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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 together 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'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... experiencing Mardi Gras... 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.... 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 with most things, Nice is better with wine haha...

...being bewildered at the weirdness of the Cheese-rolling festival in the UK... enjoying one of my favourite views in Edinburgh.... an unexpected trip on the canal-boat... checking out 'that' wall in Barcelona...

...before taking the most horrendously posed photograph (being a travel blogger can sometimes be a v.embarrassing haha)... crossing off terrifying things off the bucketlist with wingwalking... 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!)
New York,New Orleans,Washington,
Bosnia & Herzegovnia,
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,



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

    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

  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

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


  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!

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



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