How to travel with a full time job || How I make the most of my time off

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I’m not a back packer or full time traveller. In fact I have a full time job and busy personal life, but I still manage to go travel. How to travel with a full time job was the main reason I decided to start this blog. I want to inspire people to travel more and show that it is possible to do so even if you work full time. So now you know my story, just in case you didn’t read my “about me” page.

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Short breaks

Coming back to our topic. How to travel with a full time job ? It’s all about preparation and making the most of the time you have available. As I only get 20 days of annual leave a year, I have to be very precise with my planning. The minute my holiday allowance is refreshed on the system I start planing the entire year of travel.
I first mark all the bank holidays on the calendar to see where we could go. My fave is easter holidays as you have 4 days off without booking a single day of holiday. I normally plan all our short breaks/ long weekend during bank holidays. The good thing is that you can fly somewhere like Barcelona or Krakow from London in less that 2 hours. So you can catch Friday evening flight and come back Monday night or Tuesday early morning this gives you 3 full days to explore your destination, which in most cases is the perfect amount for a city break. Not counting Christmas break, that’s 5 getaways you can have without using single day of annual leave just by booking on a bank holiday. Yes, prices are normally a little bit higher during that time but if you plan in advance you will get the opportunity to grab your early bird offers. Lots of airlines have January sales on a selected number of seats. Take advantage and book it then.

Longer Holidays

When it comes to proper holidays I belive sometimes less is more. What I mean by that is that typically people intend to book their holiday for 7 night’s which means you are using 5 days of your holiday allowance and in total you can visit max 4 destinations. By cutting your holiday a day short, for example going away Tuesday to Sunday, means you are using only 4 days of your holiday allowance. This mean you can go away 5 times in a year. This is what we did when we visited Monaco in June.
If you feel like you need a bit of a longer holiday make sure you use both weekends on each side of your week off. Fly out Friday night after work and come back Sunday night. That will give you a 9 day long holiday instead of the usual 7 days you would normally book.


Weekend getaways

Chris and I also like to go away on a weekend. It doesn’t even have to be an overnight stay. We try to go away at least one weekend a month on top of our already planned holidays. You will be surprised how much there is to do within a 2 hour drive from where you live.

How to travel with a full time job on a budget

Despite the lack of time, the other reason that prevents people from travelling is money. When you live the adult life: full time job, home, bills to pay etc. I get that. I’m not rich by any means but I try to make my money go further as much as I can. I love discounts and bargains. In fact I cant remember the last time I paid the full price for something.Here is a list of all the tricks I use to save for my travels.

Sign up to every possible site that sells flights and hotels so you know when they have a sale on.
I like to book my accommodation through booking.com as if you book with them fa ew times, they will give you the genius discount which takes 10% off the normal price on most accommodations.

Use sky scanner to find your flight. Booking directly with the airlines is not always the cheapest. Also sky scanner will show you different options like using one airline one way and the other airline on a way back to make sure you get the best deal. That also helps when you need a flight at specific times.

I use cashbacks apps every time I buy anything online. From House insurance to a new pair of trainers. Over a year I can get around £300 back just by doing this. This will normally pay for our flights or accommodation.
Take time to look for discount codes online before you book anything. There are hundreds of them out there. You just need to take the time to look.

Sign up to every possible member scheme there is. You can get free flights or free night stays quicker than you think. We are lucky enough that Chris travels a lot for work. Chris often goes to Paris via Euro Star. He signed up to their loyalty scheme and after only few work trips he had enough points for us to be able to go to Paris for the weekend.

He also signed up to collect points with Jurys Inn. After a year we had enough points to stay couple of nights for free in one of their hotels.

