Let’s make 2016, the year you Travel the World! I am always surprised by the amount of excuses people come up with that supposedly prevent them from Travelling. Most people do have at least a couple of doubts and fears when it comes to Travel.
I’m certainly no stranger to the occasional moment of uncertainty. Should I really spend so much money on this trip? Wouldn’t it be better if I saved that money for rainy days? I don’t have enough time to plan this Trip! This country is far to dangerous to visit. I don’t have enough time to Travel!
That’s why I have launched a series on this blog in which I will regularly feature Guest Posts from experienced Travelers. These articles will help you banish those silly excuses to the far flung end of your mind. Hopefully my Guest Bloggers will be able to qualm your nerves and inspire YOU to travel more in 2016!
Now, I’m very excited about this series because not only will it be an informational piece for you guys, but it will also be an informational piece for me! After all, we are in this together!
Today we are tackling the ever re-occurring excuse “I don’t have enough time to travel. I have a full-time career after all!”. I have connected with a couple of Travel Bloggers that will prove to you that you are wrong. Oh so wrong! And along the way they will also give you their Best Advice, Hints and Tricks on how to Travel the World whilst holding down a 9-to-5 Job.
BIO & INTRO
Today’s Guestbloggers are Martha and Nigel, from Bay Breezin’. They are an international couple with a difference: An Age Difference. The unlikely pair got to know each other through their mutual love of Sweden when young Martha, working for a Swedish rental company, kindly charged Nigel’s credit card and sent him directions for his upcoming trip to the country. A few years later, they met in person for the first time when Northern Irish gentleman Nigel visited Martha in her city of residence at the time: Leipzig, Germany. She has since chosen Northern Ireland as her home and the pair got married on a California Beach in 2015. When travelling, the age difference is most apparent in the evening when one of them wants to stay out and explore while the other prefers to snuggle up in bed with a cup of tea … as after all it is 9.30pm. Yes, you guessed it! The latter is Martha!
5 TIPS: HOW TO TRAVEL MORE DESPITE YOUR FULL TIME JOB
It has probably happened to you, too: You post a photo of a beautiful memory from a holiday gone by on Facebook and the comments from friends and relatives start rolling in. “You on holiday AGAIN?” or “Do you ever WORK?”. The unexciting truth is: Yes, we do. We both have full time jobs. Martha leaves for work around 7.30am and usually doesn’t return home until after 6.00pm. Nigel’s longish commute makes his work-day about just as long. Regardless of our work schedules, we somehow managed to have four foreign holidays last year, including a 2.5-week honeymoon road trip. Sometimes we wonder ourselves how we manage to squeeze in all that fun, so we have put together a list of the main factors that make it possible for us and we would love to share it with you.
1# DO THE MATHS: HOLIDAY ALLOWANCE
Sorry to disappoint you, but we cannot provide you with a magic formula that makes 20 days of leave into 40. Instead, we usually write down how many days leave we have at the start of each leave-year and keep track of how many of them we will need off for holidays. You can ask either of us at any time of the year – we will always know how many days we have left to take. If our original plans do not work out, we have to be more creative, which is where some of the following tips come in.
2# BANK HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
Also fairly obvious, but often overlooked: When booking flights, we will always try to make sure they incorporate the best amount of weekends and bank holidays, even if that sometimes means paying slightly more. Our leave is our most precious commodity after all.
Martha works with an international clientele, so she will sometimes opt for working certain UK bank holidays, which she can then flexibly use for going away.
3# UNPAID LEAVE
With Martha’s family living abroad, 20 days are often not enough to see them and fulfill our thirst for travel. When she started with her current company, she negotiated 5 extra days of unpaid leave to give us enough time for everything. A previous company she worked for offered the possibility of “buying” 5 extra days off as a perk. If you are always short on leave, it might be worth checking with your employer if unpaid days are an option for you.
On rare occasions, she has also been able to work from her family’s home for a week, so that she could spend time with them after working hours and on the weekend.
4# HOUSEKEEPER NIGEL
Nigel has a slightly more generous leave entitlement and can also build up flexi-time. That means that his additional days off are usually spent completing chores, accepting deliveries, getting cars serviced and running various other errands that require time off. That way, we can spend all of Martha’s days off exploring together.
5# SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
All of this means that the only times we really get to relax at home are weekends and Christmas. We never usually take any random days off for appointments or events. Neither do we allow ourselves much time to adjust before going back into work after a long distance trip (even though we would not necessarily advise you to do the same).
Most of our fellow travellers have lots of time but little money to do the things they want to do. We have two full incomes and can afford nice vacations, but we lack the time. Unless you are a super successful full time travel writer, there seems to be an inevitable dilemma: You are either time-rich and money-poor or the opposite. You just have to make some sacrifices to embrace whichever side you are on – the reward of your travel memories will be more than worth it.