Hey friends! I have a large confession to make: I don’t travel full-time. What?! A travel blogger who doesn’t travel full-time? I know, sound the alarms. How does one run a travel blog if they work full-time and not travel full-time? Well, here’s how secret tips about how I travel more while working full-time. Keep reading!
How To Travel More While Working Full-Time
As much as I would love to say that being a travel blogger is my career, it’s not. Though I often I feel like I put in 40 hours (and sometimes more) a week of work on this blog and it feels like a full-time job lol. I work full-time, for an awesome startup company based here in Sioux Falls. Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week. I get two weeks paid vacation, holidays off, and most weekends off. It’s also an extra bonus that I really love my job ;). Throughout this post, I also be referencing my friend Siera as we both have different tips to give you.
Anyways, here are some tips on how to travel more – even while working full-time!
Maximize Your Vacation Days
Like most Americans, I get two weeks of paid time off (PTO) and I already know where it’ll be going towards for the next THREE years! This year, my fiance and I are using all 80 hours of my PTO to travel to Europe. We’ll be visiting London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. That’s four countries – in two weeks! Which is normal for someone who lives in Europe. But, for someone who lives here in America, that’s quite the accomplishment.
Next year, all two weeks of my PTO is going towards my wedding (eek!!) and our honeymoon – we’re currently deciding between New Zealand, Bora Bora, or the Maldives.
The year after that? Probably the Scandinavia region: Iceland, Norway, etc.
So my method is to use all of my two weeks for a major trip. This might not be for everybody but it works out well for me. Siera, on the other hand, uses the next method below.It is completely possible to travel often, even while working full-time, check out these tips!Click To Tweet
Plan A Trip Over A Long Weekend
We both love taking advantage of three or four day weekends to check a new place off of our bucket list. This weekend, for our long weekend for the Easter holiday, Siera is currently exploring Nashville! Sometimes, she’ll use a day of PTO to turn a regular weekend into a long weekend as well. As for myself, I’ve spent long weekends in Los Angeles and in Denver.
While I sometimes wish that I had weeks to explore whichever destination I’m in, I find that 3 or 4 days is usually the perfect amount of time to get the most out of it.
Plan Short Weekend Trips
I love weekend trips! My favorite ones to take are out Minneapolis, Okoboji (Iowa), and The Black Hills. Both Minneapolis and The Black Hills are only about a 4-hour drive from us. Okoboji is only an hour and a half away! My grandparents live in Okoboji – which is a cute lakeside resort town that residents here often go to over the summer – so we love to visit them as often as possible.
From here (in Sioux Falls, South Dakota), we can also spend a weekend in Omaha (also a 4-hour drive), Chicago, and Winnipeg (Canada!).
Siera even flew to New York City for a weekend one time!
I hope you found this tips helpful and inspiring! I often hear many people at work complaining that they wish they could travel as much as we do – and the truth is, they can!
What are some things that you do to travel more even with a full-time job?