and still keep your full-time job!
In one of my blog articles last month, I discussed how I was able to travel to 4 countries within 4 months and still maintained my full-time job in a BPO company. I’m writing this entry as a second part of that blog post.
Seldom do people know that apart from those 4 countries, I also traveled to 8 local destinations in a span of 8 months. It started in August of 2010 and ended during the first week of March 2011.
“Ed, I have a question; have you resigned from Company X”?
Friends and former colleagues would ask me this question because it seemed like every Facebook status message that I posted within those months, I’d point out that I was in a different place. Even I couldn’t believe the feat that I just achieved.
In the previous article, I talked about Booking Ahead, Filing for Vacation Leave, Planning your Itinerary and Saving Money. Here are some more travel tips you might find useful.
How to Travel to 4 Countries and 8 Local Destinations within 8 Months
and still keep your full-time job:
- Combine your Vacation Leaves with Your Days Off. Given that I only have an average number of vacation and sick leaves every year, it would be crazy to think that all the days that I went out were filed using my VLs. Simple mathematics would show that the number of days is not enough to cover for the acquired spots. That’s why it would be wise to use your rest days together with your vacation leaves. If it’s possible, holidays can also be combined. Let me summarize my travels during those instances:
3 days – Bohol (August 21-23)
9 days – Hong Kong and Macau (September 1-9)
3 days – Boracay (September 11-13)
4 days – Manila (October 1-4)
4 days – Malaysia (October 16-20)
5 days – Iloilo and Guimaras (November 25-29)
Was just spent in Cebu.
8 days – Thailand and Cambodia (January 18-25)
4 days – Davao
4 days – Zambales (February 28-21)
5 days – Sagada (March 2-7)
Pretty extreme, is it not? If you manage your leaves, you’ll have longer time to travel.
- Head to More than One Destination in Your Trips. You can hit two or more places in one travel. I went to Hong Kong and Macau, Thailand and Cambodia, and Iloilo and Guimaras during my travel periods. I dropped by other destinations as side trips which is great when you want to cover more areas. Even if it’s only for a limited time, so long as it’s doable, you can explore another province or country. When I think about it, if I include Macau as a country and other neighboring towns or provinces (Clark, Olongapo, Banaue, Bontoc and Baguio), it would’ve been a total of 5 countries and 13 local destinations within 8 months!
- Join Contests. Many companies organize raffles and contests as part of their marketing promotion. I was able to join a contest for bloggers and won a free trip to Boracay. It was an all-expense paid vacation for 3 days so all I had to do was drag myself to the airport. It was one of the things that I was really happy about because food, transportation and accommodation were already accounted for.
- Budget your Travel. There are many people who think that travelling is expensive. It may require money, but if you just let go of simple habits and choose wisely, you’ll surely save a lot. Staying in a pension house instead of a hotel, eating in a small eatery instead of a posh restaurant; these are simple tips that you can consider. I’ll tackle more about the things that I did in order to save enough money in a future post as this is a topic that most of us are concerned about.
I am really lucky to keep a job that has this flexibility when it comes to schedules and I’m also lucky to have a boss who supports my requests to get out of the office environment – so long as I do my job well and meet those basic expectations that are required from me. Still these tips go out to those who think that it’s impossible to take a break with their current situation.
People who say they don’t have the ‘time’ to travel can actually do so as long as they make travelling a priority. I can talk and talk more on this subject but it deserves more entries. I also don’t want to shell out tips and advises when I haven’t even proven them. But I’m confident in sharing the aforementioned because these are based on my experiences which didn’t turn out so bad.
Currently, I don’t have any planned travels as I am swamped with articles and stories waiting to be written on this blog. I’m loving the whole storytelling and I’m glad that I now have time to continue sharing my trips on this site. Next of my travel tips series, I’ll talk about how I was able to save enough money to travel to those destinations.
Did you ever have to sacrifice your job so you could travel?
Check out my other Money & Travel Tips articles here:
- How to Travel to Four Countries Within Four Months (Part One) – and still maintain your full-time job.
- How to Travel to 4 Countries and 8 Local Destinations within 8 Months (Part Two) – and still keep your full-time job
- How To Save Money for Your Trips and Extreme Saving Tips – My extreme money saving tips before I travel.
- How to Earn Online While Travelling – online income opportunities.