How I travel the world without quitting my job
Before the summer begun in June, I had already traveled to 12 countries in two different continents while still working at a full time job. And I don’t have the kind of job you can do from anywhere – I work in a regular shop. Mondays to Fridays 10-6.
So how do I manage to do all this exploring around the world at the same time I work full time?
Sometimes I wonder that myself, but I’ve realized that if you want something bad enough, you make it happen. But most importantly, I am currently in a very good situation at a job with a lot of freedom.
As a full time worker in Sweden, we get 25 paid vacation days a year. I used up exactly all of those on my trip to New Zealand – including my one week in southern Australia. But fortunately, I had saved a lot of vacation days from last year when I only did long weekend trips and didn’t use them all.
Mostly, I do weekend trips around Europe, since it is so small and so cheap. If there’s a holiday, I make sure to plan it together with a weekend to get the most days without having to take time off work. Like around Easter, when I am free from work Friday-Monday. That’s 4 days off in a row. So usually when I go on a trip, I don’t need to take more than one or two or maybe three days off.
I travel alone
Not having to wait for someone to be able to go with me the days that are most efficient and convenient for me – I always find time to go.
The freedom at work
Now I understand that this is an unusual situation, and that not many people have the same freedom as me, to choose when to take the vacation days. I can literally choose freely when and how to pick my vacation days. As long as I check in with the boss that he’s not away – I’m good to go!
Living in Sweden, the paychecks are quite good compared to most countries. This means I can afford to travel this often, despite having an apartment etc. that costs a lot every month.
You can read more about How I can afford to travel.
As I said, I am in a unique situation and very lucky. But if you really want to travel the world, try to make it happen! Even if you cannot travel to other countries – travel around your own city or country. Explore more!