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I am not a full time traveler (how you can travel more with a full time job)

Jeremy Branham kilt Scottish Highland games full time traveler

Putting on a kilt and hanging out with these guys

I recently got back from a travel conference in Toronto called TBEX.  It’s a great place for like minded travel writers, bloggers, and photographers to connect and discuss ways to become better at what we do.

I’ve made a number of friends all over the world at this conference.  After writing for a number of years, I get the same question from a number of different people – “Are you traveling full time now?”

The answer is always the same – No.  And I have no plans on changing that.

There are a number of reasons why I don’t travel more.  For me, it’s a lifestyle decision.  While full time travelers like Kate McCulley, Michael Hodson, Matt Kepnes, Dave and Deb of the Planet D and many others have been visiting places all over the world, most people who love travel can’t relate to that lifestyle.

I don’t travel full time.  Yet I want show people who are like me how they can travel more.

I’m a traveler just like you

As a traveler blogger, I am a fan of exploring places close to home, getting the most out of your travel time and budget, and seeing the world with a travel mindset.

As a 9 to 5 traveler, I probably travel more than the average 40 hour a week person.  However, I also live a life many people can relate to – full time job, house, car, family, daily routines and stresses.  Travel isn’t my life but it is a part of it.

However, travel is only a part of my journey.  My life is full of daily stresses that aren’t related to travel.  My life isn’t always pretty, fun, or comfortable.

I’ve had my share of travel confessions.  I’ve even had moments so low on the road that I wanted to quit traveling.

I would argue that traveling and working full time can be even more difficult than just traveling.  Yet this is the life I’ve chosen.

Here are a few reasons why I am not a full time traveler.  Many of you can relate to these and may be surprised by some of these facts about my travel lifestyle.

4 reasons why I’m not a full time traveler

Jeremy Branham Arizona Diamondbacks not full time traveler

Using my vacation time to travel

I believe that my experiences and how I travel can inspire you to travel more – even those who think they are just too busy.

I like where I live

I really enjoy living in California.  This has been my home for the last 12 years.  I like having a house.  I love sleeping in my own bed.  Quite honestly, I love exploring California.

I live a 100 miles or less from San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Napa.  I love spontaneous trips close to home and my annual traditions like visiting Apple Hill.  I do lots of hiking in northern California and consider my backyard a playground to whet my travel appetite.

I strongly believe travel is a mindset.  Nearly half my travels are spent within driving distance of my home.

Even if you don’t get lots of time to travel, open your mind to places close to home and just go!

Traveling close to home allows you to see places you know so well in a different way.  And it makes a day trip or weekend getaway an exciting thing!

I have a full time job

I work 40 hours a week.  My degree is in accounting.  I work in IT with computers and systems.  According to stereotypes, I’m a nerd with awkward social skills and a pocket protector who gets excited about numbers and software updates.

OK a couple of those are true (I’m not going to confess which ones).  However, I am also a travel writer and blogger who has visited 18 countries and 36 states.  I’ve written for Expedia, rubbed shoulders with athletes, been featured in newspapers for my travel and sports endeavors, and I’m very passionate about my travel style and interests.

My travels don’t make me special.  I am just like you.

Years ago, I had a passion and pursued it.  In 2011, I had an idea for a College Football Travel Tour.  So I just did it.  A year later, I’m wrote a 4 month college football series for Expedia and traveled to 8 college football games in the US and Ireland.

How do I travel so much?  I save my time off to go to places I enjoy.  I take weekend trips leaving on a Thursday and coming back on Sunday.  I have to work around other people’s schedules.  I’ll take a day trip on the weekend.  I make sacrifices by leaving early, coming back late, and making the most of the time I have.

I love discovering places close to home which don’t cost much in time or money.

And here’s a secret I think many people can relate to – there are many, many times I am frustrated by my job and don’t always like it.  You can still embrace a travel lifestyle working 40 hours a week.

If you have a passion for travel, just do it – however and whenever you can.

I pay for my travels

Jeremy Branham Stanley CupBecause I have a full time job, I pay for 75% of all my travels.  There are times I get invited on trips.  However, most of my trips are out of my pocket and I turn down more opportunities to travel than I accept.

While many people would love to travel for free, I think there is a positive side to paying for your own travels.

For one, your experiences are authentic and you get to do the things you want to do.  You aren’t dependent on others to tell you where to go or when.  And you understand the value of travel and what it costs when you pay for it yourself.

This doesn’t mean free trips aren’t great.  Quite honestly, my travel style dictates that the trips I take are a bit unique.  Not many people visit Dublin Ireland to see a college football game or go to wine country for adventure sports.

