Shifting to a corporate job for someone who was on a road for a long time is huge change. A full time job is no cure for the travel bug, once bitten the only cure is to keep traveling. When I started with my job I made sure that I do not compromise my travel for my work. At the same time I had to make sure that I do end up compromising my work because of my travel bug.
As we grow, life changes phases. For me it has been a huge challenge and still I have explored a large part of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and a few more places in last 10 months. Traveling is an art, finding balance between your regular life and traveling is more than art. It’s a lifestyle.
Before you start reading the tips, let me make a few things clear. This post is for the people who a) have recently transitioned into corporate life b) have been a solo traveler for a while c) are open to ideas of traveling in a local transport, staying for the minimal and exploring the most. If you are none of them then please stop reading because you are not going to relate to a single point that I am going to mention below.
Still reading? Congrats and thank you for your patience.
Manage your money – Now that you have a real job, money management becomes a real thing. You are not only traveling, more than transport and hotel expenses (that mostly came for free) you have to worry about room rent, commute to office and food. Life becomes tough, when you mix it with your travel, your expenses almost skyrocket. For a traveler and especially a solo traveler it is very important to learn how to manage your money, or every month you’ll end up complaining about being broke. Slowly this will kill your interest in traveling.
Make use of your weekends – Let’s be practical, a full time job comes with a fixed set of holidays and leaves that you have to wisely make use of. You are left with weekends and that is a great opportunity. In my opinion, short unplanned trips give you more chances to explore nearby destinations compare to a long vacation with a number of places marked in your itinerary.
Choose short destinations – You’ll realize that weekend escapes are the best way to travel. I stay in Delhi which gives me a luxury to go on a weekend trip in Himachal, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for a few places. Mumbai and Bangalore present with more trekking destinations that you can enjoy unless you are stuck in traffic.
If you are open to the fact that you can travel to ‘just one’ destination, take a ride out of the city on Friday night and return to office on Monday morning then believe me you’ll be seeing more than you are expecting.
Work from home – Work from home is an amazing facility provided by offices that we usually use when we have a headache. I feel this feature is sort of waste because we don’t know how to use it. Work from home can be utilized from any place from where you are open to work. All you need is to find a café with high speed internet and start sending those mails.
A lot of ideas from this list might sound absurd, but trust me, I have explored more and more with my full time job that I feared will go away with time. A weekend I was volunteering at Magnetic Fields EDM festival, another weekend I was trekking at Prashar Lake.
Do you travel on the weekends too? Share your tips in the comments section.