How to travel the world while working full time

I’ve been to 58 countries… that’s A LOT! And yet, I hold a full time 8-5 job.

So how did I achieve this and where did I find time and money (you ask!)?

Simple: Work – Save – Travel – Repeat!

Not easy, but it’s doable. I have done it for over 20 years. So can you!

Here’s how:

  1. Work

This seems obvious and really means ‘earn’. While you’d want to minimise what you spend on travel, it’s going to cost some, right? And having a full time job is the straightforward way to earn a steady income that can meet your basic needs (and wants), and to afford you all those other luxuries you yearn for… like travelling!

And this is the point you are encouraged to keep your day job. It can seem counter-productive because travel needs time, yet you may not realise that travel can be tiring too. It’s refreshing on both ends to do travel as a break from work, and to have a place to return to once you are done with travel. Plus, the world isn’t going anywhere, so no need to try to cover it all in one go.

  • Save

Alongside earning (and probably just as important), is saving. You earn so that you can spend (and hopefully) save some. In general, saving is for 3 purposes. For emergencies, to invest and to fuel your passion(s). Whether you plan to travel just once in your lifetime, or to make a hobby out of it, or perhaps even to turn it into a lifetime career, you are going to need to develop the discipline of putting some of your earnings aside, to accumulate enough to afford it.

Saving, like exercise, requires discipline. You will need to develop it as a habit over time. Pay yourself first, always and every time, and you will increase the possibilities of achieving your travel (and other) goals over the course of your lifetime.

  • Travel
Gauteng Train arriving in Johannesburg

Yei! Just like that! 🙂

While you are earning and saving, you are also planning where to go, when, who with and (maybe) why. And because travel interests vary, your getaway could be a weekend away hiking or doing a road trip. Or you might want to travel to far off lands that need you to be away for a week or longer. This would need scheduling your vacation time with your supervisor or colleagues well in advance. It’s also ideal to plan early so that you have adequate time to decide where you are going, and to research the costs of stay or activities, so that you know how much you’ll need. Involve your family as co-travellers (or not, depending…).

Ultimately, the goal is to take actions that will lead to making your dream come true, and make all the sacrifices of delayed gratification and researching endlessly in anticipation, all worthwhile!

  • Repeat

And when you’ve spent the savings, enjoyed your experiences and taken tons of photos to share on your return (and to psych you up for your next trip), it’s time to get back to base and start all over again. J

Consider it recovery time as well. Travel can be draining on both energy and bank account. So it’s refreshing to get back to the family & work routine, and energising to start planning for the next adventure too!

See? It’s possible for you to travel, while working full time! Though it’s not easy, it’s simple and you can do it too.

Work – Save – Travel – Repeat!

Get started today, and soon you’ll be ticking off that bucket list with glee!

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