As only those who have quit their job to travel can truly understand, living a nomadic lifestyle is highly addictive.

Travel gets under your skin and into your blood. It empowers and invigorates you.

When you’re on the road, there’s no boss, no deadlines, no commitments, no agenda that you have to stick to if you don’t feel like it. You can explore, take risks, make a complete fool out of yourself and not even care. You will never feel so free in your entire life.

It’s easy to understand why many people have chosen this lifestyle over a more permanent, settled existence. But…it’s not for everyone.

When I was at my corporate job I was miserable. I felt like I was drowning; like little pieces of me were slowly disappearing and I wasn’t sure that I would ever get them back. Every day that I walked into that office I felt like I had to put on a mask and hide who I really was.

Losing that job was the best thing that ever happened to me. I loved my 5 months on the road – that feeling of not having to answer to anybody but myself; like the world was my oyster and I could be at home anywhere.

Sure, it wasn’t perfect. I managed to burn myself out a few times. I went horrifyingly over-budget (with no one to blame but myself). There were moments when I would have given anything to sleep in my own bed again. But all the discomforts I went through were so worth it for the sheer exhilaration of feeling like I was really alive.

So…why did I ever come back?

I could have gotten a job teaching English in Southeast Asia. I could have continued to freelance write & web design from anywhere in the world.

I thought about it, but someone very special was waiting back home for me. You don’t hear a lot about him, because he prefers to stay ‘off the grid,’ but just this once I’m going to gush a little. He is my biggest fan, and the greatest support I’ve ever had. He encourages me in my moments of self-doubt, and some days his steadfast belief in me is the only thing that keeps me going toward my dreams. Plus, he’s pretty cute. 😉

The truth is, as much as I loved traveling, giving him up forever wasn’t a cost I was willing to pay.

Unlike me, he loves his job. He likes the company he works for and the people he works with. Because of that, and other reasons I won’t get into – he isn’t able to just walk away from everything and come gallivant around the globe with me full-time. At least not yet.

Maybe you’ve been bitten by the travel bug as well but you’re not able or willing to just pack it up at this point and become a permanent nomad. Maybe you have family commitments, financial responsibilities, or you’re still in school. Maybe you have a job you actually like.

Whatever the reason – you can still live a life of freedom, travel, and adventure while having a permanent home-base.

So how do you travel when you have a full-time job?


Tip #1: Make travel a priority.

Plenty of people say they wish they could travel, but when bonus time rolls around, that money goes toward new furniture, a new car, or that flat screen TV you’ve had your eye on. And sure, all that stuff is great, but you have to figure out what you really want.

Figure out how much you can realistically set aside each month for travel. That might mean cutting back elsewhere. You may have to make sacrifices, but one way to make them a little easier is to remember what you’re saving for. Pick somewhere specific that you’re going to go. It’s a lot more fun saving for “trekking through the rain forest in Nicaragua” than it is saving for “general travel.”


Stick pictures on your refrigerator, write down things that excite you about your upcoming trip, set aside time each week to make specific travel plans – whatever helps keep you motivated.

Put your travel plans in writing. Book your tickets as early as you can afford to. Tell your friends, put it out there. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself accountable. If you don’t, something else will come up.


Tip #2: Use your weekends wisely.

One of the things I love most about Europe is the way people use their weekends there. Too often here in America, ‘weekend’ means errand running, housework, or just crashing in your sweatpants because you’re so burned out from the work week.

Hey, I love a good day of doing nothing, but not every weekend. Pack your bags Thursday night so when Friday rolls around you can hit the road.

Hop over to, sign up for fare alerts for your nearest airport, and snag a deal on a weekend getaway.

Be sure to take advantage of long weekends like Labor Day or Memorial Day. It’s a greater challenge to travel while working full time in American than it is in Europe, or even Australia. With a sad shortage of bank holidays, and a corporate culture that typically doesn’t value time off, you have to get a little creative. But it can be done.

If you live near enough to your family that you don’t have to fly to see them, volunteer to work Thanksgiving and Christmas in exchange for an extra day or two off somewhere else. I’ve successfully pulled this off at several different jobs.

Travel doesn’t have to mean the other side of the world. Chances are, someone from the other side of the world might view your area as an exotic destination, and I guarantee you haven’t see all there is to see there.

Go hike through the National Park a few hours away, or drive up to the little town with the cool antique shops. Check out a museum you’ve never been to.Take a walking tour of your own city. Volunteer on a wildlife conservation project near you. There are endless possibilities, all you have to do is think outside the box. You don’t have to sit through a 9-hour flight to get out of your comfort zone. Road trips are awesome!


Tip #3: Travel smarter, spend less.

