How do we combine travelling with a fulltime job? We have been asked this question so much in the past year! Have a look through our Instagrampage and it might seem as if we are at a new destination every week. However, nothing is further from the truth! Yes, in the past year we’ve explored our own country Belgium as well as travelled to Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Kenya, England, Latvia and only a few weeks ago to Croatia. However most of our days are spent behind the desks of our fulltime jobs. Want to know how we did it? Enjoy this read!
First one is simple, in Belgium we are allowed twenty paid days off and we have used almost every single one of those days to go travelling. Those twenty workdays along with the weekends in between means you have four weeks of time to spend on travel. For example: we went to Mexico for a week back in March. We left on a Friday and came back home on Saturday the week after. So with just using six of our twenty days we had an amazing action-packed trip and still one day and a half of the weekend left to adjust to the jetlag, do our laundry and get ready for another work week.
Living in the heart of Europe
As Belgians, we have the advantage of being surrounded by amazing travel destinations. Amsterdam is only two hours away by car! Or we could hop on a train and be in Paris in two hours or London in three hours. Our European plane trips this year to Latvia, England and Croatia were all flights which lasted about two hours or less. This enabled us to make full use of our next tip which is…
What better way to spend your weekend than by going on a quick holiday? 😉 For example for our Luxembourg trip last year, we left Friday evening after work, ate a burger on the road and arrived just in time to make a small evening stroll around the town before turning in for the night. This meant that we had the entire Saturday to discover the beauty of the surrounding area. We went for a walk in the woods in the morning and visited a small city nearby in the afternoon. On Sunday we had some more time to discover the town we were staying in, left after lunch and were back home again in the late afternoon. It was the perfect little trip! We had done everything we wanted to do and seen everything we wanted to see.
When you’ve got an extra long weekend because of a National Holiday attached to it or something like that, you’ve got the opportunity to go just a bit further. This is how we were able to visit Riga!
A job that matches your wanderlust
Lynn works as a travel agent and part of the job is getting to know the destinations you present to your customers. So once every year or two she is able to go on a study trip. This is how she was able to spend a week in Kenya last December! Of course, it’s a work trip so she spent a lot of time getting hotel tours and getting to know what they have to offer to their guests. But she was also able to go on a safari, enjoy the stunning Diani Beach and meet the Maasai. Work or not, that’s a memorable trip right there!
Working as a travel agent also means knowing the best travel deals and knowing all sorts of amazing travel destinations, great accommodations and cool activities. We definitely wouldn’t have been able to do our Mexicotrip if Lynn didn’t work as a travel agent and use all of her expertise to make this trip possible. Of course there are lots of other jobs available that allow you to travel! For example: flight attendant, tour guide, digital nomad…
Fulltime job means fulltime pay
And finally, all these trips need to be financed obviously. If we didn’t have fulltime jobs we actually might travel less since we haven’t figured out yet how to make money grow on trees (if you know how to do this, let us know 😉 ). After paying our bills, food, rent, savings… we also try to set a bit of money aside every month to spend on fun stuff. And fun stuff for us means: travel! We try to save money by not spending it on stuff we don’t really need. This way we have more money to travel the world.
How do you combine travelling alongside your job? And where will your next trip take you to? Make sure to use our hashtag #aboutsomethingaround on Instagram to share your travel pictures and give us all a bad case of wanderlust! 😉 If you’re interested in discovering more about the trips we mentioned in this post, find their respectable articles here or just send your questions our way here or in the comments! 🙂