Is it possible to travel the world with a full-time job?
This is a question that many people ask.
In this day and age, many travel lovers manage to fund their adventures and full time travels by working online. These digital nomads are able to work anywhere, as long as they have a good internet connection, meaning they can travel all over the world and continue to work and earn an income.
I am not one of those people. After graduating from university last year, I am now working full time designing homeware. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to have a creative career, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other passions too.
Many people are quick to assume that travelling often is impossible if you want to hold down a full-time job, but that is just not true. In fact, since I started working full time a year ago, I have visited 18 cities across 9 countries overseas.
I am far from rich and just like most full-time workers, I am restricted by holiday entitlement. I just organise my time and chose to prioritise travel. Here’s how you can travel frequently and still hold down your full-time job:
Make the most weekends and bank holidays
If possible, book your trips around weekends and bank holidays and if they are available, book flights that arrive at your destination early in the morning and leave late at night. This way, you make the most of your time and can fit in more sightseeing.
For example, I spent 6 days in Italy over Easter, but because I flew out on Good Friday and returned the following Wednesday, I only needed to book two days off work.
These flights are often more expensive than they would be if you were more flexible, but if they give you more time to admire colourful views from the top of Hallsgrimska church in Reykjavik, or discover the history of Rome, I would say it’s worth it.
Explore closer to home
Who says you need to hop on a plane to satisfy your itchy feet? The world is full of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. So what if you’ve used up all of your holiday entitlement? Hop on Google and within minutes, you will find many day or weekend trips that will satisfy your need for adventure.
Take advantage of free stopovers
Another great way to tick more cities off your bucket list is to take advantage of free stopovers. Many flights include one or more stopovers before reaching the final destination. These are often short stopovers before catching a connecting flight. However, you can often choose to stay in these destinations for longer.
For example, on our way to Canada, my sister and I took advantage of a two night stop over in Iceland. Although it was a short trip, we still managed to explore the beauty of Reykjavik and relax at the Blue Lagoon with no added cost to our airfare.
If like me you enjoy a jam-packed itinerary, a multi-city trip can be a brilliant way to make the most out of your time overseas. For example, if you’re planning a trip to the USA, why not fly into one city and out of another? Why not go further and book several internal flights? It is a brilliant way to make a lot of incredible memories in a short space of time.
Go on day trips
Although it can be near impossible to experience everything a new city has to offer in such a short time, day trips are a fantastic way to get a taste of somewhere you are yet to visit. If you enjoy the day trip, you can then plan a return visit in the future.
Okay, so it is no secret that around 90% of the time I stay in hostels and travel as cheap as possible. This is not something that I need to do, however, I choose to because spending less money on one trip, means I can put that cash towards another adventure overseas. Also, what is the point in splurging on accommodation if you will only be there to sleep anyways?
Discover a love for solo travel
Travelling solo to a foreign country can be nerve-wracking, but it can also be one of the most incredible and liberating things you will ever experience. Not only are you completely free to do exactly as you please, but going solo also means you can plan your trips around your own schedule.
Sometimes, your partner, family or friends may not be able to travel on your preferred dates due to work, family or financial commitments. If you are more open to travelling by yourself, you can plan your travels around free time in your calendar. With this flexible approach to travel, you will have the opportunity to travel more frequently.
Read more: Solo Travel: What are the pros and cons?
Have you got any tips to share about travelling often while working full time? I would love to hear them! Please share below!