Finding time to travel can be challenging. Work, family, and day to day happenings can all keep us from seeing the world. That being said, there are ways to structure your life so that travel is still a major part of your story. Here are four outside the box ways to work travel into your lifestyle.
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1. Work remotely
If you’re a business owner or freelancer, you’ve likely already considered this. But you’d be surprised how many people who work a 9 to 5 have been granted time to work remotely throughout the year. Try asking your boss if he or she would have a problem with you putting in some of your hours throughout the year from another location. If you work on the east coast, working remotely from Europe is very doable. You can simply adjust your hours so that you’re always online when your team is to make the transition as easy as possible. Even if your request gets shot down – it doesn’t hurt to ask.
2. Start a travel blog
Travel blogging has changed my life, and it can change yours as well. Write about the places you’ve been and collaborate with other travelers. Go on their podcasts, write guest articles for their blogs, and grow your following to a point where tourism boards and travel publications take notice.
Once you get to this point, you can start asking for sponsored stories. Tourism boards allocate parts of their budget to travel bloggers every year – you might even be able to swing a free flight or hotel stay if you play your cards right.
3. Consider a career in travel
Every travel professional will tell you that there are two awesome parts of their job. First, co-workers and clients in the travel industry tend to be very happy people. We can attest to this. When travel is your profession, it’s hard not to come into work happy every day. Second, travel professionals are known to get a ton of perks in the form of familiarization trips and discounted travel opportunities. Tourism boards are known to host travel agents and travel professionals on FAM trips at discounted rates, take advantage of this by stepping into the industry.
4. Take unpaid leave
If you find yourself in a job where vacation time is extremely limited, try asking for unpaid leave during a time of year that isn’t busy for your company. It’s best to prepare for this and ask well in advance of your potential trip for two reasons. First, it gives your employer lots of heads up, and second, it lets you prepare financially and set money aside throughout the year.