How To Travel When You Have A Full Time Job

Banff

I'm new to the full time working world and have to admit it was extremely overwhelming, anxiety inducing and an honest struggle when I found out that I was only going to have 10 vacation days for the entire year. Don't get me wrong my new job is great and I was so happy to be given an opportunity to work with a great company in the industry that I love. But I was shocked that 10 days seemed like enough for whoever decided that would be the standard.

In recent chats with some travel friends from around the world I found that the norm in European countries is 30-40 vacation days and in places like South America and Australia it's normal to have anywhere between 20-30. So, it's fair to say that I'm kind of getting the short end of the stick here...but I'm going to move forward, work hard in my new job and enjoy my holidays at any chance I can get. 

Here a few ways I've thought of travelling this year to extend my 10 days as best I can! 

~Happily exploring the streets of Vancouver earlier this Summer, before my full-time job.~

~Happily exploring the streets of Vancouver earlier this Summer, before my full-time job.~

LONG WEEKENDS 

Long weekends are a great way to travel to a new place. If the Monday is the holiday you can take the Friday off too and make your 2 day weekend a 4 day weekend or even 5 if you leave for your travels on the Thursday night or return on the Monday morning before work. In my case, living in Canada, I can easily travel to most provinces/states in under 5 hours by plane and usually chose to stay at an affordable Airbnb for the weekend while exploring. You can also find great last minute getaway packages for flight/hotel. 

~Happy after a delicious brunch in Ottawa earlier this Summer, during a long weekend.~

~Happy after a delicious brunch in Ottawa earlier this Summer, during a long weekend.~

WINTER HOLIDAYS 

Most companies give extended holiday time in the winter for celebrations. In the past I've stayed with family to celebrate Christmas and have never taken advantage of ringing in the new year in a different city. This year I'm planning a trip to a warm destination to get away, even for 4-5 days of the winter holidays. 

~Drone shot over Prince Edward County in Ontario. Can't wait to get some beautiful shots of the ocean during my winter holiday!~

~Drone shot over Prince Edward County in Ontario. Can't wait to get some beautiful shots of the ocean during my winter holiday!~

EVERY WEEKEND 

I can honestly relate to the song "Everybody's working for the weekend" now because I know how enjoyable it can be to spend an entire weekend relaxing and lounging around. I've recently made a new effort to plan quick getaways even if just for the Saturday to make the most of the weekend and explore new places. No matter where you live I'm sure if you look hard enough there a lot of cute day adventures waiting for you. 

~Happy in Banff during a stunning hike - a perfect Saturday afternoon activity on your weekend getaway (even if the views don't look like this)~

~Happy in Banff during a stunning hike - a perfect Saturday afternoon activity on your weekend getaway (even if the views don't look like this)~

WEEKDAY GETAWAYS 

This one is kind of fun...the idea is that you either take a personal day or one vacation day and explore a new spot for the day or right after you finish work you pack up and drive somewhere new for the night. This would be great for a little stay-cation. Somewhere close enough that you can drive back to your office the next morning but enjoy a quick getaway. I've been thinking of planning a spa night/wine tasting night as my weekday getaway. 

~Wine Tasting and Pizza in Prince Edward County at Norman Hardie Vineyards~

~Wine Tasting and Pizza in Prince Edward County at Norman Hardie Vineyards~

Let me know if you have any fun travel suggestions/tips on how to make it seem like you have more vacation days than you actually do! 

- Courtney