However, I value the opportunities I have.  Travel costs time and money.  Those travel opportunities mean I want to make the most out of the travel experiences I have.

And that accounting degree I have?  It can be fun to see how I can travel passionately, spend wisely, and experience more.

I have kids

This is not something I talk about very much.  I have two little boys at home.  Traveling as a writer can be tough.  Travel is fun but being away from home isn’t always easy.

These days, I travel solo due to the nature of my travel and the research that I do.  Most of my trips are a lot of work and not family vacations.

When I am at home, I may be the most boring travel writer in the world. Every day life is full of ordinary things like dinner, dishes, activities, and school.  Life at home isn’t always easy but a full time life on the road would be one of the worst things I could do.

I am sure many of you can relate to traveling with a family.  It can be expensive and difficult.  However, those special moments with kids at a park, on vacation, or trips close to home are great for bonding.

When it comes to family trips, remember that it’s more about bonding experiences and memories than it is the places you go.

You don’t need to be a full time traveler

Jeremy Branham Horsetail Falls not full time traveler

Exploring places I love close to home

If you’re like me, you have many reasons why you can’t travel full time.  Even with a job, home, family, or other obligations, you can still travel.

Travel is a mindset and you don’t have to travel far to create memorable travel experiences.  Your best travel experiences probably won’t involve a specific destination, site, or museum.

Find creative ways to stir your travel passion.

I still find ways to enjoy travel photography.  I go to college football games in cities and towns.  I go hiking and enjoy discovering places close to home.  I enjoy telling travel stories and getting off the beaten path that inspire others.

Travel isn’t my life.  It’s only a part of it.  And even though I’m not a full time traveler, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

What ways do you find time to travel with a job or busy life?  Can you relate to many of the reasons as to why I am not a full time traveler?  Would you ever want to travel full time?

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  1. Josh says:

    Interesting post, I def understand where your coming from and I like the idea of just traveling around close to home which is what I try to do as well. This wets the travel appetite but still allows you to have a full time job and a family.

    • Thanks for the comment Josh. For years, I’ve stayed home during the summer. That’s when most other people are traveling. So I enjoy time at home and exploring California. There are so many amazing things to see here. However, I feel that is true no matter where people live. I think the places close to where we live are often ignored by many people. Just a day trip or weekend getaway can give us a new perspective and appreciation for travel right where we live. I hope more people are inspired to take advantage of the opportunities to travel close to home.

      • Josh says:

        ya a day trip can be just as good and can help you to realize there are actually cool things around your house! Check out my blog if you need California suggestions.

        • I’ve lived here in California for 12 years now and there is still so much for me to see. We live in a beautiful state. I’ve traveled from San Diego to the northern California coast and everywhere in between. However, there is never enough time to enjoy everything this state has to offer. What are your favorite places to visit in California?

  2. Great post, Jeremy. I, too, am not a full-time traveler, although I think I’d like to try that lifestyle out for a bit someday. :)

    • Thanks Michael. I’ve thought about the full time thing. It’s not that I haven’t considered it. I just know myself too well. I have to admit the IT/accountant side of me comes out – I like routine, like having a home, and have no desire to be nomadic. I think it would drive me nuts. With that said, I would love to travel part time and get paid full time. However, I don’t think that’s going to be a reality soon – especially since my travels won’t cover my current paychecks :)

      I do get torn at times. It’s difficult – I feel like I live two different lives. I know you’ve started the travel booking site. Any chance that will give you the freedom to give it a go full time?

  3. Great article Jeremy. We’re currently working a five month contract for the summer so that we can travel somewhere warmer for seven months in the winter.

    And of course it’s more difficult to be “free” when you have children and a family. I think many current travel bloggers in their 20’s and perhaps 30’s will learn that as time goes on.

    In fact, we’re going to be interviewing a travel blogging family like that in the near future.

    • I think your travels are ideal to an extent – work part time, travel as much as you want. I would want to travel part time and get paid full time :)

      My situation does make it unique. I’ve talked to close friends Cam (travelingcanucks) and Craig and Caz (ytravelblog) and they have both admitted their travel style has completely changed since having kids. Gone are the days of being nomadic. It’s not for them any more. They are in different places as a couple but both have places they call home.

      I agree with you – as these travelers get older I think things will change. However, I’m not one to embrace the family travel thing. My perspective on that is different than others.

  4. nicole says:

    Ah yes, we’re the same way. We’d love to travel more, but we haz jobs… =/

    In a way, it’s a good thing. We end up really appreciating our time off and making sure it doesn’t go to waste.

