Most of us work full-time. We don’t have the luxury to up and leave at anytime we please. We have to make 2 weeks of vacation time work for an entire year (3 or 4 weeks if you’re lucky). We often use time as an excuse as to why we can’t travel. Consequently, your wanderlust is pushed to the back burner.
But you’ve worked so hard to get where you are. Your career is important to you and you don’t want to give up it up to make your jet setting dreams a reality. So, what’s a girl (or guy) to do when they want to incorporate more travel into their busy schedule while working full-time? Well, I’ve got good news for you. There are ways to travel the world without quitting your job. Let’s get to it, explorers!
Explore Your Own Backyard
International travel isn’t the only type of travel. Don’t discount the beauty of your own backyard (and by backyard I mean your home country). If you’re in the USA, for instance, we have beautiful landmarks, cities, and historic sites across the nation. Take a road trip to the Grand Canyon, go skiing in the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, or visit the Statue of Liberty. You can even take a weekend trip to a nearby city that you haven’t explored much. There’s so much to see at home that doesn’t require a long haul flight or a lot of time.
Take Advantage of 3 Day Weekends
Aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are 10 federal holidays that are generally observed in the states. I’m talking Memorial Day, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, etc. Find out which days you have off at work then plan your trip with those dates in mind. Have Columbus Day off? Great! Use that 3 day weekend to catch a flight to NYC for a few days. If you utilize these days in addition to your two weeks of PTO, you’ll be able to add a few more trips to your calendar for the year.
When Traveling Far…
Save the bulk of your 2 weeks (3 or 4 if you’re one of those lucky ones from earlier!) to plan an epic trip abroad. This is an excellent way to use of your time off. With a week or two, you’re able to take flight across the world if that’s what you want (and I know you do!). Keep in mind that if you’re traveling to Asia, for example, you’re spending an entire day in transit and arriving at your destination a day later. Try not to add too many countries to your itinerary so that you have enough time to really immerse yourself into the culture.
Get Creative This Holiday Season
The holiday season presents an opportunity to get creative with your travels. For people who live apart from family, Christmas is the perfect time to come together with your loved ones. This year, however, maybe your family can come visit you so you’re not using your vacation time to travel home. Or maybe you and your entire family can pick a destination to travel to together. This way, you’ll spend valuable moments bonding with the people you love while also experiencing all that a new place has to offer.
This tip is an especially useful one. When I lived away from my family, I used most of my leave traveling from Colorado to Virginia for Thanksgiving and Christmas. By the end of the year, all of my vacation time had been used and I hadn’t done much traveling for myself. Lesson definitely learned.
How do you fit travel into your busy work life? If you haven’t been taking advantage of vacation time, long weekends and holidays, what is your plan to change it?
Tiffany is travel + lifestyle blogger aiming to inspire globally minded millennial women to escape the mundane (if only for a moment), embrace their inner wanderlust, and to boldly live life on their own terms. You can find more of her tip and experiences on her blog.