Not everyone is carefree with no work or family responsibilities. Some of us work full-time and that’s just the way it is. So, how do you find the time to travel when your life is filled with up with so many other pressing concerns? I work full-time and I’m also in the process of buying my first house – not really the first picture that would spring to mind when you think of someone who travels. However, you shouldn’t feel like you have to choose between one thing and another. Travelling can be a part of your life.
If you work full-time, make the most of your holidays. Actually plan exciting trips so you don’t just spend your week off doing household chores and moping around. If you can, see if you can put some holiday time together to make one 3 or 4 week break. That way you have time to truly explore somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. That’s what I did when I went backpacking around Croatia last year, and it was great! Sometimes a week just isn’t long enough.
If you want to go one step further you might even want to explore the possibility of taking a sabbatical and jetting off for a few months at a time. It all depends on how lenient your boss is! There might even be options to travel within your job.
Sometimes money is the issue. You may need to make big purchases like a house or a car and can’t justify taking time off to travel. Try to make travel something which comes naturally. Perhaps you could have a separate fund where you put a little bit of money away each month just for holidays. Also, remember that travelling doesn’t mean you have to go far. Make the most of your weekends by taking short breaks to a city you’ve never visited or a countryside hideaway. Often the most interesting places to visit can be found right on your doorstep.
Of course, it all depends on what your priorities are in life. Adventurous, free-spirited types will always find the time to travel and won’t be bound by financial or career limitations, but there’s no reason why you can’t have it all. Travel is so much more accessible nowadays with cheap flights aplenty and some great deals to be had. The most important thing in life is not to have any regrets so if you’re sat in a boring office job, yearning to get out there and see the world, then just do it!
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