    • I agree. Sometimes it’s frustrating not being able to travel more. However, it does make me appreciate the time I do have. I don’t take traveling for granted. However, I also don’t also approach travel the same way as most people. Travel can be a one day adventure close to home or a dream trip halfway around the world.

      For those of us who work, we can enjoy our lives at home and those opportunities we have to travel.

  5. I’ve wanted to write a post like this for so long so I’m happy to see that you finally did! There is nothing wrong with travel blogging with a full time job and home base.

    Im based in Brooklyn and my daily life here is not only awesome, but inspires me when I’m on the road.

    great job!

    • I’ve had this on my radar for a while. I just had to get around to writing it. I think there is a need for people who work and travel. Full time travelers or round the world travelers are outstanding sources of travel information. Their stories are inspiring for all of us who love to travel. We can live vicariously through them. However, they are the minority and not the majority. Maybe those of us who work and travel can become even greater sources of travel inspiration because we can show those who work and have busy lives that they can still travel.

      For me, I want to inspire people to not only travel but change how they look at travel. Travel starts with a first step and a mindset. However, you don’t have to go far to enjoy great travel experiences.

      I’m glad you enjoy your daily life in Brooklyn. Most days, I am quite boring in my daily life. However, living here in California I am spoiled with so many places to see close to home! Do you do a lot of sight seeing and traveling in New York when you’re not traveling elsewhere?

  6. Katie says:

    Great post – and interesting revelations (you have kids?!) I’ve always been lucky in having 4 weeks of vacation a year and planned my trips around holidays to make even more out of it (i.e, traveling over Thanksgiving or Christmas when we automatically get a couple days off so I don’t have to use up vacation).

    While my year-long trip was an incredible experience, I can’t see myself traveling full-time and I like having a home base again. I am feeling a bit restless now since I am saving all my time off for a big trip in the fall, but I am at least squeezing in some weekend trips by flying out Friday night and back late Sunday night or early Monday morning like I did for TBEX.

    • Haha, yes I am waiting on those comments. I know I will get a few of them because that is not a part of my life that I talk about. I am an open book when it comes to travel and some personal stuff. However, there are parts of my life that are private as well. So yes, I have two little boys. So when you think about that, travel, full time job, etc my life can be a bit nuts. Yet I still enjoy what I do (and sacrifice a lot of sleep in the process).

      I get about 6 weeks of travel time a year (some of that for holidays). However, our time can carry over to the next year. Last year, I didn’t go anywhere for nearly a year due to the College Football Travel Tour with Expedia. So I’ve saved up a lot of time to travel. And even when I don’t have as many days as I would like, I do weekend or day trips to places close to home.

      Like you, I am saving for a big trip for Fall (and hopefully a few football games as well) so planning my trips and working can be tough (as you know). You’ve experienced both sides – traveling for a year and working. What are some of your pros and cons of traveling with and without a job?

      • Katie says:

        Totally understand about having a private life that you keep separate from the blog.

        I think long-term travel is for some people and not for others. I wanted to believe it was for me and ultimately, it really wasn’t. I know you read at least some of my posts along the way, so you saw, there was a lot I struggled with. I did enjoy being able to take my time and stay longer in places, really getting a good feel for some cities. And the amount of ground I covered would have otherwise taken me a decade or more using solely vacation time. At the same time, I occasionally got burnt out. There were times when I was thinking “I can’t see another mosque/church/castle” and times when I realized I was getting complacent and taking things for granted.

        I missed having a routine and the normal social interaction back home. I didn’t meet many people along the way who I really clicked with and it was hard to keep in close touch with friends back home, so that was tough. And since I’ve been back, it’s been equally as hard to re-establish connections with people.

        When I do hit the road again now for shorter trips, I think I’ll appreciate everything a lot more because my time will be limited.

        • It was 2004 and I was spending a month in Europe. In my last week, I got really depressed and down in Paris. Part of it was just where I was in my life. Another part was just ready to go home. I’ve known for years that I could never spend my life on the road, even though I love traveling. Those who know me also know this as well. It’s just not a lifestyle for me.

          I really do like my life in California and my home. Ideally, I would love to travel part time and get paid full time (as much as I do now with my current job). However, not sure that is realistic. Doing what I do is tough but I know I am not meant for a full time travel lifestyle.

          I also know what it feels like to get burned out. You can actually see it in some of my posts. Either I will take some time off or I will write a post that talks about travel fatigue, burnout, quitting, or something like that. I wrote two posts recently related to that – 7 things I learned from the day I almost quit traveling and my mid life travel crisis post. With all that I have going on, I do get tired of traveling sometimes.

