So, you’ve read blogs about how these travellers quit their job to travel full time. Sounds cool, huh? But while your heart wishes to do the same, your bank account says otherwise.
There’s a lot of reason why most people who wish to travel the world can’t—and don’t—want to just leave everything behind. But does this mean throwing away your dreams of travelling if you can’t afford a nomadic life? We think not! Here’s how it’s possible to live your travel dreams while still keeping your nine-to-five job.
- Strategize Your Days Off
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it really pays to plan your trip around long weekends and national holidays. Although long weekends are often more expensive to travel, you can add a day to each end of the week to save money on airfare.
- Work Remotely
If you’re one of those lucky ones with a job that lets you work from anywhere, then working remotely is one of the best ways to travel more. All takes is a laptop, a reliable internet connection and a quiet spot at the beach for you to be a productive employee and a globetrotter.
- Use Business Trips to Your Advantage
If your job involves travelling, then you already have an advantage when it comes to traveling since your airfare will be covered by your employer. For a business trip that ends on a Friday, extending your trip until Sunday shouldn’t affect your job performance; and for an overseas business meeting that ends early in the day, make use of the rest of your day exploring the wonders of your new location.
- Check Your Company’s Sustainability Program
Many companies today have employee volunteering programs where staff are still considered as on-duty even though they aren’t working on their desks, but rather in the field to help communities in need. This offers an opportunity to travel while still able to help those in need. These programs may involve teaching English language to kids in Cambodia or provide assistance to remote villages in Nepal.
- Make Use of Your Weekends Wisely
Don’t underestimate weekends. They may just be two-day trip, but it offers a myriad of travel options. Anywhere that’s two to three hours flight—or drive—away is a candidate for a two-day trip. From Singapore, a two-hour flight will take you to Bangkok, Bali, Phuket, Saigon and Angkor Wat. Extending one hour more will take you to Laos, Chang Mai and Burma. Depending on the flight schedules of the day, you can take full advantage of these short vacations by leaving Friday night after your shift.
A full-time job shouldn’t keep you from living your dreams and an adventurous life. And even if you’re not an avid traveller, you deserve a break from the stress of your day-to-day life every once in a while.