The million dollar question is “How to Travel every weekend’. I also have a full-time job, but I can work anytime I want and it gives me the opportunity to travel anytime I want to fulfill my passion. But not all of us are lucky to have the luxury of working without following a schedule. But it doesn’t mean your travel every weekend goal isn’t possible. There are ways that you can do and here are some of my tips that might help you.
1. Choose an employer that understands your travelling and personal needs
If you’re looking for a job or thinking of transferring, apart from the compensation, you might want to consider the flexibility of work hours. This is something that my new boss knew from the beginning and he was very accommodating to my request. If you have the opportunity to initiate flexible work arrangements, take it and you’ll always find yourself free to travel whenever you can. Learn how to negotiate and make your passion known to your new reporting manager.
You might also want to consider a no weekend work schedule, I mean what’s the point of your travel every weekend goal if you have to work every weekend? I would say I was fortunate because my previous employer did not have the shifting work schedule. It was a 9-5 job with weekend off and that gave me the ability to travel if I could. More and more companies have started to carry out the work-life-balance perception and understanding of the needs of their employees.
2. Join a travel community or group
Online travel community has become a rising trend and is continuing to grow as many people are starting to embrace their inner wanderlust. You’ll see many of them on Facebook or other social media forums. In these travel communities, you’ll see groups of mountaineers, beach lovers and adventure junkies who arrange weekend trips with budget-friendly itineraries. They are mostly considerate and ready to take you in. If you travel with a group, you can usually save reasonable amount of your travel money plus you can gain friends with the same passion as yours.
Another thing that you can utilize is travel apps. These are readily available for people who are looking for travel companion or meet new friends while travelling. By taking advantage of these cool technologies, you’ll get to meet many travel experts who can help you with your questions, give you a tour and will even let you stay for free at their home in the city, province or country that you’re visiting.
3. Believe that travel every weekend is possible
Yes, you have to believe and make it as your goal! Believing that you can make it happen in the first place is the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re aiming to travel every weekend. Visualize yourself in a place where you can relax and enjoy your time off and think of something that you can do to make it possible. Start a weekend get-away fund by taking advantage of other money earning opportunities. Sell your unused stuff online, bake cupcakes then sell it to your co-workers or be a part time virtual assistant, whatever suits you. I’ve done this for 6 years while working full time and I used the extra cash for my trips. Always remember that even the smallest amount is helpful.
4. Set your priorities straight
Make a list of all your expenses and get rid of the unnecessary stuff. Cut down on your weekly budget and identify urgent versus important. Maybe you don’t need to eat out all the time and instead, just make yourself a sandwich at home. Take a break from splurging too much and control yourself from spending money on material things that only give you a short time satisfaction. I’m not saying you should live miserably, but you’ll be surprised how much money you can save for your trip if you set your priorities straight. Allocate a budget in advance and research prices on everything from food, transportation, hotels and paid tours before your trips.
5. Explore the nearby provinces and cities
Travelling somewhere close to your home can also be a good thing as your starting ground. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t have enough money for a plane ticket, hop on a bus or train and visit the nearby provinces and cities. It does not sound like exciting to some of you, but each place that you go to have always something special or unusual to offer. So go pack your bag and explore these places within a driving range. Start researching these locations, ask someone you know who has been there or check the nearest tourist information centre. I am lucky as I live in the Philippines and our country is full of beautiful places. There are many provinces surrounding Metro Manila and every province is worth a visit.
6. Consider off-season travelling
This is the best time to take advantage of much lower costs of accommodations, food and other fees. The famous places are also less crowded and you’ll get to enjoy more. Every travel destination has an ideal time of the year for visitors, but if you choose to go during the off-season, you can book some great deals on flights and hotels that can save you a lot of money. I saved a lot of money when I booked my flight to Japan for late September instead of March or April which is usually the peak months because of the cherry blossom season. You can use some of those savings to treat yourself during your trip or for your next travel destination.
Another money saving tip is to not pre-book anything online, unless you are sure of the prices. Ask the locals and get as much as many information before paying someone. You can ask the hotel receptionist or the cab driver for the best and cheapest way to a certain destination. Don’t get ripped off and be wise.
7. Make Time, because if you want it so badly then you should do it
Finding the time to travel can be hard for most of us. Juggling a full-time job with other things is often the biggest hindrance to start travelling. But everyone finds time for things that are most important to them and if travelling more often is what you want, you can make this possible. As long as you possess a stable source of income, a reasonable work schedule and the strong desire to do it, you can make it work. You can check out my tips on how to travel while working full time.
Please be reminded that these tips may or may not be applicable to your situation or lifestyle, because travelling is all about priorities, making time and of course spending money. But my goal here is to give advice and to give inspiration to the readers who are looking for a short break from their busy lives. Most importantly, I would like to encourage the readers to travel as frequent as they can because life is not just about work and your cubicle. There are many more beautiful places other than the four walls of our office.
Proper balance between our personal-life and career-life is very important. Find the right way to keep doing what you love and trust yourself that you can make it work. I hope you find these tips helpful or that I motivated you somehow. Don’t stop figuring out other ways on how to travel every weekend. If you liked this post, please share it with your friends and family.
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