Just because a destination is popular, doesn’t mean it’s better. If you travel to the most popular destinations during peak times, it’s going to be expensive.

For example, if you’re booking a ski holiday in Vail, Colorado, you’re going to pay an arm and a leg for it. It’s beautiful, sure, but check out Powderhorn Mountain Resort, near the Grand Mesa. Not only are nearly all of its tree areas skiable, it’s only 30 minutes from Palisade, the unofficial capital of Colorado wine country.

Don’t be afraid to try somewhere you’ve never been before. In fact, you should try new places. If you keep going back to the same place you go every year, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of travel – discovering new things.

Once a year go someplace you've never been before

Instead of Thailand, consider the Philippines, which can offer a lot more value for the money. Large portions of the country remain undamaged by Typhoon Haiyan and the people are welcoming of tourists. Looking for crystal clear waters and white sand beaches? Skip Bora Bora and head to the Dominican Republic. If it’s rain forests you want, think Nicaragua instead of Costa Rica.

Unless you have kids, don’t even think about booking a trip during popular spring break times. Wait until all the little monsters are back in school or, better yet, head off in February when the cabin fever is driving you nuts.

Don’t be a travel sheep. Get off the beaten path and your dollar will go a lot further. Not to mention you’ll end up exploring new parts of the world you might not have even known about.


Tip #4: Take a break in between jobs or look for jobs that involve travel.

Long gone are the days when you got a job with a company, worked your way up the ladder, and retired with a nice pension and a shiny gold watch. Today’s workforce stays at a job 4.4 years on average and it’s still decreasing. While employers may not like this trend, they’re going to have to adjust. According to Forbes, a whopping 91% of Millennials expect to stay at a job less than 3 years.

That means, on average, you could have between 15-20 different jobs in your life. Use that time in between to recharge your batteries and explore part of the world. If you have another position lined up, sometimes you can even negotiate a few weeks before your start date to take a trip.

If you’re not 100% sure what you want to do with your life (and lets face it…that’s most of us) try out a job that lets you travel for work. Here are a few to consider:

Flight Attendant – This one is the most obvious, but it’s also the most accessible. Most airlines don’t require prior training, only customer service experience, before they’ll hire you. The pay isn’t great, and the hours are somewhat erratic, but the perks are pretty fantastic.

Event Coordinator – A job coordinating festivals or trade shows can log you some serious travel miles. I started my marketing job as an event coordinator and made it over 20 different cities my first year.

Retail Buyer – If you’ve got an eye for fashion and a serious case of wanderlust, this is the dream job for you. Retail buyers attend vendor meetings and trade shows all over the country (sometimes the world) to identify consumer trends and make purchase decisions.

Consultant – Because consultants are specialists, their client-base is usually spread all over the world. Fixing a specific issue within a company, and maintaining good customer relations often requires regular on-site visits.

Destination Wedding Photographer – Hey, someone has to take the photos at all those destination weddings. If you’ve got a great eye and a willingness to travel, it might as well be you. Granted, this job requires some special skills & equipment, but if you love photography this could be the career for you.


Tip#5: Negotiate for more vacation time (and actually use it).

When you’re interviewing, be up-front with perspective employers about your desire to travel. Negotiate for more PTO instead of just more money. And then USE IT.

The biggest mistake I made when I was still a part of corporate America was to cash out my PTO every year instead of actually taking time off. I let myself be guilted into never taking vacations. I’d come into the office even when I was sick. If I didn’t, my company phone would buzz all day anyway. The one time I actually used my PTO was for my grandma’s funeral. And I brought my laptop.

Don’t do this. Seriously, it’s never worth it. Don’t ever feel guilty for taking the time off that you deserve. When you come back, put in the extra effort to show your employer that travel helps increase morale and productivity.

You can also take unpaid time off. Just because you’ve used up your PTO for the year doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to take a few extra days off. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – the rules aren’t always black and white. Apply the same passion and creativity to your job as you do toward travel, and no one will give you grief for it. (If they do, chances are the job isn’t right for you anyway.)


Tip #6: Have fun saving for travel.

Saving doesn’t mean you have to live like a miser. We all know that cutting out Starbucks, canceling cable, and packing our own lunches is a good way to save money. If you like to shop, you probably know you don’t need really that 46th pair of shoes.


