How To Travel With A Full-Time Job Guest post by Valerie Furgerson

How To Travel With A Full-Time Job

We often look at influencers as these mystical beings with fantastical lives without really considering the path that led them there. We don’t consider the rejections, the heartbreaks and the late shifts before the money came. We just see a fantasy world that we would never have the audacity to think that we could be a part of. Why? Well, we have kids, bills and we work 60 hours a week for mediocre pay.

But it’s a lie that we tell ourselves, isn’t it? Can’t we do both?
You don’t have to have a lot of money to travel.
You don’t have to be an influencer or have some other nomadic job to travel.
You don’t have to have a lot of time off to travel.
You can still see those places. You. Can. Go.

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is “how do you travel all of the time?” I, like many of you, have a full-time job. In an office. When I'm not working, I'm traveling, and when I am not doing either of those things, I am pouring my heart and soul into my blog. I am not a good juggler (blame it on poor hand-eye coordination). I have made great sacrifices and pushed boundaries to be able to travel as much as I do because I decided from a young age that this was the greatest priority for me in life. Believe me when I say that it’s not always glamorous.

Sometimes it means that I travel alone.
I say “no” to going out with friends to save money.
I put off settling down anywhere.
So without further ado, here are some tips and tricks that I use to make traveling with a full time job a little easier.

Go Local

When we think of travel or vacations, exotic images of Bali or the Maldives usually pop into our heads. We so often forget that exploring within our own country, state or town can lead us to undiscovered gems. Beyond the benefits of discovering something new, your tourism dollars are benefiting local communities and you are saving money (and time!) by traveling closer to home.

Road Trip

Road trips are becoming more popular than ever and it’s not just because it is often cheaper than flying to a destination. Road trips allow you to pile everyone in the car (family, friends or fido), bring whatever you want with you and allow you to stop wherever you want. I love road trips because in my opinion, that’s how you really see and get a true sense of a place. 

Make the Most of Holidays

In 2019, I took one trip that wasn’t associated with a national holiday where my office was formally closed. Tacking on a day or two at the beginning/end of a three-day or holiday weekend is one of the easiest ways to get some serious travel in. Planning in advance for trips like this will really help you out here.

Why can’t you have a full-time job and travel?

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that working a full-time job, running my blog ( and making time to travel isn’t hard. Absolutely, it is hard.

But is it worth it? Every damn day.

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