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.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey using a laptop

When we’re not traveling, we’re usually at home working on the blog.

 

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.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey at Pike Place Market

Just one month after I started my new job, I took a 5 day trip to Seattle.

 

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.

 

Vicky and Buddy at Time Square New York City

Wandering around New York City

 

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.

 

Pad thai at Eathai Delray Beach

While exploring a city only an hour north of where I live, I discovered a restaurant with some great pad thai!

 

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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