          Like you, I really do love routine. That may seem strange to others when we love travel. However, meeting people on the road can be tough. By nature, I am quiet and an introvert (see my high school reunion post). I don’t like big crowds and get overwhelmed if I spend too much time with people. I force myself to do it in short spurts when I travel. However, if I had to do that full time, I would be lonely, depressed, and burned out.

          I remember reading some of your struggles while traveling around the former Soviet Union. Hostel issues, getting lost, being frustrated – it takes its toll. And you were doing much of that in the winter. I’m glad you fulfilled your dream of doing that. However, that trip stretched you and taught you a lot about yourself. My travels have done the same. However, I knew I didn’t need to take a long trip to learn that I wasn’t cut out for a life of travel. Even the best travelers get burned out and need to rest and stay still for a while.

          For the rest of us, it’s a balance of life, work, and travel. I think it does give us a greater appreciation for traveling since we don’t have the freedom. However, I also think it makes us better travelers because we have learned how to seize those moments and create travel experiences close to home or in just a few days that change the way we think about and experience travel.

  7. Patti says:

    Great post – this is my first time to your site, found you on Google+ Anyway…. we do not travel full time either, we are full time innkeepers – we own a B&B in southern Oregon and we enjoy exploring southern Oregon. Our lifestyle does afford us opportunities to take long breaks during the winter months. I think in my perfect world I would not travel full-time, but I would “love” the freedom to pack up and go whenever we want! ;o)

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment Patti. I love it when people find time to explore where they live. I’ve only been to Oregon once but heard the coastal area is beautiful. I love your take on travel and completely agree – I don’t want to travel full time but would love the freedom to go whenever I want. I hope that those of us working and who love to travel can help inspire others to travel whenever and however they can – even if it’s close to home.

  8. I’m in the same boat. In fact, I’ve been formulating a similar post over the past week (but instead I have the joy of cleaning out malware code – yay!). Happiness is what matters most. If traveling full time gets you to that place, great! But I need more than an open road. I need comfort and family, and that’s hard to find without a fixed address.

    • Ugh, sorry about the malware. What a pain! In thinking about travel, I think it comes down to what makes us happy. With different priorities in life, the amount of travel we need in our lives will vary. If people feel travel is lacking in their lives with all this other stuff, I wanted to show them they can still have it. They may need to redefine how they think about travel but if it’s something that is important, take whatever opportunities you have and find a way to fit it into your life.

      I think all of us have learned how to do that. From our early years to now, our lives have changed and so how has the amount of travel in our lives. However, the more we do it the greater appreciation we can have for the opportunities.

      Even with your travels as a family, I am sure it feels good to come home.

  9. Lucy says:

    This rings a lot of bells with me. I’m freelance so my working life is a bit more flexible but I still like to have a home base to come back to. I can’t say there wasn’t part of me that thought of how much travelling I could do with that money when I put down a deposit on my house, but I don’t regret it. I’ve done long-term travel in the past, but my travel style has change as I got older – I travel slower, like to rent an apartment rather than stay in a party hostel, like having a bit more money to spend, etc. If you have that passion for travel it can be hard to combine with a family, friends and personal life – there are sacrifices on all sides but it’s so worth it for those amazing travel moments.

    • Thanks for your comments Lucy. I can relate to your travel style. As I’ve gotten older, I prefer the same things. I value travel experiences more than just going to a place and checking items off a bucket list. I feel that if I don’t have a story to tell or didn’t make a connection in each place then I failed. I learned years ago that I couldn’t do this full time. It’s just not the life for me. I would love the freedom to do it when I want. However, I also enjoy my life here.

      The thing with having a life that is somewhat settled is that you appreciate your travel experiences differently. Do we enjoy our travel experiences more than those who do it all the time? I can’t say. However, we do value the experiences we have and I hope our passion to travel means we get as much out of every trip that we can.

  10. Jenna says:

    I can completely relate; in fact, I have a post on a similar topic in my drafts folder. Getting to know the area where you live may sound cliche, but it is SO true. Plus, it’s cheaper and easier and better for the environment. Last week I went to Lodi (just 35 mins. from home!) and discovered so much cool and fun stuff that I had driven past many times but never realized was there.
    And when life gets real, e.g. health problems, family issues, etc., having a home base is essential, in my opinion.
    I also agree about paying for your own trips–the best way to get an authentic experience.

    • This is one I had jotted down on a list of posts I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Even when I wrote this one, it wasn’t planned for right now. However, I sat down last weekend and reflected on my time in Toronto. Now was the time to write this.

