One of the questions I get a lot from friends and family is how do I manage to travel so much?! And it seems like I am never home to them. Even though I don’t really think I travel that often, I do know travelling with a fulltime job is possible if you really want to! So below I will share my tricks and ways on how I travel with a full time job.
Managing the days off
First thing’s first: you need to know how many free days in the year you have off from work.
Depending on what type of job you do, your annual leave can vary. For me, working in a hotel as a receptionist, it is now 20 official free days off. Meaning that it isn’t even a lot!
As a hotel receptionist I don’t have every weekend off. In fact there is a big chance I will have to work a whole weekend or at least one day in the weekend. I work 5 days a week, so I do have 2 random days off every week.
Big trips vs short trips
Depending on my plans, I always try to do one big trip a year, a short trip and as many city trips as I can with the rest of my days.
One big trip would be: 2 or 3 weeks. For bigger trips I like to explore a new destination outside of Europe as I have more time.
As I work 5 days a week, this would be 10 days to 15 days that I would need to ask off from work with an official holiday request.
When I want to save extra days, I try to leave at the end of a week so I can ask the 2 days off that week. Like this I can save up extra days!
If there are several destinations I want to do in a year, I split my big trip into 2 trips. One of one full week and the other of 2 weeks.
I can also save up my days for short city trips with the same system. When asking 2 days off at the end of the week and 1 or 2 days off at the beginning of a new I will have 4 days off. This way I do not have to send in a holiday request.
And of course when I have 2 or 3 days off duty on my work schedule ( without specifically asking for them) I plan out short trips nearby like a daytrip to a new city in the Netherlands or Belgium.
If you work on weekdays only, then you are lucky to take many weekend breaks!
This means I could do one big trip of 3 weeks and a short one of 1 week, and several citytrips if I plan it right!
Or I could go for 2 trips of both 2 weeks and then some city trips.
Start planning early!
If you have a destination in mind, it is important to start planning early. Especially for the big trips I decide my destination at least 5 or 6 months before leaving.
This is crucial so I will have enough time to plan, to receive a positive approval of the holiday request at work and most importantly to check for cheap flight tickets and accommodation!
Stay on the lookout for cheap deals!
For the short city trips, I usually look around places I haven’t been before or want to go back if it is in promotion.
When I see a good deal, I send the request to my work place. I also keep an eye on possible last minute offers.
Extras tips on travelling with a full time job
First: Don’t be too picky with your times and be flexible with your dates! You can perfectly leave after a day of work! So book that night flight or overnight bus to your new destination if you are able to. All the little extras to spare time can help you see more of the destination.
Second tip is to maybe save up some overtime working hours so you can stop earlier on yur departure day or even save a day!
And a last tip depends on your relationship with your bosses. You can always ask for unpaid days off work when necessary.
travelling with a fulltime job is all about calculating your free time and making full use of it!
Do you also have a fulltime job and love travelling? Share your tips and tricks in the comments! Always up for new ideas!
And if you want more tips on how to plan out a trip. Read my guide to make you a planning master in 5 easy steps!