How to Travel the World While Working Full-Time

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Every time I pull up my friend Stacie’s Instagram, she’s in a different part of the world-it’s safe to say she travels more than anyone else I know. In the past year, she flew from Los Angeles to India, New York ( more than a few times, including upstate, twice), Paris and Provence ( more than once), Savannah and all over the South, Barcelona and Sevilla, Portugal, and Colombia-and that doesn’t include her weekend trips on this coast. Multiple international trips a year (she usually averages four!) is impressive for anyone, but especially so, considering she and her husband both work full time. I recently sat down with her to get all her tips on finding time to travel-and having a memorable trip once you’re there. Here are the top ten tips she shared with me:

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Pick one holiday a year where you get multiple days off outside of personal vacation days-like Christmas or Thanksgiving-and maximize them with an international trip. “We definitely have a little bit of FOMO,” Stacie said, “but we’ll Facetime with my mom and dad when they’re at Christmas parties. It’s a sacrifice [in that respect], and not something we’ll do forever or when we have children, so we’re making the most of it now.”

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There are so many places in the world that picking a destination can feel overwhelming-but that doesn’t mean you can’t return somewhere you love. ” There are those cities that feel like a second home, so we try to plan those trips when the airfare is low,” Stacie said. Unlike a first visit, there isn’t the pressure to go for a long extended trip and do everything -it’s more about strolling and taking in the culture. Stacie will often dedicate one international trip a year to somewhere she’s already been, be it Paris or Tokyo-two of her all-time favorites. There are so many places in the world that picking a destination can feel overwhelming-but that doesn’t mean you can’t return somewhere you love. ” There are those cities that feel like a second home, so we try to plan those trips when the airfare is low,” Stacie said. Unlike a first visit, there isn’t the pressure to go for a long extended trip and do everything -it’s more about strolling and taking in the culture. Stacie will often dedicate one international trip a year to somewhere she’s already been, be it Paris or Tokyo-two of her all-time favorites.

“We generally try to schedule a minimum of ten days for a given vacation,” Stacie said. While this of course isn’t possible for everyone’s work schedule, there are still ways to maximize vacation time, however many days that means for you. Stacie suggests splurging on direct flights-that way you aren’t wasting an extra half a day getting to your destination and can really make the most of your time. While it may not be the most cost-effective option, the experience of the saved hours ultimately outweighs the cost. If that isn’t an option for you, Stacie and her husband also try to schedule their flights back home to arrive on weekday mornings. “We dive right back into work so it’s a sacrifice in terms of mental wherewithal, but it’s worth it,” she said.

 

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