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I am a big advocate of the fact that it is possible to travel and go on a lot of trips when you have a Full Time job using your annual leave! It’s good to quit your job to travel the world at least once in your life (and more than once if that’s what you want to do, I’ve done it quite a few times!) but unfortunately it’s not realistic to always do this and you may not even want to!
2017 for me, pretty much proved my own point! The year started off slow but by the end of the year I had been on 13 trips in total whilst working a full time job all year using 25 days Annual Leave plus bank holidays, and that doesn’t even include the many day trips I did to places in the UK too!
Check out my 2017 Round-up post if you want to see more!
My situation was definitely helped by the fact that I live in London meaning I have access to 5 airports so I have many flight options, and the fact that my blog has really taken off in the last year meaning quite a few of the trips I did were press trips which helped me financially.
However with that being said, if you’ve ever spoken to an Aussie, Kiwi, or Canadian etc expat living in London you’ll know that they love to make use of how close Europe is and they go away all the time whilst working a full time job so you don’t have to have a travel blog to travel a lot!
If you are a blogger you may enjoy this post-
First off, here are my top tips for making the most of your annual leave:
- Use your bank holiday weekends to go away, yes it might be a bit more expensive and busier but it really enhances your opportunities for time off!
- Look out for times when the bank holidays fall close together (specifically Easter and the 1st May bank holiday in the UK). Often you can get 2-3 weeks off with 2-3 of those days being bank holidays meaning less days taken from your AL allocation.
- Make the most of your weekends! As you’ll see below I’ve done a lot of trips this year over a weekend with no AL taken!
- Keep your trips short and sweet so you don’t use a lot of AL in one go – 2x 1 week trips and multiple weekend & long weekend trips are the way to go!
- Visit places with a shorter travel time meaning you extend the time in your destination and it means you can go after work to save a day off travelling there. You’ll notice below that I only went to European destinations in 2017, plus Egypt.
- I’m also a big advocate of resting and enjoying down time but unless you reallyy need to don’t use your AL for a day at home or for an appointment. Work this around your day at work.
- Unless you’re going away over Christmas, don’t take annual leave apart from the Bank Holiday days!
- Above all – travel is costly, time consuming and often tiring. It’s totally worth it but you need to make travel your priority in order to travel a lot!
My Trips in 2017!
Here are the trips I did in 2017 along with how long I went for and what Annual Leave I took to hopefully help you plan your trips this year, and to show you that you can travel with a full time job!
(P.S each pink link below will take you onto my blog posts from that trip in case you want to visit too!)
Dublin – January – 3 Day trip
1 Day AL
Egypt – April – 9 Day Trip
5 Days AL & 1 Bank Holiday Day
Georgia – May – 7 Day Trip
5 Days AL
Zaragoza, Spain – June – 4 Day Trip
2 Days AL
Wales – July – 5 Day Trip
3 Days AL
Ireland – August – 3 Day Trip
No AL, 1 Bank Holiday Day
Berlin – September – 3 Day Trip
1 Day AL
Jersey – September – Friday Evening – Sunday
Belgrade, Serbia – November – 2 Day Trip
1 Day AL
The Netherlands – November – 4 Day Trip
2 Days AL
Riga, Latvia – December – 3 Day Trip
1 Day AL
Cotswolds – December – Friday Evening – Sunday
Basel, Switzerland – December – 3 Day Trip
2 Days AL
Plus – 1x Day to attend a Travel Conference & 1x Rest Day (which was well needed!)
= 25 Annual Leave Days!
Well, there you have it! Here’s to another awesome year of travel!
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