Do you have to quit your job to travel? Quite frankly, the answer is no.
It is possible to travel while working a full time job, you simply have to make travel a priority in your life.
Traveling while working can be a balancing act. But unlike some other bloggers, I don’t feel comfortable with only relying on my blog as a source of income. That is why I still work full time; it means I have a steady income. I’d be a nervous wreck if I didn’t know where my next paycheck was coming from or if one was even coming at all. Don’t think my paycheck is huge though… I definitely budget. I went into more detail on how I afford to travel in this post, but basically it comes down to setting goals and prioritizing. I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes, accessories, or gadgets. Also, when I’m not traveling, you’ll usually find me at home since going out usually means spending money.
I also started a full time job with a new company, one that gives me the flexibility to travel more. When I quit my 9-5 job, a lot of people thought I was making a huge mistake. I was leaving a “safe” government job with great benefits. But I wanted to figure out a way to travel more while still working a full time job. Through a good friend, I found an opportunity to work for a private company, one that allows me to work from home most days of the week. So even though I still work full time, the ability to work remotely has already allowed me to travel to a few new destinations. For example, I’ve flown out on a Wednesday night (which usually means cheaper airfare) and then worked during the day on Thursday and Friday. I was able to explore during the evenings on those work days, all day Saturday, and Sunday up until the time I had to head to the airport.
But even if you have a regular desk job, it is still possible to travel. What I was doing at my old job was going on short weekend trips. Once in awhile, I’d be “sick” on a Friday or Monday to give myself an extra day of travel. I did have to make sure I had enough sick days accumulated though, and flights were usually a bit more expensive, but I made do. One time, my flight literally got in at 6 am on a Monday and I had enough time to go home, shower, and get to work. I was tired, but happy. So even if you are restricted a bit because of your job, traveling is possible. It just comes down to priorities.
I also think there’s a huge misconception that you always have to go far to travel, which isn’t the case. Spending a weekend exploring a new city that is only a short drive away can be just as rewarding as flying thousands of miles to a new city.
So you see, fitting travel into your life is totally doable, even if you work full time. It isn’t always easy and it takes some balancing, but I believe that if you’re truly passionate about something, you’ll find a way to make it happen.
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