Why should you give up your job to travel the world when you can work whilst traveling the world? It CAN be done at the same time – no matter what kind of job you have, no matter how much time you have and no matter how many vacation days you have.
Just remember ‘traveling the world’ doesn’t equal ‘travel for 6 months and travel across at least one continent’.
I’ve asked a couple of bloggers to help me write this article, because my story is just one story. So here it is: the story of 6 travelbloggers who’ve combined their job with a traveling lifestyle.
Let’s get inspired y’all!
OLGA – The One With The Fulltime Job
I have a full-time job. And yet, last year I managed to travel 12 times in 12 months, visiting 6 new countries.
I give the impression to my colleagues as if I’m traveling non-stop, even though there’s just one thing that I’m doing differently than them: I’m spreading my vacation throughout the whole year and usually take off just a day (or a few days) to add it to a weekend I’m traveling on. It’s usually Monday that I’m taking off because a) flights back are somehow always cheaper on Tuesdays; b) it’s nicer to arrive back to the office kinda in the middle of the week because it makes the week pass faster (or so it seems at least). If I take a long weekend, I usually fly off on Friday evening and come back on Tuesday morning — which means getting to the office straight from the airport, which I also don’t mind.
MARIA – The Freelancer
Working remotely allows you to take longer trips and decide your working hours yourself. With the right preparation and organization of your schedule, you’re all set for a great trip.
I always do a bit of work when I travel. Fortunately, many jobs nowadays can be done from your laptop. I, personally, prepare myself a few days in advance – I do most of the work that is not real-time sensitive and schedule it for the days of my trip – articles, social media posts, etc. Then I’m left with only 1-2 hours of work every day during my trip for answering emails, research and consultations.
MEL – The busy one
I am in full-time employment(media agency) in London which gives me 26 holidays a year. This is a higher number than what some people get abroad but its also not enough to travel for 6 months twice a year.
I always try to plan my annual long trip to Singapore either in April or over Christmas so that I can make the most of the public holidays we have here, I am also lucky to have our offices shut between Christmas and New Years, which automatically gives me a week off. While I’m out in Singapore, I always make it a point to make a small trip somewhere nearby.
If Im lucky I even get to “work from home” while I am traveling, which means I just need my laptop with me and be accessible to my clients, we also have offices abroad in different countries and when I travel there I can request to work a day or two from the local offices, this means I get to save some of my time off and then explore after working hours.
Many of my other travel adventures last year were across Europe with short flights from UK, so all I needed was a long weekend. Either way, there is a way to make it work!
KYLIE – The committed one
I recently emigrated from the UK, a country with 5 weeks of annual paid holiday, to the USA, who doesn’t even have to give you any ‘vacation days’ at all! So to get around this problem, I found a job working in a school which works perfect for me! The time off is unpaid however, but it does mean I get 12 weeks off in the summer for travel! This year I will be spending 5 weeks overseas and the rest of the time exploring more locally! My position is also Monday – Thursday so I get plenty of time for long weekends during the school year too! I find it nice to have the steady income from my job but then I have enough time off to work on travel blogging too!
JESSICA – The working traveler
When the travel bug hit, it was like a burst of lightening that struck randomly one night, singeing a hole in my heart with only one way to heal: GO. I knew, somewhat suddenly, that I wanted to travel and to write, but I had one problem: I couldn’t afford it. Then I found teaching English abroad, and it opened doors for me all over the world. I chose to teach English in Thailand and China, and those experiences led me to where I am today, the founder of a teach abroad agency where I now help others open their doors to the world, while continuing to work from the beaches of Hawaii, the hotels of Chiang Mai, the hills of Mexico. I would never have expected that teaching abroad would impact my life the way it has and set me on a completely different trajectory, but I know I’m not looking back!
MAE-GENE – The career minded one
As someone who has spent years working in a 9-to-5 corporate job.. finding the right balance between my career and love of travel has been something that has been incredibly important for my happiness (and sanity!). I’ve never wanted to sacrifice my career, but at the same time, I would go crazy if I didn’t get to travel much! When it comes to fitting in as much travel, I’ve found that planning my year up front has helped immensely. At the beginning of every year, I map out all public holidays for the year and take stock of how much vacation leave I have left. I plan my vacation leave around the year’s public holidays to make the most of my leave. Having a big planning session at the start of the year makes it easier for me to let work know well in advance when I’m planning to be away and also reduces holiday planning stress. If you want to travel as much as possible without sacrificing your career, yearly planning is a must!