Balancing Working and Travelling
If you've been a visitor of this blog from the beginning, then you'll know that I also work full-time, as well as running Global Solo. It's not always easy, but it's 100% worth it! I love travelling to new places in my time off work, so today I thought I'd share some of my top tips if you're a fellow full-timer by day, explorer by night.
Use your annual leave wisely
Take some time at the start of the year to review the holiday days that you have. From there you can figure out exactly how many days you can use to travel. Be sure to consider days you will need that won't be used for travelling. For example, if you always take your birthday off, remember to include that! If you're a planner like me, you could even plan out what holidays you're going to take throughout the year...or maybe you prefer to be spontaneous!
Be open with your work
If you know you're going to spend a lot of your time off travelling, try and be as open with your work as possible. Even though you will be fairly using your annual leave, it's always useful to let your boss know that you will be regularly leaving the local area in case of any flight issues, etc. it also makes your place of work aware in advance that you will either be frequently taking days off, or will be taking long stretches of time off (depending on how you like to travel). There's no need to plan a meeting, just casually bringing up your love of travel in conversation can be enough.
Stretch your weekends
If you plan to travel often, rather than taking long breaks infrequently, weekends are your friend! Plan your vacations around weekends; if you need longer, take a Friday/Monday off. This means you use less holiday days, but you still got a good 3-4 day trip.
If you've got the travel bug, but the nature of your job means you don't have the opportunity to travel for long periods of time, consider travelling locally. This isn't exactly a ground-breaking idea, but it's a great way to see more of the world without taking any holiday days at all if you use you weekends.
Work on the go
It may be that in order to go abroad you have to work while you travel. If so, I recommend taking slightly longer vacations so that you can spend a day or two working hard, and then you can enjoy the rest of your time in whatever wonderful place you find yourself in. You might even find a beautiful place to work that will inspire you...it's probably better than your regular office!
And those are my tips for travelling and working full-time. I really hope you found them useful. If you are a fellow part-time traveller it would be great to know your own tricks for travelling as much as possible throughout the year.
Until next time,
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