      I probably sleep less than anyone I know. My life is different, complicated, and sometimes stressful and difficult. However, more than the travel aspect, I hope people see that whatever passions they may have, you can pursue it. It takes sacrifice, effort, and hard work. But people can really do the things they love if they try. Maybe they can’t do as much as they like (you and I both would like to travel more). However, we learn as we go. The lesson may be that travel isn’t what we thought it was. That’s one thing I’ve learned. I’ve opened my eyes to new places and experiences that aren’t so far away but are just as memorable.

      I can’t say I appreciate or value my trips more because I pay for them. However, that does make the experience memorable. I want to get the most out of them that I can. So I need to meet a person or find a story to tell. I’ve learned that travel isn’t so much about the destination but the experiences, memories, and journey. I hope that other people can relate to our passion and see travel in a different way realizing they can do more than what they think they can.

  11. Steve says:

    Interesting post Jeremy. I too try to combine travel with work. I am fortunate that I work for a coach travel company. With that comes some perks. I celebrated my birthday yesterday. Turning 48 means that full time travel is unlikely but that makes the trips I make more special. I suspect if I travelled full time I would not enjoy it as much.

    • Happy birthday Steve! Even though I am a few years younger, I know how you feel. I knew years ago that I never wanted to travel full time. However, I still enjoy it. It’s great that you have opportunities to travel with your job. I think not traveling full time helps me appreciate my experiences even more. I hope you continue to travel. For me, it’s been about a journey of self discovery as it has been destinations. Seeing the world, I’ve learned to discover a lot more about me as well as changing the way I view the people and places around me.

      I think every trip leads me to analyze life a little more. Traveling just isn’t for my wanderlust, it’s for my soul as well.

  12. That is awesome that you like your job, family, and traveling too. I admire the fact that you can so adeptly juggle both worlds and enjoy them both at the same time.

    • Well I didn’t say I like them all. However, it all works together that I find some level of fulfillment in each of them. Quite honestly, the juggling act can be quite chaotic. I do feel like I live two separate lives at times. My life isn’t an easy one to balance. Yet it somehow works.

      I just hope people realize that travel is closer than they think. If I can do it, others can as well. Just find that slice of travel (or whatever passion you have) and embrace it.

  13. I love this Jeremy and speaks so close to my heart. This was exactly the focus of our rebranding this year. We thought about how we really want every person who reads our blog to travel more. It doesn’t have to be long-term, just in a way that suits each person. Even a weekend a way is enough, or a day exploring something new in your own backyard.

    I completely agree when you say travel is a mindset. That is the best way to define it.

    • Over the last year, I’ve done a lot of re-branding – trying to figure it out who I am as a traveler and how I want to travel. For me, travel is about an experience. It’s not as important where I go (although I still love getting on a plane and visiting as many countries as I can). I’ve learned that in my backyard, a few miles down the road, or just traveling around the US, I can have awesome travel experiences.

      For me, it’s about the people, the stories, and the experiences. If I travel somewhere and don’t have a story to tell then my trip wasn’t the success it should have been. Whether it’s a weekend, day trip, or a life long dream vacation, travel begins with one step and a desire to travel. Anywhere can be an adventure if travel is a mindset.

      For me, I focus now on hiking, destinations, off the beaten path places, telling stories, sports and travel, and photography. With every story or photo, I want to inspire people to travel or pursue whatever passion they have. I know you feel the same way. I like the direction your blog is heading and always enjoy reading your stories. Like you, I love sharing a personal side of myself that people can relate to and be inspired to travel.

  14. eemusings says:

    We’re currently travelling full time, but unlike a lot of RTW travellers, I am keen to return home at the end of it and settle down. Not everyone wants to be a location independent nomad :)

    • I think traveling for a season can be an awesome experience for a lot of people. However, we are all different. Age, life, responsibilities change us. For me, I’ve always known I could never travel full time.

      Once you settle down, where would you want to live?

      • eemusings says:

        Well, after having seen so many cities, I think it’s become clear that there is no perfect city (in regard to weather, cost of living, work opportunity landscapes, friends and family etc). Our hometown of Auckland has its downsides but overall it is where we call home.

  15. This is important. Anyone can travel if they make it a priority, and it doesn’t have to mean quitting your job and burning all your stuff. 😀

    • I do believe anyone can travel. However, people may need to re-define what travel is. You don’t have to go far to have an adventure. You don’t need to fly, go halfway around the world, or spend a lot of money. The key is figuring out what makes a great travel experience and finding places that fit your style and create those memories.

