Thanks to the wonders of modern air transportation, there has never been an easier time to explore the world. However, if you have a full-time job, you might find it difficult to schedule enough time off for travel. Some employees feel so swamped with office commitments that they don’t even bother using all of their vacation days.
Five Travel Hacks For Full-Time Employees
Although it’s challenging to fit travel into a demanding schedule, it’s never impossible. Below, I’ll share a few tips every employee could use to get the most out of their vacation time.
Plan A Holiday During The Holidays
A common way people extend their vacation time is by planning a trip during public holidays. For instance, many tourists like to book flights in the festive Christmas and New Year’s season. You could easily use one or two of your vacation days to lengthen your “holiday season holiday.”
The only con with this suggestion is that it’s not a secret. Many people plan vacations around public holidays to take advantage of this benefit. So, be prepared for bigger crowds and higher price tags if you use this tip. Not only that, but it’s best to plan your big season holiday travels early in the year as many employees will be taking off around the same time. Don’t wait until the last minute and have to stay at work because the rest of the office put their time in early.
Zap Those Monday Blues: Book A Long Weekend
If you’d rather avoid the holiday rush, then consider using your vacation days to lengthen a weekend getaway. Many full-time employees book off Mondays so they have the entire weekend to fully experience their travel destination.
To extend your vacation time even further, take advantage of the “casual Friday vibe” and see if you could sneak out early. If jetlag doesn’t bother you, then you could book a late-night flight and sleep on your ride.
Join The Growing “Remote Work” Trend
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, telework has become the new normal in countless industries. Believe it or not, some studies suggest over half of the workforce could telecommute “indefinitely.” Chances are you already have some experience with the “work from home” lifestyle.
Given this situation, there’s never been a better time for many employees to transition into full-time remote work. Employers are already seeing the benefits of the “stay at home” model, which means it’s more likely they will allow you to work remotely.
If you could manage to make your laptop your office, then you’ll have a far easier time setting your travel schedule.
Give Your Employee Benefits Package A Read Through
Did you know many companies offer free travel perks for their employees? The only way to find out what your company offers is to look through your official Welcome Packet. Typically, you’ll find a section on “Employee Benefits” that should list any travel-related programs.
In some cases, you could earn extra vacation time if you meet your company’s “healthy living standards” (e.g., you get a regular physical). There are also plenty of companies that pay for travel expenses if you volunteer with approved organizations.
If you’re struggling to finance a vacation, it’s well worth your time to re-read your Welcome Packet.
Stay Close To Home On Weekend Trips
“Staycations” are a great way to make the most of limited vacation time. Since you “stay” close to home on these vacations, you don’t have to worry about long-haul flights or cross-country road trips.
Take a few moments to check all of the cities, national parks, and attractions within a 2 – 4-hour radius of your hometown. Even if you live in the middle of nowhere, I’m pretty sure you’ll find a few exciting locations a short flight away.
Plan A Vacation Like Your Life Depends On It – Because It Does!
Balancing work and travel isn’t always easy, but it’s essential for your mental and physical well-being. Many studies suggest employees who take regular vacations feel less stress, sleep better, and have a lower risk of a heart attack. Plus, research shows workers who take vacations are far more productive than those who don’t. For your sanity, please take full advantage of your vacation time!
No more excuses my friend! Look at the calendar, check how many vacation days you have, and book it! It’s important to live a life that you enjoy. The monotony of work can definitely drain you. I don’t know about you, but I always use all of my vacation days. It’s my time that I have earned and I take full advantage of it and you should too!
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