4 Tips For Traveling While Working Full-Time + What Happened In 2016
We're nearing the end of 2016 and another year of travels in the books! Can you believe it?!
For a majority of 2016, I was working full-time, yet I still managed to get to five countries! One question I was often asked this year was how I traveled while working a full-time 8-5 job that only offered 10 days of paid vacation.
I thought I'd write out the top four things I did that allowed me to work + travel so much this year in hopes that there will be some takeaways for any of you wanting to travel around a restricted schedule.
1. Utilize Weekends & Holidays
Weekend travel can be a little more expensive - flights and hotel prices can climb over weekends and holidays since that is when most people travel.
However, when you work full-time, you don't always have the ability to travel during the week.
What's a travel-obsessed person with a full-time job to do in this situation? Planning!
I didn't take as many weekend trips in 2016 as I did in 2015, though sites like Google Flights and Skyscanner help you find the cheapest flights. Also, staying with friends or family instead of a hotel can dramatically cut costs. This helps makes traveling over weekends and holidays not as expensive.
2. Work While You Travel
Since I was working all day every day, the company paid for my flights, hotel, food, in-country transport, etc. across multiple countries in Europe.
My only costs were some personal expenses and side trips for fun. During training week a few of us on the staff took a quick day trip from Vienna to Bratislava, and on my way home I stopped in Iceland for a couple of days.
Working while you travel can not only help curb your costs (or diminish them completely), it can be an awesome way to meet new people and get valuable, rewarding experience.
If you'd like to work while you travel as well, I wrote up a free starter guide you can download that goes over the entire process and includes tons of ideas for various travel jobs:
3. Make Travel a Priority
This is so important. I always say that travel has to be a priority in your life, or else you're never going anywhere.
Travel doesn't have to be #1, as we all have family and obligations, but it needs to be up there on the list.
Whether you need to plan a trip into your schedule and figure out timing, plan out your finances so you can come up with a travel budget, or simply have the patience to sit down and plan a trip, you need to make travel a priority in order to make it happen.
4. Consider working for yourself by earning an income online
In 2016, I side-hustled like a maniac so I could leave my 8-5 and work for myself instead. Using time blocking, I scheduled out my Google Calendar daily with tasks for mornings, lunch breaks, and after work.
I blocked off my work hours, gym time, and social outings, but if I was at home, I was working or learning about ways to improve my blog and side projects.
Walking from one meeting to the next meant updating social media. Waiting in line at Starbucks meant catching up on emails.
Everything I've learned by reading, watching and most importantly doing set me up to quit my job. I was in Gary Vee's "Crush It!" mode, if you will. ;)
Working on this blog and growing it to where it's at today allowed me to gain a great foundation for social media, writing, systems management, and so much more on the back-end that comes with blogging and other projects.
This allowed me to land freelance clients so I can earn an income online, move to California, and have a more flexible schedule for traveling.
If there's anything I want you to take away from this post, it's this:
One of the best things you can do in "side hustle mode" is to try things: when you learn something new, go apply what you learned to see if it works. If you come across a business idea or marketing tactic from a book, see how you can work it into your project right away.
When you're side hustling, your time is very limited, so you can't waste time planning and thinking and waiting. You just have to DO.
Overall this year has been pretty great, even with the highs and lows that come naturally to anyone. I'm very fortunate to have been able to travel this year, both domestically and internationally, though a lot of that is attributed to hard work.
Lately I've enjoyed putting together videos for my new (well new-ish) youtube channel! It's another fun, creative outlet to showcase travel information and (hopefully!) inspiration.
I put together a montage/compilation from my travels in 2016 - I hope you enjoy it!