      I do admit that sometimes I want to burn my job and quit my stuff though :)

  16. Andrea says:

    Great post, Jeremy! We have been part-time travellers for the last year and, as we want to start a family as well, I expect us living like you do for the foreseeable future (until we strike it rich, of course, haha). I think most people are in this situation so it is certainly not a disadvantage. I enjoy the places I visit so much more when I am not on the road 365 days a year. Having done that once for a year, as amazing as the experience was, I don’t think I’d want to be on the road like that full-time again. I am getting too old!

    • I think if people have the chance to travel for a year or so, they should do it. I’ve never done it for an extended period. Longest I’ve done is a month. However, that month was what showed me I don’t want to do this full time. It just wasn’t for me. I like the way you and John travel. You settle down in a place for a while, work, and then move somewhere else. I think that is a great way to travel. I do think traveling changes when you have kids thought. Look at Cam and Nicole of Traveling Canucks and Craig and Caz of yTravelBlog. They both travel with their families. However, it’s more trips and not full time travel. It definitely changes your perspective.

      I think as we get older, things change. Our life and perspectives change. It doesn’t mean we like to travel any less. We just travel differently. I will be interested to see how you settle into your travel lifestyle once you start a family.

  17. Danny Delnison says:

    Interesting post! So i think that’s not easy for everyone. However, that’s well if can do it.

  18. Travel means different things to so many people and I love it when travellers embrace their own idea of adventure and not let anyone else determine how they experience the world. Great piece and who knew you were a family man?! Hearts are breaking all over the world I’m sure 😉

    For now we are living the location independent lifestyle, although we use house sitting assignments and explore at rather a sedate pace. While I am enjoying the freedom it offers I’m sure there will come a time when I opt to balance travel with other aspects of my life.

    • I love the idea of location independent travel. I don’t want to travel full time. However, I want the freedom to be able to travel whenever I want. I love the idea of house sitting or slow travel. I think as we get older and life changes so does our perspective. Now obviously that doesn’t happen for everyone. You have families and older couples who travel full time.

      My real message is to those who live “ordinary” lives. Most people don’t travel full time, can’t, and/or don’t want to. However, I do want to encourage people and show them how they can travel more. Whether you are seasoned travelers or those who only take vacations once a year, travel can look like many different things. As you pointed out, it’s not the same for everyone. And I just want people to see that you don’t have to define travel the way we may see it from those who travel a lot or all the time.

      It’s the perspective of other travelers, like yourself, who bring their different perspectives and ways that they travel that helps encourage people to travel in a way that fits their lifestyle. Just don’t think you can’t just because you can’t do it the same way as others.

  19. Freya says:

    Story of my life :) I’m a home based travel blogger as well and I do not want to be a full time traveler for all the same reasons as you already mentioned.
    I’m lucky enough that I get quite a lot of vacation days and I work as well around the holidays to get more out of them, I do lots of city trips or nearby locations over long weekends as well and I also get to travel quite a lot for my job (although that is completely different from vacation)

    • You and I are a lot alike. I do get a lot of time off. I also saved my vacation time for a year and built it up. I take advantage of the weekend with a day off here and there and extending trips as long as I can. This weekend, I woke up at 3:45 am, drove to Lake Tahoe, was there at sunrise, hiked for the day, and was home by 5:15 pm. I was tired but I had an awesome day in nature and it was just a day trip!

      I don’t travel as much for work these days. I don’t enjoy it that much. I want the freedom to go out and do stuff. But work gets in the way too much for that (not that I still don’t explore a little) :)

      Keep traveling! I am glad that there are others who take advantage of the time they have, work full time, and realize that traveling doesn’t have to stop. You just have to be a bit more creative to do it!

  20. This is probably one of the best posts I’ve read lately! So true and important for travel bloggers particularly. I try to relate to my readers with what we’re saving for, how we’re doing it, where we are going or hope to go, etc. I love to travel but I also believe in working for it. Thanks for the great read!

    • Thanks Kiera. I appreciate that. My motivation for writing that was based on my own experiences and feeling like too many people who like to travel can’t relate to all the experiences other travelers are having. I am not one of the full timers. And I think most of our culture is like that. However, it doesn’t mean people can’t travel or have great experiences. We may not be able to travel as much or to as many far away places but I do think people need to redefine what travel is or what makes for a great travel experience. Hopefully this will inspire people to do more, save money, and take advantage of every opportunity they have to travel (whatever that looks like for them).

