Ya girl is a fresh grad school grad and already employed, and it’s been quite interesting trying to adjust to the full-time schedule and trying to travel the world.
So I moved back to LA because that’s where the opportunity was and I started to wonder to myself whether this new decision would affect my travel. I work 50+ hour weeks in the film industry now! I started to think about how lucky I was as a student to have a schedule where I had 4 day weekends, EVERY weekend.
These thoughts were truly depressing, and I started to think that this full-time job would force me to give up traveling. I finally started to see the concerns of others who have told me it’s impossible to travel. Then for a month, right after starting my new job, I kept itching for travel and couldn’t seem to make anything worth the trouble for weekend trips. How devastating it was to start a travel blog and then not be able to travel.
After a month, now here I am and I think I’ve finally cracked the code on how I can make both of these things work. #WeekendWandering is about to be in full effect until this position ends in January. There are definitely still restrictions, I can’t hop on the next flight to Africa, but if you compromise a little bit and know how to plan correctly it can be done.
- Plan trips around 3 day weekends or holidays
This is the best way to maximize your time away. That extra day really does make a difference and makes your trip much more worth while. Plus when you add in travel time, you will need that extra day.
- Don’t travel more than a 3-4 hour flight away, especially if you are crossing time zones
Unfortunately for me, being on the West Coast is great, but also terrible when it comes to traveling. You can lose a whole day if you’re traveling east solely due to the fact that they are 3 hours ahead! Clearly if you have a week off this doesn’t apply, but for the quick weekend trips this is important. That was a hard pill to swallow, but I also had to realize that I haven’t explored much of the North Western regions of the U.S. I’ve never been to Mexico, and although I’ve been to Canada, I haven’t been to Vancouver. So that is already 3+ trips I can take.
- Planning is so key 🔑
As it is with any kind of budget travel, to get the best deals and again make that weekend away as worthwhile as possible, you MUST organize yourself and plan. You can wander all you want once you get there if you’d like, but all the other logistics must fall into place.
Pack light so you have maximum movability and then you don’t have to worry about budget airlines too much since all you’ll have is a bag you can fit under the seat. If it’s a popular holiday, be sure to book far enough in advance so you’re not paying through the roof for a flight. Hop on Airbnb early so you can find the good and cheap options in the area you’re going to. Try to choose places you absolutely want to see and start planning out your schedule of when you will go there.
It’s totally possible y’all. I realized I applied this same logic when I took a day trip up to Seattle. I planned to leave early that morning, rented a car when I got there. I drove to 2 sight seeing areas and then met up with a friend locally that took me to see even more stuff. We had dinner at Pike Place Market and then I was off to my Airbnb (that was $25 btw) to check in. I took a Lyft to the theater to go see Lupe Fiasco (free cuz I got the hook up like that) and then ended up walking to eat and back to my Airbnb that night. Woke up, went back to the airport and was back in LA…all that in less than 48 hours.
My new job is great, but it won’t stop me from traveling because it’s just in my blood to see the world now! I can’t help myself and without it I might fall into depression. So as they say, find a way or make one. Finessing Travel is what I call it, and if I can do it, you all can too!