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.
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.
What are some other tips to travel frequently while working full-time?