Sure, it can be tricky to find time if you work a 9-5 job with limited vacation. But you don’t need to wait until you retire to make travel a reality! With 52 weekends a year plus PTO, that’s over 100 days - or 16 weeks free in a year! It again comes down to a matter of priorities. Everyone finds time for things that are important to them.
Trust me, taking the time off is good for your mental health and you’ll likely return to work less stressed and more productive than if you never take a break. While it may not be realistic to become a full time travel blogger, there are simple steps you can take to make the most of the free time you do have:
- Take advantage of long weekends and holidays for 3-4 day getaways.
Don’t let those vacation days go to waste! While the USA offers less PTO days than most other countries, a staggering 52% of American employees reported having unused vacation days at the end of 2017. That’s a whopping 7.2 million days across the country!.
Go somewhere closer to home. Crazily enough, I’ve been to twice as many countries as US States - meaning there’s so many cities, national parks and beaches in my home country yet to explore!
- Ask if there are opportunities to work remotely within your company. You won’t be able to completely disconnect this way, but it offers more flexibility to travel!