How To Travel More While Working Full-Time.

How To Travel More While Working Full-Time.

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.

Related:   How To Spend 2 Weeks In Europe

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.

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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.

Related:   How To Spend A Weekend In Nashville

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!

Related:   How To Spend 72 Hours In New York City.

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?

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  1. April 15, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I don’t travel full time either so I totally get you! However because I live in Europe (Czech Republic to be more precise, by the way I definitely recommend visiting the country, it’s beautiful!) I get almost three weeks off (yay) and I tend to use a few days to make the most of long weekends (eg. taking a day off on Friday when it’s bank holiday on Monday) and I want to take 10 days off to go to Norway, we’ll see. However I think working and travelling is great because you focus on making the most of your weekends and days off :).

    • April 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      The Czech Republic is high up on my bucket list! So jealous you get to live there 😍. If you visit Norway, I would love to read a post about it because that’s number 1 on my place to visit!! Specifically, the Bergen area since that’s where my ancestors are from. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. April 15, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I’m sure many of us wish that we could travel the world with an unlimited amount of time and money, without ever giving a second thought to work or the resources needed to keep that kind of lifestyle going… I am a travel blogger and I also work full-time ! There are a whole host of things to explore right on your doorstep, just waiting for you to experience them. What’s ‘normal’ to you is someone else’s dream destination! If you’re short on time a daytrip, overnight stay or even a wander somewhere local can provide great inspiration and content for a post or two.

    • April 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      You are exactly right! I usually spend my time daydreaming about exotic travels when there’s a bunch of great ‘local’ spots a few hours away that are just as fun to visit! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. April 15, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I’m very impressed that you put in 40 hour week on the blog as well as working full time – what a time management champion you are! I like these ideas for maximising your holiday time and it’s my plan this year to organise more weekend getaways and focus on local travel.

    • April 15, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      I’m very lucky that I can also work on the blog while working at my actual job 🙂 Otherwise, I might spend like 5 hours a week on this because I lack good time management skills hahaha. Thanks for thinking otherwise though 😉 Thanks for reading!

  4. April 15, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I travel a lot and work a full time job and these are exactly the things that I do! Great post!!

    • April 15, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Proof that it’s possible! 🙂

  5. April 15, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    hey Bri. I love the fact you are so passionate about travel and utilize your long weekends and PTO so well. This is great inspiration for people who want to travel more but don’t think they have the time!

    • April 17, 2017 / 10:11 am

      thank you! 🙂

  6. April 16, 2017 / 2:05 am

    This is a great post! This is how we travel too and honestly I prefer it because I like having a base and I love having tons of little things to look forward to throughout the year!

    • April 17, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Agreed!! I think a home base is very important because the nomad life is just not for me lol

  7. April 16, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I too am a part time traveler and love taking advantage of long breaks! Luckily I’m a teacher and currently married to a student so there are lots of opportunities for us. We love weekend road trips though! Thanks for sharing this advice.

    • April 17, 2017 / 11:11 am

      That works out great! Thanks for reading 🙂

  8. April 16, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Really great suggestions here! And I really like how you discussed a variety of options to suit everyone’s needs. I think I cheated the 2 week vacation rule…I chose to be a teacher in Sweden…However, the hours we work during the school year are absolutely nuts.

    • April 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

      I’ve read that Sweden is one of the best countries to be a teacher, is that true? Thanks for reading 🙂

  9. April 17, 2017 / 6:55 am

    I still can’t believe how little holiday time you guys get in the States – completely understand why you need to make the most of every minute! Also, I know how much time and effort goes into making a travel blog successful, so huge congrats for managing that AND a full time job!

    • April 17, 2017 / 11:19 am

      I know, it’s horrible! At least the company that we work has a ‘work hard/play hard’ environment that makes it enjoyable. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  10. Felicia Broccolo
    April 17, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    yep this is so true! I still struggle to have a “normal” job because I want to travel so much though! 🙂

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