But saving isn’t just about cutting stuff out. There’s no reason you can’t have a good time while putting money aside for travel! Here are a few creative ideas:

  • Have a jar for spare change labeled ‘Adventure Fund’ (or switch labels depending on your next trip).
  • Instead of going out to dinner, light some candles and cook together – it’s more romantic anyway.
  • Find a fun project to work on – like training for a 5k – instead of spending money on activities.
  • Take advantage of free events, like movies or concerts in the park.
  • If you’re naturally crafty, set up an Etsy shop and sell some jewelry you’ve made or photographs you’ve taken. Put the extra cash in the travel fund.
  • Throw a party for your friends instead of going out – ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer.
  • Have a stay-at-home spa day – bubble bath, pedicure, facial, the works. (If you’re really lucky, you might even get a massage from your significant other).
  • Pack a picnic and walk through the woods while the leaves are changing.

The point is, having fun doesn’t have to mean spending money. My special man-friend and I live on a very strict budget and we’re two of the happiest people I know.

Stop making excuses for why you don’t travel. “It’s too expensive, I don’t have time, I work too much, etc…” If it’s important to you, you CAN find a way to do it. Make the decision and just go. Making regular travel a part of your life might take some adjustments, but before long you’ll have been all over the world while still keeping that job that you love.


Your turn, guys. How do you make travel a part of your life while working full time?


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This post is part of the #SundayTraveler series. Check them out for more awesome travel posts or to link up your own!




Mandie is a writer, rebel & web design junkie. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine, traveling & working on her perpetually unfinished novel. She was a nerd before it was cool.

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  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)    

    Great post Mandie and as someone who juggles a love of travel with a career they love, I agree with so many of your tips! I try to plan my trips ahead, utilise long weekends and weekends in general and like you say, I try to remind myself, travel doesn’t necessarily mean having to go miles away or even fly abroad – I’

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Shikha! It’s been an adjustment for me to establish a habit of travel while being somewhat “settled,” but a big part of it is just remembering that I can appreciate the beauty that’s right by me, too. 🙂

  2. vandefan    

    Hello Mandie!!
    My name is vandefan I am new to your blog and I must say I love your post and the hard work you are putting on your blog.

    I must confess I love to travel a lot, but its going to be insane if I quit my Job just to travel.
    when I am back from having fun I will have no work to do, so I will become broke because I quit my Job ? wow

    Thanks for sharing I appreciate :.)

    1. Mandie    

      Hi Vandefan! A lot of people either save up so that they can travel without working, or (like me) they freelance while traveling. However, not everyone is in a position to do that, I understand. 🙂

  3. kelli    

    Hey Mandie
    Excellent post. Like you said, the permanent nomad lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Years ago, deep in my heart, it is what I knew I wanted, and I am very happy doing what I’m doing. But, living this way is certainly not akin to a permanent vacation, particularly since I am working at the same time.

    Not every type of job lends itself to that type of lifestyle and if people want to be in a certain field, working in a set location, having a boss, and being on a schedule is not really an option. But, those things matter less when when you actually like your job. It’s when we don’t like it that those elements feel torturous.

    And, like yourself, if you have a partner who doesn’t quite share this same vision, some tough choices have to be made. Like you, if you truly care about someone and are happy with them, not living that lifestyle doesn’t pull at you as much because there is something at home that makes you happy.

    Your tips are excellent, especially about making travel a priority. Like you said, that money ends up going elsewhere, leaving people lamenting about wanting to take a trip but not being able to. It’s one thing to have no desire to travel–then you just won’t and it’s fine. But, when it something people really claim they want to do, and they don’t it makes me wonder about how they are prioritizing their time and money. I know lots of people who work and who have a deep passion for travel, and they do it when they can, no two ways about it.

    You seem to have a really great outlook on how you have chosen to live for the moment, and when we have that, we can be happy no matter the circumstances. Great post!

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Kelli!
      I still consider myself a permanent nomad, I just happen to be in the US right now. Since most of my stuff lives in my car and I just bounce around, staying with friends and family, I think it counts. 😉

      We do both share the same vision for the future, it’s just not an option right this minute, so we’re making the best of it for now. Any I’m definitely still solo traveling!

      I’ve just been talking to a bunch of inspiring people lately who actually love their location-dependent job, so I thought I’d write something for those weirdos. Haha

  4. Jeeshan    

    Simply awesome.
    I liked it you just brought out the way to choose how we should live and how we can afford time for happily living.
    Thanks for these tips.
    keep it up.

  5. Marissa | It's the Little Things    

    I love everything about this post, and I feel like there is a high chance I have said that about one or more other posts of yours, but you hit the nail on the head when it comes to relating to your audience. At least in my case!

    I am all about committing to travel (among other things) as early as possible because then I know I will hold myself accountable. My trip to Africa? The first time I ran a 10K race? Just had to take a leap and sign up, because then there is no backing out and I have to go for it.

    So far I’ve been taking advantage of different activities in Boulder, and taking day trips to nearby cities. So far, it’s been great but I am still craving a nice long trip to enjoy (hopefully in early 2015?) I will definitely be using my PTO!

