…and still maintain your full-time job.
No, I didn’t take my job with me when traveling in those months but I filed for vacation leaves in between. From October of last year to January of this year, I visited four countries within four months; all of which happened in different times. It was no easy feat considering that I have a day job in a BPO industry. I was apprehensive too, if all my plans would push through considering the number of vacation leaves that I had.
Hong Kong, Macau (Ok, Macau is not a country but just a region of China along with HK, but my passport was still stamped), Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand. I visited these five places which makes me wonder if what I did was a rare opportunity to achieve or if everybody can do it as well.
Friends would ask me if I’m still working in my current company due to my constant travelling. I tell them I’m just lucky to also have a boss that understands my needs to get away from the office environment once in a while. Sure, you may not be able to choose your manager but there are other circumstances that you can control.
KL Monorail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Here are four basic tips that you can take note of so you can travel while keeping your job.
- Book Ahead – Check out budget airline websites for dirt-cheap promotions which they hold regularly. You’ll be able to save a ton of money because of booking in advance at ridiculously low prices.
My trip to Hong Kong cost me 1200 Php and those are round trip tickets already. (Cebu to Hongkong)
My trip to Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia cost me 850 Php; and that’s riding four planes! (Cebu to Clark to Kuala Lumpur and back)
My trip to Bangkok cost me 6000 Php; actually it’s 5200 bucks more because of a huge mistake of being late at the airport but you understand the point of booking during promo fares.
Venetian Hotel, Macau
- File for Vacation Leave – Since you’ve already booked in advance, you can start filing your leave months before your scheduled vacation. This gives you an advantage because you get to have first priority considering you’ve already informed your immediate supervisor about your plans — provided that there won’t be any sudden concerns that may affect your workload on those dates. It also depends on the number of leaves that you’re company allots.
9 days – Hong Kong and Macau (September 1-9, 2010)
5 days – Malaysia (October 16-20, 2010)
8 days – Bangkok and Cambodia (January 18-25, 2011)
Elephant Terrace, Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Plan your Itinerary – Once you’ve successfully booked a destination, the next thing you may want to do is research and plan your itinerary. What are you going to do? Bungy Jump From the World’s Highest Platform? Shop till you drop? Visit famous tourist spots? Or just lounge around to experience the culture? Whatever you choose, it’s wise to know what you’re going to do so you won’t end up lost. This includes going through Travel Blogs of people who’ve already been there or simply checking out Google for Tips and Things to know.
East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Save Money – Money is always the biggest factor when it comes to trips. The degree of comfort and luxury depends on the money you’ve raised and how much you’re willing to spend. Since it took me about a year to prepare for the trips, I had the chance to allot an amount every time pay day arrives. Believe me, it wasn’t easy as I still had a lot of payables every month. But when you have focus, you tend to limit overspending and prioritize your goals.
So that’s it. These are simple steps that you can take but they require a great deal of PATIENCE. I’m also lucky since I have companions who are willing to go that extra mile on research and hostel reservations. You can just start small and gradually work your way to booking flights to farther destinations. I’m not sure if I can do the same thing again in the future, but I’m happy to have done it while keeping my job at the same time.
Do you have a similar story to share? Any tips you’d like to add?
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.
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