Many people have the same dream, to quit their job and travel the world. It definitely sounds like a great idea. Leave the 9-5 lifestyle behind and finally be able go to all of the places you have been dying to see. However, most of us enjoy many things about the 9-5 world such as the security of a steady income, being around friends and family and a place to call “home”. I have been back and fourth with the thought to quit my job but I always end up staying. I am just too comfortable with my life in New York at the moment. It might be a possibility in the future but I am currently focusing on saving money and enjoying traveling part time… and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Even though you have a full time job, you can still travel MULTIPLE times a year. It is possible and these part-time travel bloggers prove it. Not only do they give us all inspiration but now they are sharing their tips on how they do it! What’s better than travel tips from travel bloggers? No more excuses, book that bucket list destination that you have been dying to visit!
Now it is time for some tips and inspiration, meet the 9-5 travel bloggers!
Brianna | The Casual Travelist
- What is your full time job? I work as a physical therapist specializing in cancer and Parkinson’s rehab, while personally rewarding my true passion is travel. I started The Casual Travelist not only to chronicle my own journeys but to show others that you can have rewarding travel experiences with limited travel time.
- How often do you travel a year? 5-6 trips per year, 2-3 of those are abroad.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? If possible try to arrange your schedule so that you work longer hours but fewer days per week. I work four 9 hour days per week with the option to arrange my work days to have a 3 or 4 day weekend without having to take any time off.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? I currently have weekend trips to Boston and Washington DC on the books. My husband has a milestone birthday this year so expect something epic for our big trip!
Amanda | Unresting Sea
- What is your full time job? Queen of the Cubicle. I am the Marketing Specialist for an insurance company.
- How often do you travel a year? As often as possible on accrual, use-it-or-lose it vacation benefits. I typically go for “The Big Trip” once per year with a smattering of local or long weekend excursions.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? Read your employee handbook & learn your vacation benefits. Sometimes what you’re told is different than what’s on paper. Learn how you can make paid time off, unpaid time off, and personal days work for you. For example, at my company I can’t use a personal day if it’s adjacent to a work holiday; I can’t use unpaid time off unless I use up PTO first & receive explicit approval from HR; and if I take more than 10 + days off in a row, I will not accrue vacation hours during that timeframe. Sheesh! Become the “Vacation Day Expert” at your office. Once you understand how things work, look at a massive calendar and start plotting your days.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? 1. 10-day road trip to Iceland, “The Big Trip”. 2. Long weekend in Cabo. 3. Bourbon adventure in Kentucky. 4. Visiting a friend in Florida. 5. Last-minute weekend escapes in my beautiful home state of Pure Michigan
Ben | HugeParty Travel
- What is your full time job? Professional Development for a Global Executive Recruiting Firm
- How often do you travel a year? 5-6 trips per year, 2-3 of those are abroad.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? Obviously, if work is sending you places you should build personal travel around it, that’s what I do. Another great strategy would be to lengthen any holidays and add vacation time to them. Finally, if your busy and a hectic job is preventing you from leaving for vacation, perhaps you can negotiate with your boss to be “online” for a certain set of hours while your away, remote working with good wifi is very commonplace and an excellent way to be reachable but still enjoy vacation surroundings.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? Jamaica this February, London, Porto, Lisbon in June, San Diego in July, New Orleans and Austin in August.
Adelina | Pack Me To
- What is your full time job? I work in marketing for a food manufacturer in Vancouver.
- How often do you travel a year? On average, about 3 – 4 times a year with a combination of smaller and bigger trips.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? Just go. I think finding the time to travel boils down to priorities. If you really want to go travel, there is a way to make it happen. Escape to closer places on the weekends, go further afield on long weekends. Utilize holidays as a way of getting an extra day in your travels. Find a way to live comfortably while still making it a priority to save as much of your salary as possible.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? I recently just came back from a weekend getaway to San Francisco. I’m also planning to go to New York City and Boston in May. Otherwise, I’m waiting for a seat sale and I’ll go wherever it takes me
Christina | My View from the Middle Seat
- What is your full time job? I’m a Vice President at a Washington, DC-based public relations firm.
