No – we are not full-time bloggers or influencers (although that would be ideal!). We have very real, corporate jobs that keep us afloat and offer us enough cushion to save our money for some travels throughout the year. But how can we afford to travel so often and how do we get the time off?
It’s hard to travel without money – actually, it’s hard to do anything without money. We aren’t millionaires and we are not earning six figures per year, but we are diligent with our spending and saving and are able to comfortably live and travel all at the same time. They key is to not spend on un-important items or habits and to always set a budget and stick with it!
Small Trips are Trips Too!
We may not be able to go abroad any day we want to, but we always make an effort to go on a little getaway not too far from home every once in a while. So far this year we have been to Kingston, Gananoque, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Winchester and Toronto. These are usually little weekend or day trips to get us out of the city and exploring a new area! A trip is a trip!
I personally am allotted two weeks of paid vacation every calendar year with my current job. Some employers offer more, some less. Know what you are eligible for and plan from there. You want to make sure your time off coordinates with your friends, partners or family’s schedules as well. I typically take my holidays one week at a time and usually spread out (one at the beginning of the year and one towards the end). If you take all your holidays at once you won’t have time to take off later on and could risk getting burnt out.
PRO TIP: If you can, try to plan your holidays over a weekend to take advantage of the days you won’t need to claim as vacation days! (ex. if you holiday Monday – Friday you will need to take 5 vacation days. If you holiday Wednesday – Sunday you only need to take 3 vacation days).
Budget, Budget, Budget
Create a budget that works for you. We have a whiteboard at home that we create of a thermometer for our savings goals for a particular trip we want to go on. It’s helpful to have a constant visual of your goals and to see your progress as well. Working within timelines and setting a budget goal also helps to make the total cost of a trip less intimidating or overwhelming.
Do you work full-time and travel often? Are you a digital nomad and travel for work? Drop us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!