Spending a lot of time in the office daydreaming of my next adventure, where I am going to travel and the best way to plan it.
There are some people out there who are lucky enough to be able to travel as part of their job or work for themselves and will travel whenever they can. Then there are those who are in the position to go travelling for a few months or a year. These are people who are very lucky to have the ability to do this, most of us don’t.
Most of us, like myself, work full time and only really have the option of travelling on our holiday time. However, this is not a bad thing. Actually, I find it to be a very good thing! Why? You may ask, well you can spread your travel out and always have that next adventure awaiting you.
The key thing is to use your annual leave carefully and make the most of the time you have off. On average you can get between 20 and 25 days annual leave a year. It might not sound much but if used wisely you can get loads of travel out of these days.
Weekends (or your weekly days off) are your best friends for adventures. There are a whole 48 hours there ready for you to explore with. I find weekends a good time to find out whats in your local area, many people think that you can only travel and explore anywhere but home, that is not the case there are loads of wonderful places to visit in your local areas. Here in Devon, I have Dartmoor, many beaches, castles/stately homes, little harbour towns and many more places to go and visit on my weekends off. If I fancy a trip a bit further away I am not far from Cornwall and Dorset. There are many campsites that will allow you to book for just 1 or 2 nights especially if it is in term time or low season.
Another tip regarding weekends is to tie your annual leave in with the weekend. Next year Joe and I have many trips lined up all around the south-west coastline. To extend out trips without using up all out annual leave we will be taking a Friday off work. This allows the trip to be extended to 3 days for only 1 day of leave. If we are planning on going further afield then a Friday and a Monday are a good set of days to have off, you’ve already doubled the length of your trip and only taken 2 days off!
Make The Most of Bank Holidays
This ties in nicely with using weekends for your trips. In the UK there are 8 bank holidays where in most industries are shut for the day, this gives you a 3 day weekend. Perfect for those short breaks and trips you have been planning. Again you can tie in your leave and have the Friday or Tuesday off too and have a 4-day adventure for only 1 day of leave.
Be aware that bank holidays are some of the busiest weekends of the year. So if you’re someone who enjoys a quiet adventure or not many children on your trips, I would expect bank holiday trips to be the opposite! However, if you are willing to battle the crowds or know the secret spots away from everyone else then bank holidays are a great way to go away on a trip without using much extra annual leave.
This is my number one tip for planning any trip, especially when using leave too. I plan far ahead and think about when the best time to go on that adventure is. Yes, I love a spontaneous adventure, you’ll know that from my other blog posts such as 48 Hours Exploring the Jurassic Coast. However, if I am using my leave I like to plan and make sure I make the most of those days off! Take some time to research the area you are going to and make a list of places you really want to go. This way you can see how long you need to be in that one place so you can book the right amount of time off.
Also by planning ahead you also ensure that you get that time out of the office and away from work. Giving as much notice as possible for your leave gives work enough time to prepare for your time away and for yourself to sort anything out ready for when you’re off exploring.
So there are a few ways to use your annual leave to help you travel. Do you have any other ideas on how you use your annual leave to go travel?
If so share your tips in the comments below and maybe it will help someone else plan their next adventure!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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