You’ve read all of the blogs and articles written by travelers who quit their jobs and sold everything they owned just to travel full-time. They live a nomadic lifestyle, jumping from country to country most of the time without a “home base” to go back to. There isn’t a problem doing that if it’s what you want to do with your life. It’s your life and you can live it however you please. On the other hand, aspiring travelers should know that there are other ways to live the life of a traveler, except you can keep your 9 to 5 while pursuing it.
Maximize Your Vacation Days
If you live in the United States then you are probably aware of the lack of, or no paid time off. Legally employers are not required to do so. If you are working at a job that offers paid time off then you should use it wisely. When you are ready to finally book that trip you’ve been saving for, try to take time off around bank holidays and weekends. This will cover at least 3 days out of your vacation without tapping into your vacation days. Also, try to go during a holiday less popular for traveling. Almost everyone at your job will want time off during the week of Christmas and Thanksgiving which increases your chance of getting your vacation request denied.
Plan a Trip
A good way to kick wanderlust in the pants is by planning a trip. Whether it’s abroad or local, it’s always fun for travelers to research and create itineraries even if the trip is an entire year away. Keep tabs on flights and hotels to your dream destination so you can find the best time of the year to get a good deal.
Attend cultural festivals, learn a language or try that Indian restaurant you’ve always been curious about. If you love to travel you could write about it! Become a freelance writer, maybe start a blog or website where you can document your stories. In return, you might score a few press trips to vacation destinations.
Do you try to fit travel into your life with a full-time job or are you able to travel full-time?