In my opinion, there are far too many articles out there encouraging people to quit their jobs and set off on an endless round-the-world adventure. While that may be an enticing goal for some people, I know that this is not a realistic option for most. For those of us with a case of wanderlust who also want to keep the stability and financial comfort of a paying job, there’s an answer:
By creatively using your vacation days and holidays, you can still travel while holding down a job. If you’re on the fence about quitting your job to travel, don’t turn in your two-weeks notice just yet! Here are some of the benefits of
You Don’t Have To End Your Relationships
I’ve also heard much debate about people feeling like they have to choose between travel and their personal relationships. When you travel short term, you don’t have to make that decision. If you’re jetting off for a two-year adventure, odds are this will put a serious strain on your relationship. But taking a one or two week trip away from your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse can actually strengthen your relationship. As they say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I love my hubby, but traveling is not only good for my own health and personal growth, but it gives us the space to miss each other.
Have a Warm, Cozy Home-Base
Now, I love travel big time. But I’m also a total home-body. I love that feeling of coming home and slipping into my bed, which has the soft sheets I like, with the pillow that’s just right for me, and the mattress comfort level that I like. There’s nothing like the familiarity and routine of home, and traveling short term means I can still enjoy that familiarity. Not to mention, I have a great place to keep all the cool souvenirs I pick up on my travels.
You Can Have Pets
Much like getting to enjoy a home and your relationships, traveling short term means you can enjoy the wonders of pets! You’ll need to make proper arrangements for their care when you are away, but it is super rewarding to come home to their loving little faces. There’s just nothing compared to that feeling of when you come home to your dog and it’s just so happy to see you that it’s little tail wags uncontrollably and it yips and barks with joy that you’re home.
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Avoid Travel Burnout
Many of the long-term traveling bloggers I follow have described this phenomenon they refer to as “travel burnout.” This is essentially when they have traveled so much they’ve exhausted themselves and the excitement of travel has faded. This is often due to repeatedly facing culture shock, and not having a daily routine. At this point, many people have to take a break to refresh themselves.
This doesn’t happen often when you travel short term. Because you get a dose of “at home time” in between your travels, each trip is a new and exciting adventure, rather than just moving on to a new place.
Keep Your Stuff
A big part of the long-term travel fantasy is that people sell all of their belongings, officially letting go of the lives they’ve built themselves. But when you travel short-term, you don’t have to go through the hassle of selling everything or having to find suitable storage. Sure, you can still part with some home items to help pad your travel fund a bit, but you don’t have to get rid of every little thing you’ve worked to buy for yourself.
Think of how proud you were to buy your first piece of real adult furniture. Do you really want to sell that bit of your history? Or what about important family heirlooms? I don’t trust storage facilities to keep my antiques safe!
Don’t Have to Say Goodbye to Things That Bring You Comfort
We all have things in our hometowns and countries that bring us comfort and give us that happy home feeling. When you travel short-term, you don’t have to say goodbye to these things. You don’t need to say you parting words to your favorite candy bars, to Taco Bell, or to flush toilets. At the end of your travels, you can still come home and have these comforts.
Long-term travelers have to convince their friends and family at home to send them comforts via mail. And then face the disappointment that the boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese they were mailed only taste like the dryer sheets that were also in the mail. Short-term travelers will never have to experience this kind of raw heartbreak.
When you don’t have to cram a backpack full of things you need on a long-term basis, you are able to pack much lighter. This can help save money by allowing you to travel carry-on only. Also, when you travel short term, you are less likely to need to pack for varying weather and climates. You won’t need all your winter gear for just a two week trip to South East Asia. But if you’re taking off long term, you have to bring everything everywhere!
Save Money On Travel Gear
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Don’t Worry About Overstaying Your Travel Visa
For many long-term travelers, knowing all the visa rules and regulations is important. Travelers can be hit with some hefty fees or be banned from re-entering a country if they overstay their
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I love that I can be home to watch my young nephew grow up and get to know him, while still getting time to travel the world,
If you’re not so keen on quitting your job, selling all your things, and embarking on a never-ending journey, then short term travel is for you! You can fit shorter trips into your schedule and keep all the things that bring you comfort. Being a short term traveler doesn’t make you any less of an adventurer, so own your job, family, and home life while also exploring the world!
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