Travelling on a 9-5 life

Flying over the Swiss Alps

I’m not quitting my 9-5 to travel. I’ve thought about it, a lot and there have been many times when I have landed back in London and have thought strongly about quitting and going to travel the world. However, I have come to realise that you don’t have to quit your 9-5 to be able to enjoy travelling. Here are some of the few that I have used this year and the ones that I will use in the future.

 1.     Use your holidays wisely
ou’ll probably get 25-30 holiday days (which is about 3 weeks and a bit if you took it all at one time.) Now that is a lot of holiday, but don’t then waste it. I just booked days off because I wanted a duvet day, but now I have a better way of dealing with that. Working from home, that way I get to save a day and still don’t go through going to the office.

 2.     Utilise bank holidays
I love bank holidays because they are basically add on holidays and if you’re lucky to not be obligated to work on a bank holiday then use that to travel. You can make a long weekend out of it. If you take the Friday of as well, then you’ll basically have a longer weekend and more time to travel. Talking about bank holidays, I recently found out a way of getting 18 days of holiday with only using 9 day of your allocated holiday. Consider going away in April. The Easter weekend holiday this year is in mid-April that puts it 2 weeks before the May Bank Holiday.
Shall we do the Maths?
Holidays booked = 9
Easter Bank Holiday = 2
May Bank Holiday = 1
Weekends (Sat & Sun) = 6
Total 18 days

So do what I’ve just done, and book the 9 days. You want to book from the 18th of April 2017 until the 28th of April 2017 and you’ll end up at work on the 2nd of May. You’re very much welcome. 

3.     Travel on weekends
Living in London is a great thing because Europe is literally on your doorstep. It takes on average 2 to 3 hours to fly to a different country in Europe and it’s a perfect way to spend a weekend. You can also take the Monday off and extend your trip, that way you’ll have a longer trip.

 And whilst we all want to be able to work from everywhere, for some of us, it’s not possible, but these are some of the ways that we can feed that insatiable need to travel. 

4. Work from a different location
If you work for a global company like I do, then you may be able to take advantage of working at a different location whilst you are on your trip. This will help save your holiday days and you get to network with people form other offices (which Managers always look favorably upon. )

Have more ideas ? Shoot me an  email and I can add it on :)