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
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
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.
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
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?