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How To Travel Whilst You’ve Got A Full-Time Job

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I think you would agree with me that travelling is so much fun, but it can also be quite a costly experience, right?

Especially when travelling to somewhere far away.

Plus the spending money…

Travelling the world is everyone’s dream.

Some prefer to do it all at once and give up their job, whereas others prefer to still keep their job and travel when possible.

In this article, I’ll be covering my tips on how you can travel the world whilst also having a full-time job.

Keep in mind, I’m only twenty at this point in time, so if I can travel whilst having a full-time job, you can too.

How To Travel Whilst You’ve Got A Full-Time Job

✈️ Tip #1: Travel during the cheapest times

As we all know, when it comes to being an adult, there are expenses we have to payout on a monthly basis.

To keep costs to a minimum, it’s always good to travel during the cheapest times. Using airlines like Skyscanner and searching for flights during the week on various months will help you identify which flights are the best and the cheapest.

I’ve found that when booking flights, flying out mid-week then coming back mid-week is sometimes a hell of a lot cheaper than flying out at the weekend.  To get an even cheaper flight, you could be looking at very early hour flights.

I’m heading off to Germany in a few weeks time, my flights are at 7:30 in the morning, arriving at the airport just shy of three hours will mean I’ll need to leave at least 2:30 in the morning. It’s crazy but due to that, I’ve managed to get a return flight for just under £50.

Thankfully, I won’t be driving at that time. I’ve opted for a BnB 10 minutes away from the airport. £25. Not bad.

✈️ Tip #2: Be open to travel anywhere

Whilst we’ve all got our dream list of places we want to go, our next location might not be the best option.

If you’re not too fussed where you want to go next, you could use Skyscanner’s search and just put the location as “Everywhere”, this will give you a list of places which you can then narrow down to fit your budget.

Pretty cheap right?

✈️ Tip #3: Travel light

This is pretty self-explanatory.

The lighter you travel the cheaper it will be. Kind of.

If you can pack all your clothing, gear and any other items you’ll need in a rucksack or luggage that can be taken on a plane as hand luggage, you’ll be saving yourself from paying for baggage costs.

Pretty obvious, but still not many people think of doing it.

✈️ Tip #4: Use AirBnB

Whilst we all love to stay at hotels, they can be quite expensive, especially if it’s in the city centre or somewhere that’s quite popular. Why not take a look at AirBnB for your accommodation.

For the Germany trip this month, I’ll be staying at an AirBnB for just £25.

I’ll have the house all to myself along with my mate. The location is very close to where we’ll be heading, 13-minute drive to the suspension bridge in Germany – Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay. It’s also very close to other hiking routes.

You can find a great bargain on there, go ahead and give it a search, you’ll even receive £30 off your first stay using my link.

✈️ Tip #5: Set-up a separate savings account

Just like you would for a house deposit, why not set-up savings account for your travels?

Transfer over a small amount each week or month, you’ll soon start to build up your travel money.

If you want to go a step further, why not think about additional side income opportunities, weekend work, or maybe offer a service on Fiverr to generate some extra income to add to your savings? It’s worth a shot!

Last thoughts…

By following the above tips, you’re bound to save money on travelling, which will help you travel to more countries around the world.

It is possible to travel when you’re in a full-time job.

You just need to prepare yourself and make sure you’ve got enough holiday allowance available.

P.S. in case you was wondering, the total cost of the Germany trip is £75. That’s without paying for the BnB the night before the flight.

Pretty damn cheap, eh?

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Gareth Goes Places

6 Comments

  • Aye, those with full-time jobs need to do a lot of adjustments to be able to travel frequently. I also plan to-from flights on a mid-week. Other tips I’d like to add is to search for possible weekend trips within your area (local travel is so overlooked) and to find a company that allows/tolerates you being gone for days.

  • Totally Agree with you Gareth. That is exactly how I pick my places. I always dont fly, since there are more options with buses and railways here in India (slower but a lot lot cheaper)

  • Nice one Gareth! Many people assume traveling is a rich man’s hobby. But no. Some people just don’t know how to manage finances well so they end up not traveling thinking they could save up some more wherein reality, they are lacking themselves of experience.

  • Completely agree with you on all these thoughts. I too search for the flight tickets before and choose bnb over hotels. I feel by saving on these two factors we can save a lot while travelling. Opening a separate travel account and putting some money every week into it is really a good option.

  • I agree. Travel on an early time. It saves time and money. I once traveled to an island in Malaysia at 2:30 am. I was at the island by 7am and had the whole day to spend. The bus had reclining seats so I was asleep during travel. I rested well and had plenty of time to explore the island too. Great post!

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