How to Travel with a 9-5 Job (5 EASY Ways)

Ever wondered how some people always look like they are on holiday or travelling… When 9-5 workers in the UK receive a minimum of 28 days of paid annual leave per year, so how do they manage to travel so much?

For some people, this is hard to balance over the year with limited annual leave days, it can be difficult to travel abroad for your holiday. So you might be wondering how to travel with a 9-5 job? Is it possible?

Well, it is possible! You just have to be smart about it. Everyone wants to travel more these days and I want to help to do that with a few travel tips for how you can still travel while working full-time. This blog post will give you 5 EASY ways of how to travel with a 9-5 job.

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1. Make Use of Your Annual Leave

Obviously, annual leave or vacation time is different for everyone around the world.

For the UK it is a minimum of 28 days including 8 bank holidays.

On average in the US there are only 10 paid holiday days and that is after you have worked for 1 year. That is CRAZY!

With such a vast difference between holiday days over the world it means you have to plan your days well to be able to travel with a job. Book your holidays early and make use of the public holidays, even if you don’t know where you might go yet, book the days into the work calendar.

Most offices are okay with people taking 1-2 week holidays in one period. Within that time you could do a multiple city/ country trip and visit some places that are closer together.

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Check out The Wandering Quinn’s post for Making The Most of Your Annual Leave!

2. Weekend Breaks

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere in Europe then you will know how great it is to book a cheap flight to another country. You can do a weekend break, fly on the Friday night after work and be at your destination within an hour or so, explore for 2 days and fly home on Sunday night, ready to be at work on Monday morning.

You don’t even have to use any holiday days and you still get to travel. The key thing to use the weekend break method to travel with a 9-5 job is to book flights as early as possible in order to get a cheap weekend flight.

Remember you don’t have to travel far to see something beautiful. I can imagine you haven’t been to every place in your own country too. So staycations are a great option, visiting a new place in your home country is a good way to travel more.

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3. Unpaid/ Sabbatical Leave

For this way of travelling with a 9-5 job, it will depend on the company your work for and your work contract. But some companies will have an allowance for unpaid or sabbatical leave, meaning you are able to take a few months off work where you could go travelling. Once the time is over simply go back to your job and continue with your 9-5.

It’s a great option for those who love their job but also want to travel for a while. Meaning you don’t have to quit your job and you can still take the time off you need. Obviously, this kind of leave is unpaid so make sure you are saving over the months to cover yourself while you travel.

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4. Working Holidays

If you can’t face the idea of not having a job but you’re sick of only having annual leave why not do a working visa in a different country. Working visas for Australia and New Zealand are super popular in the UK. Many do fun jobs like bar or hostel work and many even get similar jobs as they had back at home.

There are also sites such as Worldpackers that offer payment of living costs for someone who wants to work in a hostel. Meaning your main expenses are covered by your work in the hostel and typically it wouldn’t be full-time work, so you have time to explore too.

Also volunteering sites such as Workaway where you get free accommodation and food for your time working. There are many interesting projects such as community housing, animal welfare and teaching. You can immerse yourself in the culture, explore the surroundings and spend very little money.

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5. Remote Work

My favourite option by far for how to travel with a 9-5 job is remote work. If you want to combine having a job while you travel this is one of the best ways to do that. There’s a lot of people who have found remote jobs, including me, I fully work full-time remotely. Check out my remote work tips to learn more about remote working.

People who work online are able to take a trip when they want as they are not bound to an office or certain location. Meaning you have total location independence and freedom. If you want to see more of Mexico on your weekends you can just go and live there.

You need to focus on your core skills and passions, finding something you enjoy and could do behind a screen. That could be web development, graphic designer, virtual assistant, accountant, customer service or blogger.

You can also try to convert your existing job into a remote one. With all that has happened with covid, so many people had to work from home. Thus proving that remote work can be done, so why can’t it be done from a different location too?

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Want to Travel with a 9-5 Job?

There are so many options but you just need to have the self-belief and vision that you can travel with a 9-5 job.

If you feel you want to travel more and learn more about the best way to travel with a job using the remote work route. Check out the tips and advice from my blog post on How to Become a Digital Nomad.

If you need some more support with becoming a Digital Nomad just reach out to me on Instagram @headforhorizons or email me and I will be happy to help!

About Hayley Crone

Hayley is a Digital Nomad who has spent the past few years turning her love for travel into a full time income & lifestyle. Head for Horizons is designed to give you the BEST tips to help you travel better and work online. CLICK HERE to read more about me and how I could help you!