Travel with a full time job – it’s possible…

Just to show you it is possible to travel with a full time job, here is a list of what we have done so far this year with a few more trips planned for the next few weeks.
January– Poland. We spend Christmas and new year in our apartment with our family and a week of skiing. Instead of booking accommodation in the mountains we drove there and back every day.
February– As it was my 30th birthday Chris booked for us to spend a week in Gran Canaria, which was perfect winter sun holiday
March– we visited the Cotswolds for a day
April– We used the Easter Holidays to have a long weekend glamping in Snowdonia, Wales
May– The first bank holiday we went to Cornwall and the Second bank holiday we decided to camp in the nearby campsite. I also managed to go away with Chris for one of his work trips to Brighton. We also had a day trip to Weymouth
June– this was super busy month for travels. I flew to Poland for the weekend to see my family. Followed by our road trip to Monaco this was great as we could discover so many other places on the way. I was also lucky enough to go on a work trip to Switzerland. In the evening after work, I explored the area near the office. I managed to squeeze 2 hours of exploring before I headed off to the airport.
August– Yet again we went to our flat in Poland but we wasted no time and in the few days we were there we spent a weekend in Krakow and Wieliczka salt mines, explored Wroclaw, climbed Sleza mountain and visited Ksiaz Castle.
September– as we decided to redecorate our house we spent most of our weekends doing this but we still managed to go away for a day to Rye in East Sussex.
We also have a few trips planned for the rest of the year such as Cotswolds in October and Christmas markets in Manchester, Bath and London over November and December. If you don’t want to miss any of this follow me on Instagram and watch my stories 🙂

 

So there you go! I manage to travel with a full time job and visit over 20 destinations using only 20 days of annual leave. To be honest, if not for the house revamp that we have spent lots of time and money on, we would probably have explored a few extra places 😉 My challenge for next year is to visit even more places and spend even more weekends discovering.

 

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Love, Natalia


33 thoughts on “How to travel with a full time job || How I make the most of my time off

  1. I really like how you broke down all your vacations from this year. I think I am going to do that too. Unfortunately, we do not have a big airport nearby, and we do not have many flights, as most of them are domestic, but maybe we could move some things around in order to be able to travel more. Thank you for the great tips!

  2. I have a full time job but still manage to travel all the time. I like to do what I call “holiday hacking”, which means that I connect the bank holiday weekends and the free days to my normal day off days. This is how I manage to go away every year for 3 weeks for example, around Christmas and New Year, but only waste about 10 actual holiday days.

  3. Great tips. I love the tip about using both weekends. Flying out on a Friday night or early Saturday morning really makes it feel like you are getting the most out of your week off from work.

  4. This is such an interesting post – I love how people manage to really make the most of the time they have off and get to see some wonderful places around the world just amazing!

  5. I needed to read this I was busy complaining saying that I want a week to be able to go for a trip but never thought of a weekend getaway which is actually a very good idea.

  6. I like this a lot! I used to travel more in college (Australia, Spain, etc…) now I work 3 jobs and I haven’t set travel as a priority but, I should. You can always make more money but, you’ve only got one life to have a grand adventure with.

  7. Great tips! I alsp use skyscanner and have heard of the cashbacks app but never tried it. Here in America we have a site called Groupon which I use a lot for last minute hotel deals.

  8. I would love to travel a bit more but I have a slight fear of flying! So I’ve been taking loads of day trips about my own country as a starting point to stretching my travel legs 🙂

  9. Thanks on the tips on finding good deals! I’m a recent grad and I love traveling, but it can get so pricey at times!! This will definitely help 🌴

  10. I generally keep it simple, I plan ahead whenever I can take a break. Watching out for sale or offer is such a hassle. It is a waste of time for me. Well, everyone has their own ways 🙂

  11. Amazing job! I can totally relate to this as i too have a full-time job and i love it that way. Blogging becomes a difficult job to manage , but never traveling 🙂

  12. This is such an interesting and helpful post. It’s great that you are able to travel so much with a full time job. I totally agree with the usage of skyscanner for getting discounts on flights. Thanks for the budget traveling tips.

  13. I often feel like traveling with a full time job is essential. But also, often people don’t think they can, and they never try, instead of taking a chance. This year we went on a 6 month trip, and my partner, when he asked the permission of his boss, got a YES! I know that’s rare, and probably won’t happen to many.. but if he didn’t dare to ask, we would’ve missed out this incredible experience. Now, we are back and continuing travel with a full time job! Great article, helpful ideas!

  14. I wish we traveled more. We’re a family of five with three young kids and I think the thing that holds us back (besides finances) is finding things that we ALL enjoy and the kids will behave well, doing. We do a lot of around the area mini activities.

  15. This is a brilliant blog post. Shatters the myth that you need to quit your job to travel. I quit my job to pursue other interests that inclded traveling, but that doesn’t mean that I never traveled when I had a job…

  16. Great post! It is so true it is possible to travel with a full time job. I travel with a full time job and people always ask me “do you even work?” and the answer of course is yes! You just have to prioritize traveling and plan ahead and of course save money!

  17. Oh wow. That is so amazing! We are planning to travel more this year. Right now we are saving up, planning and waiting for the right flight deals.

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