  21. Monica says:

    I can totally relate to this post too. I love reading about all the travel bloggers who are travelling full-time and have ditched the 9-5 lifestyle for constant travel but this isn’t for me either. I did it for a few years but now I love having a house, routines and friends. You meet amazing people while you travel but friends come and go so quickly so I really missed mine. I can’t even image travelling with a young family too, that must be so difficult!
    I also feel like I make the most out of my shorter holidays and have better experiences. I spent 9 months travelling through SE Asia and for 3 of those months I was so incredibly busy that I barely remember it and then the next 6 months I didn’t appreciate it enough. It’s amazing how quickly you can become used to ‘another perfect beach and secluded cove’.

    • Monica, you could have written this post! I think you relate very well to all of my points. You have seen it from both sides and know the pros and cons better than me. I do like having a routine and a house.

      I love your perspective on traveling short term vs long term. Seems like shorter trips allows you to enjoy your experiences more and take some time to reflect once they are done. Traveling full time or for a long period can be fun but people may not be able to fully process all they are experiencing if they are constantly on the go. That’s another great perspective and benefit to short term travels.

      I know people love all the places full time travelers go. However, most of us aren’t them and I don’t think many people would enjoy that lifestyle as much as they think. Maybe that’s just my own bias. I think it’s just as important to show people that they can still travel with the lives they have now. Hopefully, perspectives like ours can encourage people they can do it too.

  22. Ariel says:

    Love this! It’s so important, as you say, to travel for reasons that you’re passionate about, and even better if you can create memorable experiences with like-minded adventurous folks! Also, it’s a shame so many people look past the adventure opportunities in their local environment – I’m from Arizona, and having travelled quite extensively, several of my favourite places are still those closest to home (another reason I love the concept of a microadventure!)! Keep travelling!

    • Honestly, I’ve been forced to explore more of where I live because I can’t travel all the time. Also, I hate traveling in the summer when everyone else is traveling so I use that time to explore California. I do live in a beautiful state with so many fun places to see. I have annual trips I take and spend as much time as I can in Lake Tahoe (where I was last weekend).

      I do think too many of us (including myself – it took me 12 years to get to Yosemite) neglect places close to home or take them for granted thinking we will do them one day. That’s why I believe travel starts in the mind. I even spent two days visiting my own town and took over 200 photos of where I live. Completely changed my perspective of where I live. I wish more people would do the same. It can be a fun way to travel.

  23. We are happy that you have found balance between work and fun. Full time travelling is not for everyone.

    • No, it’s not. I love that other people enjoy a full time travel lifestyle. However, I hope my style of travel is OK as well and will inspire others who are like me to redefine what is travel and encourage them to explore – no matter how close to home or far away they go.

  24. What a true post- something I can agree with 100%. Although it seems like fun to be a RTW traveler traveling full time, it just isnt something I can do right now, or something I would want to do. Thanks for sharing this- has really opened up my eyes that others are in the same boat. I read so many blogs of those traveling full time, and it makes me feel down.

    • Thanks Jessica. I am glad you can relate. I bet there are many who can relate and I hope others are encouraged by this as well. My life can be quite chaotic. Sometimes it’s very stressful. However, I want to show people they can travel. That might mean redefining what travel is and what it looks like.

      For those of us who love to travel and write about it, it can be discouraging to read about all the lives of the full time travelers. However, our stories can inspire as well. However, it also helps to know there are many, many more people out there just like us.

  25. I really enjoyed this post. You make a lot of excellent points here. I’d love to try traveling full time for a few months but it’s just not possible. Like you said- responsibilities kind of get in the way! Mortgage, car payments, family etc…

    I am just glad that since my son has been born (he is 17 months old now) our travels haven’t really slowed down a whole lot. He comes on all of our trips and we try to do some things he might enjoy too. He;s flown for 7 different trips so far with our next one coming next week- Japan!

    • Thanks Michael. I’ve been where you are. I know what it’s like to have little ones running around. You miss the things you used to be able to do. Sometimes responsibilities will overwhelm you (car, house, job, family). However, you will also begin to see travel and places through a different set of eyes and you will fall in love with it in a new way. Keep traveling and remember that it’s the experiences, memories, and bonding moments that are far more important than where you go.

      Looks like you go to lots of different places. Hope you continue to enjoy a travel lifestyle as much as you can!

  26. Joy says:

    I am lucky because I work in NYC everyday I try to get out for a half hour a day and explore NYC. I am a big architecture/restoration fan and I enjoy the beauty of lobbies in NYC. Take a break and look at my website. I feature a lobby every month with some pictures and history of the building. It is my little vacation.

