How to travel with a full time job: Advice from ten 9-5ers who frequently travel

It may be a little harder to travel while working full-time, but not impossible.

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We all see stories online of people who quit their jobs to travel the world and become #travelgoals. It’s pretty cool, however, the reality is that it's not what everyone who loves travels wants/has to do. For those that work full time, there are many ways that you can travel without leaving your job. We've reached out to some frequent travellers who hold down a 9-5 and have become the person at work who is always on holiday somewhere.

Here are their tips on how to maintain a full-time job and travel successfully:

Gabby Beckford

Making the time to travel with a 9-5 is the hardest part, and your choice in company makes a huge difference! When applying to jobs make sure to ask the questions: am I able to have a flexible schedule? What are your work from home options? If you’re already at a job, don’t be afraid to negotiate with management and pitch them on why you deserve flexible hours and a trial period to work remotely.

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Rhona Ddungu

Set goals, write down how many countries/cities you want to travel to as you’ll essentially be speaking it to existence. Saving is key! Save towards your travel goals whether it be for your next destination, spending money or for emergencies (e.g. missing your flight, eek!). Make sure you do a thorough research on the country/city you intend on visiting through google or posts/vlogs from travel bloggers. This will help with creating an itinerary to suit your budget. Don’t be afraid to travel solo. With everyone’s schedule being so different it can be very hard to plan a trip whereby your friends are free. Yes, you should work hard but life’s too short to be stressed over a 9-5. You deserve a break & should live your very best life. Self care is everything! Embedded content:

Charlotte Haynes

If you’re lucky enough to work in a company that allows you to buy extra annual leave, buy it. Ultimately, it’s extra days where you don’t have to be at work. However, if you are able to work flexibly with your employer, you may be able to work overtime, take unpaid time off or make up your hours. Taking advantage of decent flight times means you could be sampling the sights of the French Riveria on a Friday evening instead of your usual after-work local pub.

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Tolu Fasoyiro

Make the most of bank holidays - for example if you take into account the Easter and May bank holidays (if you're based in the UK) you can get up to 18 consecutive days off for just 9 days of annual leave! Take long weekend trips, travelling on a Thursday or Friday and coming back on a Sunday will hardly cut into your annual leave.

If you can afford to do so, consider taking unpaid leave so you can get more time off. Make the most of your hometown and take a staycation, it can be so much cheaper and you might end up not needing to take any days off if you do it over the weekend. Be open to travelling around off-peak times: most people in the office tend to go away in the summer months and it can be harder to get time off.

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Bonita Darkoh

Take time off strategically, take advantage of the Bank Holidays as this will give you the opportunity to leverage your given days. Book in advance, once you submit that holiday request, it’s in! So book your flight months in advance, this will save you a lot of money. Visit a destination where your company is based, this way your company may just give you the opportunity to work from this location.

Long weekend holidays are doable, just plan your time prior to flying and book either Friday or Monday off. Oh and another tip, take half days. If your office is not too far from the airport, simply book an evening flight and take a half day or leave slightly early!

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Plan some staple things in advance to utilise your time fully in the place that you're staying at. Atleast then you can say you've done a few things around the culture of the place, even if you pair this with being spontaneous later on. Ideally, try to land on a Friday so this is weekend time and not holidays being used up. Embedded content:

Rebekah Makinde

Right now I'm working full time as a trainee accountant.The best tips I can give are to:

  1. Plan your travels in advance: My last solo trip was in February where I spent two weeks in Vietnam and one week in the Philippines and I booked my annual leave six months in advance!

2: Build a good working relationship with your employer: I've been working for the same employer for three years now and they're fully aware of my love for travelling. I've been able to build trust so I can work flexibly, either working extending hours (so I can take a working day off instead or annual leave) or even working remotely from another country.

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Joyce Oladeinde

While working full time as an engineer, I travelled to 9 countries in the first 6 months of 2019 including one work trip, taking only 9 days of paid leave. Working a 9-5 job and travelling is very possible and would like to share some of my travel tips on how you can do this too. Extend work trips. If you have the opportunity to go travel with your job, why not consider extending that work trip and explore a new city. Embedded content:

Taiwo Badmus

With my 9-5 job, I normally plan my frequent trips around the weekends and bank holidays. I opt to fly in the evening or late afternoon on a weekday so I can save half or a whole working day. Alternatively, I could ask for unpaid leave in order for me to travel for leisure.

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Jordan Chapman

I really enjoy traveling on work trips or bank holidays. Work makes it difficult because you do have to balance your time at work and off work, but I actually prefer smaller weekend trips to the big long two-week backpacking trip. I make the bulk of my money through my 9-5, so I have to make it work when I can. Being flexible with both my travel and work schedule allows for the ideal system, and I can really see the world! Embedded content:

With BRB, we make it easier for you to travel while working full-time. You can travel three times a year on your own terms. Pick your dates (including weekends), pick your break type, and select your flight time!

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