How to Travel With a Full Time Job

How to Travel With a Full Time Job

In 2013 alone, I visited 5 destinations with only two being outside the U.S. Earlier this week, a friend of mine posted this as 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 tips on traveling with a full time job.

Look at your Calendar

Most companies provide at least 10 paid vacation days a year for new employees. This doesn’t include the 7-10 or more paid holidays available. If your company allows it, you don’t have to use all your time at once. 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.

Telecommute

I have the ability to telecommute 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 telecommuting 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. Of course, not every employer offers telecommuting, but it is definitely a plus during cold days, snow storms and other weather related issues in NYC.

Plan Ahead

I generally go away around the same time: President’s Day, my birthday, in the summer, Caribana weekend and in the fall. When I finally pick out my destinations, I begin to check prices on flights and hotels 2-3 months prior. Since I usually travel alone, it is easier than trying to figure out someone else’s  travel schedules.

Be Flexibile

I know I just said to plan, but there are some times I’ve just taken spontaneous trips. There’s always a travel glitch, fare hack or awesome deal. When I find one, I try my best to buy it as soon as possible. Subscribing to The Flight Deal, Airfare Watch Dog and other travel related sites on social media has opened my eyes to see what is available in and out of the US. If you have a travel buddy, sending a quick text or social media post and making that last minute trip can be one of the best decisions you’ve made.

How to Travel with a Full Time Job

What are some other ways to travel with a full time job?

24 thoughts on “How to Travel With a Full Time Job

  1. Keziah

    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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    1. Joanna E

      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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  2. Tim

    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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  3. Olivia

    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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    1. Joanna E

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

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  4. Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green

    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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    1. Joanna E

      YUP! It was great seeing you too.

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  5. Tyra (@BarrisTourista)

    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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    1. Joanna E

      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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  6. MJ

    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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    1. Joanna E

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

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  7. Kiwi

    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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    1. Joanna E

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

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  8. Laura

    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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  9. Chasing Joy

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

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    1. Joanna E

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

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  10. Nadeen

    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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    1. Joanna E

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

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  11. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

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

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    1. Joanna E

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

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  12. Christine @MomsNCharge

    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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    1. Joanna E

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

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  13. Ashley

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

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