How to Work Full Time and Travel

I get this question by so many people all the time and it’s the main purpose of why I started blogging. How can I possibly travel the world when I have to work a full time job and pay my bills?

Well I’m going to be honest with you this isn’t an easy question to answer. Everyone’s profession is different and it really depends on how much you want to spend to travel each year and your allotted vacation time.

BUT if you do want to travel it’s possible! It’s going to take a little more effort to plan a smart travel itinerary and save money where you can.

The whole purpose of my blog is to inspire those who work that they can still make time to travel and see the world. I work full time too and trust me when I tell you – I totally feel your pain.

We all have wanderlust and wonder how when we scroll through Instagram, people are traveling everywhere all the time.

Don’t worry though – I have some tips that can help you plan your next trip and it’s what I do to save money for traveling.

Cut Corners, Save Money

This is not what you might want to hear but keeping a travel fund open is crucial if you’re committed to traveling and sometimes you might need to travel far.

I cut back on spending with clothes, my daily Starbucks and how much I eat take out. All of that extra money is split between my rainy day fund and a travel fund.

I keep a savings account open with Capital One 360 and put away money when I can. You also can collect a decent amount of interest.

Plan Smart – Travel for Cheap

I booked my flight to Amsterdam for less than $200

Planning a trip is the most important part! Make sure wherever you’re going you do your research and develop a budget by each day for food, transportation, lodging and activities. Stay within your means!

Finding cheap airfare can also be really difficult if you’re set on certain dates, times and airlines. Make sure you can be flexible with dates – leaving in the middle of the week verse a weekend can take airfare down by a few hundred dollars.

I break down all the tips and airfare sites I use for traveling here: The Ultimate Guide to Booking a Cheap Flight

Try Cruising!

A picture from the cruise I took to the Hawaiian Islands!

If you’re reading this… you probably work full time! Trust me when I understand the struggle of trying to plan a vacation on a limited amount of vacation time.

Cruising is personally my favorite way of seeing the world. You can see multiple places within a week and you don’t need to worry about making any travel plans. Planning for a trip can be a full time job in itself!

Cruises also can be on the cheaper side depending on the cruise line, where you’re going and the timing.

Convinced yet? If not, check out my post on The Top 5 Reasons Your Next Vacation Should be a Cruise

Travel on Holiday Time

This – I cannot stress this enough. Leverage holiday weekends! Long weekends are any workers best friend. You can make a quick weekend trip to anywhere (doesn’t have to be abroad). Just do something to cross off your bucket list.

Travel at Night

If you want to go abroad – travel during the night to arrive in another country by morning. Example? Leave on a Thursday night after work (instead of taking the day off) to fly into a new country by the next morning. It give you an extra travel day.

I did this when I wanted to travel to Amsterdam! I flew on a Wednesday night and arrived in Amsterdam during Thursday afternoon.

Take Shorter Vacations

Weekend Trip to the Poconos, PA

We don’t always have the luxury of blowing a weeks vacation in one spot. Take shorter ones to different places! I like to sample different countries for 2-3 days and if I like it, I make a note to plan a longer weekend back.

I hope a few of these tips inspire you to plan a trip soon! Remember traveling can also mean exploring what’s in your backyard.

Comment below on where you plan to head to next!

xoxo OOO Blonde


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