How to Travel Frequently while Working Full-Time

by Joanna E

One of the reasons for adding a travel section to my blog was to show how easy it is for me to travel frequently while working full-time. Since catching the travel bug back in 2012, I have taken a combination of 4-5+ domestic and international trips without spending a ton of money. Earlier this week, a friend of mine posted this on his Facebook status:

Maybe I’m hating, but I’m seeing people take 4 and 5 vacations a year. When do you guys get time to work?

After informing him that he was indeed hating, I decided to share a few tips on how I travel frequently while working full-time.

Look at your Work Calendar

Most companies provide at least 10 paid vacation days a year for new employees. Most of the time vacation days don’t include personal days or the 7-10 or more paid holidays. If you work in a field that blocks off specific times of the year like back to school or the holiday season, make sure to schedule vacation time beforehand. You DON’T want to lose your days.

Take an Extended Weekend

Unless your job specifically says so, you do NOT have to use all your time at once! Break up your vacations into shorter trips during extended weekends. Some of my domestic travels such as Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans have been during holiday weekends or by using one or two vacation days at a time. If I’m visiting a new city, I use Trip Advisor to see what activities can be done during my stay.

Work Remotely

I have the ability to work from home as long as there is a reliable internet connection and I notify management in advanced. I took advantage of this during the holiday season my first year. My family planned a last minute trip to Ocean City, MD, and my vacation was denied. Luckily, my manager informed me of the department’s optional work from home schedule during the Christmas and New Year’s week. We didn’t stay the full week, but I was able to be with my family and work. Not every employer offers the option to work from home but it is a plus during family emergencies, cold days, snow storms or if I find a great flight deal and have limited days.

Travel for Work

An easy way to travel frequently while working full-time is to get a job that allows you to travel. There are tons of jobs OUTSIDE the air and transportation industries that have employees travel domestically and internationally at the company’s expense. If you’re about that “travel for work” life, just make sure you’re always on your A-Game. You don’t want to get fired for silly things like missing an important meeting because you decided to enjoy the nightlife.

Plan Ahead, but be Flexible

Typically I travel at least once a season. Some trips are spontaneous while others are planned well in advances. When I finally pick my destinations, I check prices on flights and hotels at least 2-3 months prior. Since I usually travel solo, it is easier than trying to figure out someone else’s travel schedules.

As mentioned, there are times when I book spontaneous trips. There’s always a glitch fare or awesome deal available online. If I find one, I try my best to buy it as soon as possible. If you have a travel buddy, send a quick text or social media post and make that last minute trip. Most of the time you have 24 hours to cancel the flight.

Take advantage of Flight Deals

Taking advantage of flight deals are another way to travel frequently while working full time. Airfare can be expensive so finding a glitch fare gives the ability to save money for future trips. Subscribing to The Flight Deal, Airfare Watch Dog and other travel related sites on social media have opened my eyes to see deals that are available from NYC and other states.

How to Travel frequently while working full-time

 

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24 comments

Keziah April 9, 2015 - 10:24 AM

Great tips! I need to take advantage of Trip Advisor City Guides.. and lol at “after informing him that he a as indeed a hating”

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Joanna E April 9, 2015 - 10:30 AM

What I love about city guides is you can follow the itineraries they list or create your own based on the cost, area etc. it also lists the top rated restaurants. He was! Lol

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Tim April 9, 2015 - 1:03 PM

I love those spontaneous vacations but the planned ones are great as well. Taking advantage of vacation days, or more, not taking advantage of them, is a real waste.

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Olivia July 17, 2015 - 5:26 PM

This is definitely something I struggle with. Trying to find time to travel while having a full time job. I agree with everything you said, planning ahead and possibly telecommunicating are great suggestions!

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Joanna E July 21, 2015 - 5:39 PM

I LOVE Telecommuting! I’m so happy my job offers this.

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Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green July 19, 2015 - 11:06 PM

I certainly vacation several times a year. This year alone I’ve been to Ski Resort, Miami, Atlanta and New York. I’m headed to SC & VA Beach shortly. A great way to vacation is rolling the weekend and holidays into your travel. This requires less days off.

Great meeting you in NYC this weekend.

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Joanna E July 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

YUP! It was great seeing you too.

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Tyra (@BarrisTourista) July 20, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Yes, honey, all of these! Flexibility is key. And taking advantage of paid holidays so you don’t lose a day. I am trying to figure out Labor Day now!

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Joanna E July 21, 2015 - 5:40 PM

I try to use up those 3 day weekends as much as I can. I’m trying to figure out the week before or after Thanksgiving. lol

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MJ July 20, 2015 - 5:44 AM

Your tips are spot on. When I worked full time, I travels 3-4 times per year. I stuck to long weekend and around holidays so that my vacation time would stretch and I could enjoy a few recharge vacations.

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Joanna E July 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

I’m glad I “discovered” it for myself. I was wasting so many days before.

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Kiwi July 20, 2015 - 9:07 AM

Great list for people who still work a full time office job. I will be honest I am traveling so much this year even with this year it wouldn’t be possible for me to travel like this with a full-time job so I will never get a corporate job again. I love my freedom too much everyone should have the right to travel multiple times a year…

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Joanna E July 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

I’m trying my best to enjoy the corporate work, gain knowledge and travel.lol

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Laura July 21, 2015 - 5:32 PM

These are important tips. The first one is crucial too. I will take your advice and use my travel time wisely! Great post!

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Chasing Joy July 22, 2015 - 6:51 PM

These are good tips. Maybe now he can join the fun and stop hating 🙂

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Joanna E July 24, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Knowing him, probably not. lol He can’t say I didn’t try helping though.

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Nadeen July 25, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Great advice. I agree. Planning is key for using your time in the best way but also email alerts for price deals. I love to travel whenever I can!

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Joanna E July 30, 2015 - 9:43 AM

These email alerts lately have me happy about the telecommuting option. lol

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Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge) July 27, 2015 - 1:24 AM

Great tips! I have not traveled in so long. Maybe these tips will help.

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Joanna E July 30, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Thanks Nicole. There have been a lot of good deals lately. Hope you take advantage.

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Christine @MomsNCharge July 27, 2015 - 7:58 AM

These are great tips! Thanks for the flight sites as well. We are planning our first international trip with the family so definitely need to watch those flights.

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Joanna E July 30, 2015 - 9:44 AM

No problem Christine! I hope you all have a great time. 🙂

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Ashley May 24, 2016 - 10:24 AM

Great post!!! Thanks for sharing with us at From The Archives Friday!

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Joanna E June 13, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Thank you Ashley.

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