By Trevor McDonald
Did you know that you don’t have to be a professional traveler, have a flexible work situation, or be a multimillionaire to travel frequently?
In fact, you don’t even have to quit your nine to five job to travel frequently. By implementing creative solutions, defining your travel goals, and setting up savings accounts to make traveling more affordable, you can travel frequently without giving up your career.
Let’s look at a few ways to travel regularly, even for the busiest of families.
Think Outside the Travel Box
When we think of vacationing, we often think of two week-long exotic vacations that take an arm and a leg to pay for and require plenty of saved up vacation days. But in reality, this is only one type of vacation. There are many ways to travel that are affordable and use barely if any, time off work. Here are some options to get you started:
Go on a Road Trip
Road trips are a great way to hit the road and enjoy some time traveling, whether alone or with the whole family!
No matter where you live, there are bound to be some fun road trips within a short distance from you. The best part about road trips is that the journey is just as fun as the destination, so you spend your whole time traveling and exploring, rather than just sitting on a plane.
In addition, road trips are usually much more affordable than flying. Take a Friday or Monday off work for a long weekend and hit the open road. Just make sure to get a service checkup before you head out so you don’t run into any problems on the road.
Do a Weekend Getaway
Like above, weekend getaways are a cool way to see new places without having to take a ton of time off work. These 3- or 4-day trips give you a little taste of travel and are easy to manage, even for the busiest of professionals.
Not sure where to head off to? Check out Groupon in your local area for some savings. Places like spas, resorts, and attractions are always promoting discounts to get people to com toe visit. Keep your eye out for these, as well as cheap flights, to save on your weekend getaway.
Use Groupon to save money, list examples of weekend getaways
Use Your Time Wisely
Although you may only get 14 or so days of vacation time, most jobs also get time off for government holidays and celebrations.
If you know you have a day off coming for a long weekend, requesting just one or two additional vacation days can give you up to five days to travel. Make sure to plan early to take advantage of these holiday weekends, though, because travel prices can increase because everyone is also trying to take advantage of their time off.
Another more obvious way to travel more without quitting your 9-to-5 job is to take all of your vacation days!
Too often, we leave our vacation days unused in case of a last minute need or emergency. But then, these days end up expiring and we don’t get the vacations we deserve. Don’t be like most Americans and hoard these vacation days because they’re there for a reason – to take some time off!
If you are scared of an emergency popping up out of nowhere and needing to use your days, check your work’s emergency leave policy. More often than not, if something were to happen you would be granted a bereavement period or family medical leave. This means that you have more flexibility to use your vacation days for an actual vacation.
If you travel for work, talk to your employer about potentially extending any work trip to make a little vacay out of it. It shouldn’t cost your employer any more money, because they were planning on paying for your flight anyway, and you should only have to cover the cost of whatever you want to do and your extended accommodations.
Airfare is usually the most expensive part of traveling, so getting a free flight when you were traveling anyway is a great way to travel more frequently, and enjoy your time doing it. If you get sent to places you’re not very interested in for work, research the area more.
You’d be surprised at how many cool little escapes might be hiding in even the most inconspicuous cities.
Talk to Your Employer
If your employer is flexible, it might be worth your time to talk to them and work out a plan that allows you to travel more.
For example, you could negotiate more vacation days for a decreased bonus or other incentives. If traveling is really important to you, you could even negotiate a lower salary for more time off, and make up that money in other ways, such as:
- Having a side hustle to bring in a little extra income
- Setting a vacation savings budget to prepare for your next trip
- Renting out your home on short-term vacation rental sites like Airbnb
- Traveling affordably, so you can take more trips
It might also be worth talking to your employer about a flex schedule or remote work.
Some companies have implemented a schedule that allows their employees to work 10-hour days Monday through Thursday, and then have every Friday off. This would make it really easy to take those weekend trips described above!
Working remotely also has its perks because even if you have to be online checking email and working through projects, you can do this while traveling or from the vacation, itself!
Lastly, if your company has multiple offices, you could request a transfer to a foreign office! Living and working in a different country is an amazing way to get to know a different culture and depending on where you are, taking this opportunity to travel to even more nearby excursions makes it easy to travel frequently.
As you can see, it’s not hard to travel regularly and still maintain an office job. You don’t have to be a travel blogger to see the world. You only have to be creative with your trip plans, plan in advance, and talk to your employer about ways to make traveling feasible.
About the author of this post
Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed “Travelholic”. He enjoys traveling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.