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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 newspaper 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. It was hectic but not impossible. 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 hard 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. I do travel a lot for work and get a bit of that time back in lieu so I used that to help. 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 looking at the amazing buildings in St. Petersburg...

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

...and enjoying a little time in Nice with a bit of wine...

...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...

...to sightseeing in Bosnia...

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

...and 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. I was knackered when I got back because I would land and immediately have to work so I'm not sure I could do it again but it was fun to have a go.

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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