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1. Posted by ashschu (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

I'm just wondering what jobs and careers everyone works in that accommodate their travel plans.

Or, if that's a bit too personal and you'd rather not answer that......how does everyone manage the time off out of everyday life to do any extended travelling. Especially to those that do it on a fairly often basis (as in, not booking a large chunk off time off for a once in a lifetime thing.......but taking off for at least a few weeks throughout the year)

I am planning on quitting my job when it ends mid June, but only because I was ready for a change and am thinking about moving abroad. That is how I am managing to travel this summer. However, I am wondering how easy it is going to be for me to continue my exploring once I have to get back to the real world, lol. How do you all manage it?

2. Posted by ashschu (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Coming back and re reading that I realise I didn't really make my question completely clear. What I meant to ask was does everyone take time off from work to travel, or do you only leave during your allotted vacation time? Do you have a job that allows you to take as much time off as you'd like when you want it?

3. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I reckon everybody makes his/her plan within the holiday.

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 9y

I was heavily involved in an international federation last year, and was doing my pharmacist licence training as well. (Extremely tough time!) I declared my intention to get involved with the federation during my interview for a training position and explained that I would need time off for meetings and travels. Very luckily my employer appreciated what I was doing and I was given priority to take all the time off I wanted, of course whatever was beyond the allowed vacation time in my contract was on a no-pay basis. Having said this I was of course rejected, once even in my face at the interview, at other places where I applied for. I ended up taking about 2 months off for work-travel in 10.5 months.

I'm now in a flexi-work position where even though I work full-time, I'm earning an hourly rate and have no restriction on the number of vacation days I want, and I don't have to fight with others for vacation either. I just get paid for the hours I work for, which suits me fine cos I'm not hung up about the so-called benefits that come with a permanent position (medical benefits etc) cos I appreciate my freedom more. :)

5. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

I did my first RTW after uni. I worked as a temp secretary for 8 months to save up and then went travelling for 4.5 months. I'm now having the same problem tho, I'm working in a temp job because i can't decide what I want to do - really I'd like to travel and work at the same time and really see the world, but my boyfriend has a contract for 2 years and so we're having to stay put. Our plan is to take as many weeks holiday together as possible, but even at its very most it would only be 3-4 weeks so travelling is going to have to become short and very packed to see as much as we like to fit in!

I've heard other people just quit their jobs and go, but that's not easy if you're not single.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 9y

I'm my own boss (freelance), so can always take off whenever I want (although most of my projects are long-term, which means I'll still need to plan quite a bit in advance). So far I seem to be settling on three months abroad out of every year, although I usually keep on doing some minor maintenance work on my laptop while away (can't just leave existing clients without any help for months at a time).

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

I'm a self employed musician/stilt-walker/carer/takeanythingthatsofferedperson so basically i can travel whenever i want really, as long as i have the money. I also go to amsterdam a few times a year while being a carer (i work for my mate and he loves amsterdam!!!) I am aalso lucky that I live right near Liverpool airport wher Ryanair and Easyjet fly from, so my european jaunts are very cheap and very easy!!!!

8. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

I am a freelancer as well. i mostly work out of other offices. This way I don't need to worry about maintaining clients. since my time is my own, if i give my client at least a couple weeks notice, i can usually adjust my schedule, or I can plan it around any big projects that come along. my husband is self-employed as well. we can basically take the time off when we want to, but usually in the winters when work tends to be slower for us. we have also started to invest in real estate abroad so that we can expense some of our travels.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I work for the local government as a traffic planner and parking policy maker.
Working for the government means you actually work (or kinda;)) 40 hours a week and get paid for 36 hours. That means every week I have 4 extra hours of holiday which I can just save. That means about 25 days on top of the regular 22 days. And on top of that I sometimes work late and have meetings with civilians during evenings. Total amount of holiday will be around 11 weeks a year. And the money is good as well, enough to travel and have a decent life at home as well.
And things like more more more money and career etc., really that does not satisfy me in life. So perfect for me right know!

10. Posted by lukep (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

I am a student.