Many of you have asked me how do I travel so much? I am not the inspirational type of person who has left the 9 to 5 job and found a way to afford traveling on a daily basis. I am not saying it isn’t possible but I haven’t managed to find the right method to do this. Yet.
Having a job and traveling whenever possible is perfectly fine. You don’t have to take a year off to see the world! In fact, working a full time job might give you the stability and financial resources to see your bucket list destinations. When choosing to save up money for a few months/ one year of travel you often have to make compromises in terms of costs while on the road and sometimes you will even have to cut destinations off the list because they are too expensive.
Therefore, I am writing this post to share my tips and tricks with people who want to travel and keep their jobs in the same time.
Planning your vacation days is the key
Depending in which country you are living in, you have a certain number of paid free days. Planning them carefully will actually increase the number of times you go on vacation and their length. One thing I do is that I always link my vacations days with the weekend.
Another thing you can do is to link national celebrations (which are free days, given by the government) with the weekend. This way, you can take a whole week free with just 2 or 3 paid vacation days.
Paying more money for plane tickets and accommodation just to travel during summer is not worth it. ‘Yeah, but the weather is better’ you will say. It happened to me many times to catch rainy days during summer. Also, I have traveled during spring and autumn and it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt. In the end, it is all about luck so why not try your luck when the costs are lower?
Save up money each month
Saving up money has always worked for me. Think about the amount of money you could put aside each month and put it in a place where you will not be tempted to spend it. I have made an economy bank account but you could use a jar as well.
When on low budget, think about destinations near your home
Don’t have the money for that Maldives vacation you are dreaming for? No problem, there are so many beautiful places in this world that I am sure you will find great destinations near your home. For example, as I am currently living in Romania, my last trip was to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – just three hours away. The opportunities are endless.
What other tricks are you using for traveling while working a full-time job? Let me know in the comments below.
May the travel bug bite you!