- How often do you travel a year? 8-10 times per year for leisure travel, about the same for business travel.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? You can’t use your job as an excuse – it is possible to do both! It’s all about time management. I take advantage of every long weekend that I’m given and plan my vacation time obsessively. Instead of using my 20 days vacation (an extremely generous amount which I never use all of) on one trip, which would be virtually impossible with my career, I break it up into several trips, that way there’s always something on the horizon to look forward to. I also keep my options open for sporadic travel – earlier this year, Delta had a flash sale on plane tickets to Europe. $600 later and I had two round trip tickets to Dublin for the first week of May! It was not somewhere we planned on going, but it was booked far enough in advance that I have time to plan for the trip and plan how my workflow will go when I’m out of the office for a week.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? In February, we’re headed to Park City, Utah to ski for just the second time – I can’t wait to spend some time in the mountains! In April, I’m surprising my husband with a trip to San Diego to visit his brother for his birthday. In May, we’re headed to Ireland. After that, it’s all an open calendar! We hope to make it back up to the Finger Lakes region of NY around Labor Day for a little unplugged R&R and I’ve promised myself that this is the year we make it to both Iceland and London, so who knows what we’re in store for in the fall. And, of course, there will be a few weekends spent in New York City because I just can’t get enough of the Big Apple.
Tianna | The Passport Chronicles
- What is your full time job? I work in radio in the digital department
- How often do you travel a year? Last year I went on 4 trips
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? Use your time wisely! Also I work weekends at a restaurant to help with costs of my trip and if I miss days that I am not getting paid for (which occasionally happens) I have extra funds. I use the money from my second job to pay for my trips!
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? I will be in London/Edinburgh next week. I will be in Vietnam in March on a blog trip. In May I will be in Mexico for a week with my best friend who happens to be a travel agent so the trip is free. And in October I am going to TBEX Asia and backpacking around.
- What is your full time job? I am a freelancer full-time, specializing in content strategy, social media management and journalism.
- How often do you travel a year? On a good year, a get to travel out of state a dozen times, maybe half the time internationally.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? You have to prioritize. I personally put most of my money towards tickets and experiences which is important to me over clothes and cars, for instance. I could make more money, but the perks with what I do add up, so I feel like I’ve found a healthy balance. Look at careers that allow for ample time off and be as flexible as possible. Last minutes deals and opportunities are really fun and exciting. By working from home, I also don’t have to say no to anything that comes my way!
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? This coming year is a big up in the air year for me. My husband and I have tentative plans for an Australian honeymoon this spring. I have been working with Spain to plan a possible press trip. And the big one – we’re trying to move to the UK this year from the US, which is very close to being green-lighted!
- What is your full time job? I work full-time as a paralegal for an employment law firm.
- How often do you travel a year? I get five weeks of paid time off a year, and starting in April that will increase to six weeks as I will have been with my law firm for 10 years. Our paid time off can be used for sick or vacation time, but I almost never call in sick, so it really all goes towards travel. My husband Romeo and I have always had the goal to travel at least two times a year, at least once internationally, and then also throw in a few weekend getaways. We have been traveling even more since we started the travel blog. Last year we went on nine trips: two weeks in Denmark, one week in Kauai, one week in New Orleans, plus weekend trips to Wisconsin, Mexico, Catalina, Carmel, Tri-Valley, and a weekend staycation in Coronado.
- What tips do you have for others that work full time and dream of traveling? My first and foremost tip for people who work full-time and dream of traveling is to make a plan, put it on the calendar, and stick to it. If you say someday I’ll travel when I have enough money, when I have more time, when the children grow up, etc., it will never happen. However, if you sit down, figure out where you want to go, and put it on the calendar, you are far more likely to stick with a plan for saving money and making travel plans. Another tip is to try to plan travel around weekends, especially three-day weekends. This way you can take more trips and your time off bank won’t become depleted as quickly.
- What are your upcoming travel plans for 2015? We’ve already been on a weekend trip to Yuma, Arizona. We’re spending a romantic weekend in Ensenada over the three-day weekend that also happens to correspond with Valentine’s Day. In March we’re heading to Sweden in hopes of seeing the northern lights. We’ll be staying in the ICEHOTEL, dog sledding, reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, and enjoying more wintery fun, plus visiting Stockholm and Gothenburg. We have some other exciting plans in the works right now for April and beyond.