel. Having to go to work 5 days a week is not ideal for someone who wants to travel the world but we all start somewhere! Working gives you the opportunity to save for the lifestyle that you want and if you enjoy your job like I do then it’s the best of both worlds!

Here are a few things you can do to make becoming a part time traveler possible

Use Your Annual Leave Wisely

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Your holiday days are precious and should be spared at all costs. If you can do with not taking a day off after an event, taking a half day instead of a full day if you have something on, etc. If you plan your holidays in conjunction with national holidays then you get to extend your trips and save a day of your leave for another time, win win! I recently took a half day on a Friday to travel to London & got back in Monday morning to go straight to work from the airport. It was tough, but it was worth it!

Utilise Your Weekends

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You don’t have to go somewhere for an entire week to enjoy it’s beauty. If you are living close to somewhere, why not book a weekend away? You don’t even have to get on a plane just to have an adventure!  Once again, if you go away for a weekend try and do it alongside a national holiday to get that cheeky extra day off! Rates might be more expensive but it is always worth it.

Work Remotely

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Some people have the option to work remotely. This means working from home, or another destination. If you are flying to a destination or back maybe ask if you can work remotely and avoid using your holiday days.

Sign Up For Travel Deals

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By signing up for travel deals you get the best bargains without having to worry about spending your entire months wage. If you are a part time traveler chances are you have bills and rent to pay in your home, so look out for the best deals so you can work AND play!

How do you travel? Have you ditched your job or do you have your own ways to be a part time traveler become possible?

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16 thoughts on “Traveling The World With A Full Time Job

  1. I work all my hours in 3 days. Long, long days which was tiring at first but now I have adapted and I can get through with no setbacks or tiredness. It does mean that I have a four day weekend and only a 20-30 minute drive from my local airport.

    Last weekend I went to Ireland, a 6.30ish flight and touched down just after 7am – I spent more time waiting in the airport. 3 hours later and I was in Limerick, staying and meeting up with friends knowing that I didn’t have to be back at Dublin airport until 15.30ish on the Monday. Short and sweet. Not so much travelling and seeing the sites as I have spent previous summers of 40 days long in the beautiful country but it was nice, easy and a great experience to meet up with those such a short flight away 🙂

    However as I have Mondays and Fridays off, I don’t gain anything from bank holidays as I already have them off. I sometimes take a day off after a return from a trip but that is because I sometimes struggle to use up all my holiday allowance as booking 3 days off work means 11 days off in total – Plenty of time to explore further afield, yet more often!

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      1. Wow, small world!

        On this visit, I stayed with friends in a village about 20 minutes from Limerick, as I spent my 2 summers there working as a volunteer ESL teacher a a camp. I have spent many times walking around both parts of the city so on this occassion..shopping, eating and drinking were the main aims. We ate at the Lebanese restaurant Mejana one night which is well worth a visit.

        On previous occassions, I have been to the Hunt Museum, The City Museum, around the Castle although not in since I was told it was not worth the money but heard they have redone it since then. I’ve been into St. Mary’s Cathedral and have much experience with the Bus/Rail Station as well as Arthurs Quay.

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          1. East of Adare actually but not to far, on the outskirts of Ballyneety. I have been to Adare for a short stopover of an hour or so, walking around the village, the monastery and the heritage centre.

            Probably the same for me and my town – Should try and be a tourist for a day!

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  2. Great little post 🙂 I’m lucky to still be a uni student so I use the long summers to travel. I find that you can save loads of money if you stay in youth hostels. You meet some amazing people there too 🙂 xx

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  3. Lucky to still be a student with flexible hours. Furthermore, when there is a will there is always a way to create the possibility :). You just need to be a little creative sometimes and think outside the box. ❤

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  4. Amazing! I have a lot of time and enough $ to travel on the budget, and it all works! This year I’ve done USVI, CZM, PVR, LIH, CAN and I plan on hitting Nicaragua and Ireland before 2017 rolls. There have been a few trips in states for family stuff, but yo me thipose don’t count. Safe travels!

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