Which Type of Travel is Best for Your Lifestyle?
Many people choose not to travel due to their perception of what travel is and what time frames are required. The definition of travel has many variations, but most in common is moving from one place to another. It is not limited to any length of time or distance.
We want to go over the many different types of travel to show you that you can incorporate travel into any type of lifestyle!
The only thing stopping you is YOU!
5 Time Frames of Travel
• Day Trip
• Weekend Trip
• Week Long Trip
• Extended Trip (Month +)
• Permanent Travel
1. Day Trip
For those who want to travel, but don’t have the time or money, should be looking to up their day trip game. There is a lot to see in a single day.
Do the research, plan ahead, and see how much you can accomplish in a day of travel locally!
We all have some form of a routine based on our schedule and interests. Planning a day to step out of this routine opens up a whole new world of experiences that have been otherwise dormant.
We travel to seek new experiences and culture. Potentially both of these can be accomplished in your backyard!
Think of where you live and how many places you pass by on the daily, but have never truly experienced. You often see that restaurant, park, local group meet up, hike, bar, club and more, but never have you partaken.
For example, just spending a few minutes on Google Maps, we discovered we live near the Mojave National Preserve! This made for a perfect day trip during our weekend. We accomplished so much in one day it felt like a whole vacation.
If the tables were turned and you were a traveler visiting your hometown from abroad, could you say that you’ve experienced everything your hometown has to offer? If you said yes to the above question, then we can migrate to the next form of local to semi local travel: weekend trips.
2. Weekend Trip
Time to kick it up a notch! If you still don’t have the money or ability to take off a week or more but have weekends available, then you can track some serious miles with the use of a car or plane.
With a good attitude and proper preparation you can have your car or suitcase ready to go Thursday night and immediately leave for your destination Friday after work. This gives you Friday night, all day Saturday, and at least half of Sunday for fun having!
This is definitely a shotgun approach as you may be packing a lot into a weekend, but again a weekend is a chunk of change to explore any area.
Shelby and I have driven 2-4 hours in every direction outside of Los Angeles. We’ve explored everything from beaches, to mountains, and the desert over the course of a weekend.
We’re definitely privileged to have so much variety, but again, there’s surely something new brewing out and around your hometown!
Take Your Weekend Trip Further
What if you can’t afford to take a week off, but you can request 1 to 2 days off? You can strategically place these 1-2 days off at the start and end of the weekend.
Typically, ask for Friday and Monday off. This gives you Thursday night through Monday night to travel! If possible, you can even take off a day before that random work holiday coming up!
We have done so before Memorial Day, President’s day, etc to now turn that 3 day weekend into a 4 day vacation!
You can spend more time at a location not too far from home or you can use the 2 extra days to go the distance, if you’re driving.
In the end, yes it’s completely attainable to travel with a full time job! Even if it’s only restricted to just the weekends.
3. Week Long Trip
If you’re like us and have a desk job in the United States, you’re more the likely only allowed up to a week of vacation at a time in a year. This could be paid or unpaid. If it’s unpaid you’ll want to know these helpful tips to save money and increase your travel budget.
Company policies will surely vary, but rarely do people we know in the states take more than 5 days off from work consecutively.
Very sad, we know.
Should you decide to use those 5 days, you now have some lengthier vacation time. Slap in the weekend before and after and you now have 9 days to travel!
Really stretch it and ask your boss to have a half day or to leave early the Friday before your vacation starts.
Again, here you have the freedom to either fly somewhere further or take a longer road trip. Nine days is a lot of time to explore one area or just enough time to scratch the surface of several areas should you be road tripping.
4. Extended Travel (Month +)
Now this is territory that doesn’t fit the typical mold (at least here in the United States).
To have a month or more to travel here in the states generally means you fall into one of the following categories:
- In between jobs with money saved up
- Receiving help from someone
- Self employed (freelancer or own your own business)
- Work for a company remotely and online
- Work seasonally for different companies and use money and time in between to travel
Surely there are more situations that can be added to this list, but the one commonality here is that you’re not tied to a physical space.
One of the best time’s to do extended travel is in between schooling or jobs.
We know friends who took time to travel after high school, before college, and after college before getting a “real” job. If you plan to leave your job and can afford extended travel, this may be a time for you to do so.
In the U.S., traveling after college and in between jobs is somewhat frowned upon by employers, but this paints a bigger picture. These are employers I don’t want to work for.
We value free time, time to experience, time to grow, and time to heal. An employer who can’t get behind similar values is destined to be a difficult relationship.
5. Permanent Travel
Wow. This last one sounds intense! Makes my skin crawl reading it (in a good way). I’ll say it again, permanent travel.
We live in a time where this phrase has met fruition for more people than we’ve ever seen before. Technology and people have provided the tools that enable us to become indefinite nomads.
But can you travel for too long? Travel Blogger, Nomadic Matt, has an interesting take on the matter.
There are several ways to travel the world continuously. Travel blogs appear to be the most popular, but there are a variety of ways. You can be self employed (freelancer), work remotely online, work abroad (changing jobs as you go to new locations) and more!
If you love travel, you CAN do it! The only thing that limits your travel is your limited idea of travel.
Take a day trip or a weekend trip. If your soul is yearning for more take the steps to travel extensively or indefinitely!
We only have one life that we’re conscious of. We’d rather spend it doing what makes our hearts feel full.
Now that you know you can integrate travel within your lifestyle, read up on the other important questions you should be asking yourself to start traveling now.
Which time frame for travel best suits your current lifestyle? We’d love to know in the comments below!
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