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How To Travel The World With A Full-Time Job
Whilst all the digital nomads and full-time travel bloggers are out there seemingly living their best life, there are so many of us who have to work on the 9-5 grind on the daily. Some through choice and some not.
Just because you work full-time doesn't mean that you can't make the most of your holiday allowance to still travel and see the world as much as you can. I can hear so many questions already - what about the cost? How do I use the least holiday days for the most?
In this post, I have listed my top 5 tips on how to travel with a full time job. I hope this helps some of you be able to reach your travel goals while still having a work life at home.
**PS - this is written from experience of working full time in the UK, other countries may have a different holiday system**
Be Clever When Booking Your Holiday Days On The Work Calendar
Here is what I mean...
In the UK we are usually allocated as a minimum 20 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays. 5 of those bank holidays run throughout the year with the remaining 3 being at Christmas.
So, if your work gives you the bank holidays on pay, instead of using 5 of your own allowance to book a Monday to Friday week off, utilise the bank holiday and this will only use 4 of your days, saving you 1 to carry forward for another break away!
Use Your Weekend Days Off As Part Of Your Holiday
I tend to do this a lot, especially on my 24 Hour breaks into Europe (fly Saturday morning, return Sunday evening = 0 holiday days used!).
Let's say you have seen a cracking deal to Greece for 4 nights - instead of going Monday - Friday and having to use 5 days of your holiday allowance, try going Thursday - Monday instead which incorporates Saturday and Sunday into your break - for free! Et Voila - same holiday for only 3 days of your holiday allowance.
*Bonus Tip* Travelling on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is usually cheaper and less busy to fly!
Live Below Your Means
I am going to keep this section brief, as it is different for everyone.
When people ask us how we can afford to travel so much throughout the year (which is really rude BTW!) my answer is always simple: We Live Below Our Means.
What this translates to, for us, is that when we are at home, we don't go for big nights out often, we eat in instead of eating out on a weekly basis, we do not spend money on fancy clothes and gadgets because we choose to spend our money on travel.
If you live below your means, you should in theory be able to save more. If you would like me to write a more in depth blog post on how I save money for travel please let me know in the comments below.
Search Holiday Deals to Get The Best Price
This one is open to interpretation but I will usually use 3 different sources before booking a trip away. It is well known that depending on the hotel, area, country and airline different travel companies will give you a different price. Sometimes the price varies a lot between companies, sometimes not.
As a rule, I will usually check LuckyTrip (see what Luckytrip is all about in my review here), and then two further online travel companies such as Booking.com and trivago for our 24 hour city breaks.
For our luxury breaks, I usually use a travel advisor, however I also search the open travel market to make sure that I am getting the best price, or as close to! Sometimes it works out cheaper to book accommodation and flights separately rather than as a package.
*Bonus Tip* Search for flights on incognito mode to avoid airlines raising the price each time you search!
Do a Multi-Leg Trip In A Shorter Amount of Time
I've left this one until last as it's something I've not actually done yet, but I am planning to do.
This tip is for you if you are up for a quick paced week away, and the thought of being in one place for 7 nights bores the pants off you!
To make the most of your holiday allowance, why not visit multiple countries whilst only using one "lot" of holiday days. You have to be geographically aware whilst planning a trip like this in a short space of time, but if you get the locations right, this is another way to visit more countries than doing one at a time and potentially wasting your holiday days.
Here is an example:
Fly on a Tuesday to Spain for 2 nights then use a train to visit Portugal for 2 nights. From Portugal you could nip on a flight to Morocco (short flight) for the last 3 nights and then fly directly back to the UK from there.
Holiday allowance cost: 5 days for 7 nights away!
There you have it! My top tips on how I travel whilst working a full time job. Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips or hacks that help you travel more whilst working full time!
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