This is the one question that I get the most from almost everyone who doesn’t know me well enough? Almost every single time I am away, I have someone on Facebook asking how I travel so much with a full time job especially a job in an investment bank. I have learnt over the years how to manage your life and work and create a balance that nourishes you. I won’t give a lecture on how to find the work life balance because everyone’s job is different but some of the stuff below will make it much easier.
Plan at the start of Year
I always open a Calendar when I am back to work after New Years and mark the days which I absolutely need off like Family holidays or weddings and then plan the rest of my holidays in advance. It helps me in buying tickets and sorting accommodations in advance as well.
I love city trips and they are the best use of a weekend. I leave Thursday night and come back on Sunday and with just one day off I now have seen a new city, how easy is that?
Use Bank Holidays
Using Bank Holidays is another way to create trips but I normally use them for slightly longer trips to avoid coming back or going out on the weekend or Bank holiday because flights can kill your budget if you return on the Bank Holiday. You can also swap your bank holiday with another day to create a better holiday which will be cheaper and definitely less crowded.
I love City trips and combining Bank Holidays, Weekends and shorter trips, you can really manage your whole year. I travelled to 10 countries last year with without going overdue on my holidays…
If you are passionate about travelling you need to prioritize it over other stuff. Yes someone is getting married in a far off part of the world which would require you to take 2 weeks off work or you have to take time off because of a graduation and before you know all your holiday is gone without you actually getting any time to travel yourself. Learn to say no to events where your attendance is ABSOLUTELY must.
I always invite my friends to go travelling with me and socialise with them when I am in the city.
Develop good relationships at Work
Building a good relationship with your team and manager is crucial for those days you might need to take off. This will help you swap days and manage work while you’re away so at the end of the year it doesn’t look like You’ve been absent every other month.