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Thursday, 9 November 2017

How I managed to visit 14 countries this year (for 19 trips) whilst holding down a 9-5 job


It all started with this article...a man who managed 14 trips in the year whilst holding down a 9-5 job. I go away about once a month and I just thought to myself, I reckon I can beat that. This year I actively tried to see how far I could push it and really went all out to get as many trips fitted in as I could. It was expensive but not ridiculous - I still managed to get my savings and pay for my bills etc. I just want to show that it is possible to work full-time and still see the world. Okay - it is pretty hectic fitting it all in but not impossible and if I can do it then so can you; I hope this is helpful to some of you and if any of you are wondering how I afford to travel there's a link at the bottom of the post to a post I wrote specifically on how I afford to travel (p.s. big spoiler...it's working and not spending money on things I don't need haha). I think a gap year would be amazing but at the moment I really want to build a career so I'm trying to fit in as many trips as possible as my compromise.

I have a 9-5 and limited annual leave so I worked a lot of extra hours to get some time in-lieu and all in all this is what I managed:


From enjoying the beret-good view in Paris


...to experiencing Mardi Gras...


...to wandering through an empty Times Square at silly o'clock in the morning after walking about with terrible jet-lag...


...admiring Prague's famous clock....


...to being astounded by the amazing buildings in St. Petersburg...


...and the natural beauty of Sweden...


 ...and another of the Swedish scenes...


...enjoying OTT ice-cream almost too pretty to eat in Nice...


...and decided that like most things, Nice is better with wine haha...

...being bewildered at the weirdness of the Cheese-rolling festival in the UK...


...to enjoying one of my favourite views in Edinburgh....


...to an unexpected trip on the canal-boat...


...to checking out 'that' wall in Barcelona...


...before taking the most horrendously posed photograph (being a travel blogger can sometimes be a v.embarrassing haha)...


...to crossing off terrifying things off the bucketlist with wingwalking...


...to keeping my feet firmly on the ground in Bosnia...


...getting noodle arms from sea-kayaking in Montenegro....


...and now loving the scenes of Switzerland...


This is what I've managed in a 1 year period. I will go on more trips this year but I mean from Sept-Sept:

Bulgaria (not yet blogged but I will!)
Prague,
New York,New Orleans,Washington,
Paris,
Russia,
Nice,
Monaco,
Sweden,
Barcelona,
Montenegro,
Bosnia & Herzegovnia,
Croatia,
Scotland,
Switzerland,
UK trips (Liverpool, Canal Boating, Cheese rolling, Hot air ballooning and the Peak district)

So how did I make it work? I worked extra time so I wouldn't have take off afternoons and morning and tended to fly either late at night or at red-eye times to maximise time for trips. I used bank holidays for trips every time I could; Travelling on bank holidays is more expensive unfortunately but it's the price of getting that extra time away so I see it as a necessary evil.

Not going to lie, it's been quite difficult at times to balance everything and a cancelled flight really messed up my plans by taking an extra day out of my limited annual leave and having a knock on effect on the other trips I had planned...but overall it's been worth it since travel is my favourite thing. If you're curious about how I afford to travel then take a look here.

Anyway I hope this gives you some ideas, and thanks for reading,

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I guess it's all about making sacrifices but when you really want something it's not that hard :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment!

      Yeah I think if you have a goal it really helps you to focus on it and travel is definitely a priority for me xx

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  2. Wow this is so amazing! And OMG you went wingwalking?!? That is so brave! Your photographs are beautiful as always and your trips looks incredible x

    Lon x

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    1. Thank you! Haha it was great but scary (in a fun way...if that makes sense haha)

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  3. Girl, this is inspiring! I honestly thought it is impossible to travel while working a 9 to 5 job, but you just showed me that it is possible! Loved this article!

    http://www.lifeofardor.com

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    1. Awh thanks for such a nice comment, you've made my day :)

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