    • NYC – what a great city to travel when you’re not traveling! I feel the same way about California. Love what you do with the lobby. Probably something locals pass by every day and don’t notice you do. And it opens your eyes to a completely different perspective on the city. I like that you have found your own little slice of travel right where you live Joy.

      What would be your advice to others who want to see where they live a little differently?

  27. There have been so many posts lately on full time Vs casual travel. I don’t think it matters how one travels, as long as they are doing what they love. There is no right or wrong way to travel; there is no ‘better’ way to travel. It comes down to the individual and how they WANT to travel. Some people prefer to stay close to home, others prefer to explore the globe indefinitely… One should travel in the way in which one feels comfortable with and enjoy the world however they want.

    • Nicole, honestly this wasn’t a post to stir up any debate at all about full time vs casual traveler. Not something I even care to talk about. I am very glad there are those out there who do love to travel full time.

      However, my goal was simply to share my story and inspire people who can relate to my lifestyle to travel as well. Maybe travel doesn’t look the same as it does to a full time traveler. Travel takes all different forms and styles. Just get out there and do it even if it means redefining what travel looks like for you.

      My desire really is to inspire the 90% of people who have jobs, families, and normal lives to still enjoy their passion – whether it’s travel or something else. I’ll leave the debates up to others because that was never my intention with this post. Didn’t even enter my mind.

  28. Barbara says:

    Love this post, it’s very close to the way we travel. We live in the beautiful state of Florida, so many things do and see and of course the Caribbean is our next door neighbor! I wouldn’t trade a thing about our travel, work, family schedule and I feel privileged to be able to travel to so many destinations and describe our experiences to our readers. Keep up the good work!

    • I know how you feel. California isn’t a bad place to live either. There’s so much to see and do here that traveling close to home is a lot of fun. While many people have busy lives, they can enjoy a park, picnic, family outing, a trip to the zoo, or many other places that don’t require a lot of time or money. I truly believe that memories and experiences are far more important than places – especially when it comes to building relationships with the people in your life that matter.

  29. Isabel says:

    Very nice post. I live in an area that for 6 weeks a year is flooded with tourists from all over the world, but for the other weeks it is free to play in. I can go surfing, spear fishing, gallop along a beach and have a beach bbq with mates all in the same day as a 9 – 5 shift….it just may not be as sunny as California……

    • That sounds like an awesome place! For 6 weeks, I could deal with some tourists to enjoy things like that. Glad you have embraced the beauty of travel so close to home. No, it’s not California but I wouldn’t mind spending some time there from your description of where you live.

  30. Sometimes traveling just for the sake of it can be a very rewarding experience. There is so much that you learn while traveling. Good article

    • Traveling doesn’t have to be about the destination itself. It’s the experience, memories, and moments that are created that remind us what’s important about life – regardless of whether we travel close to home or go far away.

  31. Emma Finlay says:

    I relate a lot to your post.I make an effort to travel as often as I can, even if it is close to where I live. And I agree with Jeremy Branham, traveling is more about the experience and memories than the destination itself :)

    • Emma Finlay says:

      You are Jeremy Branham….oops. 😉 I was just referencing from the comment above me.

    • Thanks for your comment Emma. And yes I am Jeremy :)

      I used to think about travel in terms of the next destination. And without a doubt the next destination matters. However, it may not matter as much as people think it does. Travel experiences and memories are more important than the destination. We may not believe that when we are younger but we realize it as we get older. At least that’s how it is for me.

  32. Hello Jeremy
    i totally agreed with you that traveling is about experiences, memory and moment and i also enjoyed traveling. i am from Philippines and i have a website which provides traveling information in Philippines, if you make plan to come down Philippines then you can gather information on wide rage of topics in Philippines from my website http://www.pinoytoptips.com

  33. Tim Hill says:

    Enjoyed the post and also love to travel. Having one child who is now 22 I am ready to travel more. There is so many opportunities and writing about it is a good way to fund ones passion.

    Are there many folks on the blog here that are full time travel bloggers?

    There are some perks to owning a business and travel is one of them if one is doing research. I have also found a very cool travel club that helps me focus on and plan some trips that are 4 star experiences at 2 star prices. Everyone loves it.

    I believe that live becomes simpler when passionate about something, don’t you?

    Where is your next trip too? I saw the post above from a man in Philippines – that is a place where I have a lot of long distance acquaintances who i care for dearly. Would love to spend several months there some day.



  34. Veronica says:

    I like your point of view. Being a full-time traveler is more than hobby, it’s life. And it’s difficult to travel thinking about work, family, house, etc.

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