Saving up for, planning, and actually going on a trip is an extremely gratifying process, don't get me wrong. But! mixing work and pleasure... e.g. taking advantage of work-related travel, where expenses are usually covered, can be equally as gratifying. With the dawn of technology, the world is becoming increasingly smaller and brands are, subsequently, becoming more global-minded. So if travel is your jam, you should consider working for a company or pursuing a position where travel is a big part of the gig.
Here are some ideas:
- Work for an international company. OK, that's a no-brainer and sometimes easier said than done. But when you're aggressively applying for jobs this is definitely something to keep in mind. If travel is important to you–and quitting your job is not an option–make sure you do your research before applying. Does the company have locations abroad that will allow for international opportunities? If not, is there a traditional office space or are you able to work remotely?
- Find a role that requires a lot of travel. Almost any sales function, regardless of the industry, requires lots of traveling, and usually pays pretty well. Yes, sales can be a little bit soul-sucking, but it may be a profession worth exploring for other perks and quality of life factors. You wouldn't always be going to the coolest destinations, but you're sure to get out of town often and see some interesting new places.
- Get in on your friends' business trips. Yes, ride on the coattails of your profesh friends. Chances are, their companies' are putting them up in nice hotels with extra beds for their business trips. Offer to keep that spare queen warm while they're out rubbing elbows.
Sometimes though, it's not so easy to get your "bleisure" on (yes, a horrific sounding but actual term). If you've maxed out your vacation days and are still feeling like you need some time off, here are some other options...
- Speak up! Depending on your company's vacation policy, you may have to be really conservative about taking time off. But, if you've paid your dues and are feeling extra burned out, speak up and ask for a short hiatus. It's often more economical for a company to keep its hardworking, loyal employees happy, even if it means letting them go on an extended break (2-3 weeks).
- Find a job that has flexible time off. It's true, certain companies have unlimited vacation policies...soooo get. on. that.
How are ya'll finding time to work and play? If you've got a sweet recommendation, hit up the comments section!