It can be hard to travel when you work full-time. Especially if you’re American.
After all, the United States is the world’s only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Thanks, (rampant, unchecked) capitalism.
However it is still possible to travel with limited paid time off. During my first year of working full-time, I only took off 15 days. In that time, I squeezed in trips to Jordan, Nicaragua, Las Vegas, and several trips around Colorado.
Here are some of my tried-and-true tips for traveling as often as possible while working full-time.
1. Extend a long weekend.
President’s Day weekend in Mexico City
If you have Monday off for a national holiday, extend your long weekend by taking off Friday or Tuesday (or both!). That way you will have a three- or four-day vacation, which is plenty of time for a trip – even an international trip.