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Marissa! It’s funny how I always felt like I never fit in anywhere until I started blogging and realized that there are a whole bunch of nonconformists just like me. 🙂

      It really is all about just making a decision and committing to it. I just signed up to do a half marathon next summer, so now I HAVE to train.

      Any time you want to practice being a tour guide in Boulder, I’ll be on a plane. Colorado is my favorite place in the whole world. Okay, well at least the US. 🙂

  6. Esther    

    I cannot agree with this post more! I too was STUCK in a corporate job (I always called it Prison, that’s how much I looooved it) and when I lost it, I nearly cried with happiness. I’ve started my own business in the middle of the economical crisis and everyone thought I was mad. Maybe I was, but I know 3 things: 1) I am happier than ever 2) I travel more than ever 3) Money is not that much of an issue, because (like you say) I travel smarter. YAY!!

    1. Mandie    

      Lol, Esther. I used to call it my soul-killing cubicle. I was so miserable I didn’t even realize how unhappy I was until I lost my job and I was like “Oh THIS is what it feels like to not hate life.”

      You are so inspiring!! People think I’m nuts for freelancing full-time now, too, but some of us just weren’t born to be employees. 🙂

  7. Laia    

    Excellent post! I agree that there are a lot of ways to live and travel, and saving is easier when you have a clear objective which makes you dream 🙂
    Also, in some countries some companies allow to take a sabbatical leave… so you can travel for several months and find your job back on your return.

    1. Mandie    

      Laia, that’s very true! Even here in the US where most companies place little value on travel or time off, I’m starting to see an increase in jobs that let you take sabbaticals. Great point!

  8. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey    

    It’s definitely a great idea to use weekends better. I know I used to think that it wasn’t possible – now I know better!Wake up early and go, go, go!

    1. Mandie    

      I never used to use my weekends for anything other than catching up on my to-do list. But life is too short to not take mini-adventures! 🙂

  9. Margherita @The Crowded Planet    

    You’re making some excellent points there Mandie. I have been nomadic for nearly two years, switched to part-time travel for the last 4, about to go nomadic again in about 8 months. Both ways of travelling have pros and cons, and it’s definitely true you don’t need to quit your jib to travel. I love your money-saving tips, I’ve tried some of them myself!

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Margherita! I agree, both ways of travel have their benefits. For me, as long as I’m getting to see the world and discover new things, I’m happy. 🙂

  10. Cynthia    

    My goodness, this is definitely my favorite post on this topic I’ve ever read! I’m so inspired that I almost want to come home from living abroad just so I can get a job and travel based on tips from this article. Definitely bookmarking for when wanderlust hits and I’m back home.

    Before I moved abroad, I would save all my tip money for whatever trips came up, but I like your idea of saving for a specific trip. And the tip about making travel a priority is HUGE. So many people say that I’m lucky or ask how I make it happen…. and I keep having to tell them it’s not about luck, it’s just that I don’t spend on literally anything else 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Aww, why thank you, Cynthia! Lol I wouldn’t necessarily come home just because of this, though. 😉 Like you, I get SO irritated when people keep saying “Oh, you’re so lucky.” I tell them “No, lucky is winning the lottery. Traveling is a CHOICE.”

  11. Blake Sunshine    

    I love this post! I have been figuring out how to manage owning a business and traveling the world at the same time and these tips are great. Taking advantage of my weekends and saving for a specific destination have both kept me from going insane 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      That’s fantastic! Owning a business and balancing a personal life can be even trickier than having a “normal” job. That’s great that you’ve figured out a way to keep traveling. 🙂

  12. Sandra    

    Great post! It’s so true that travelling can mean to spend a day outside of your city. I love to do that, you can still discover so many new things and beautiful places 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks! Exactly – to me travel is about seeing something in a new light as much as it is seeing something new. 🙂

  13. Amy @ Amy and the Great World    

    Great post! I agree that anyone can travel if they make it a priority. Even as someone who is currently teaching English abroad, I don’t get to be on the road all the time, and still need to make travel a priority! Thank you for sharing your personal experience!

    1. Mandie    

      Yes, living abroad is different than full-time traveling. Even though you’re in a different country, you’re still LIVING there! 🙂

  14. Brittany @ Paws for Beer    

    I had a corporate job with 7 weeks of vacation and I took every ounce of it. I always told my boss “you can’t pay me enough to not take my vacation”.

    1. Mandie    

      Wow, 7 weeks!! You obviously had a better job than I did…I worked there 4 years just to get 2 weeks (which I never took). That’s a great attitude, though!

  15. Jessica van Dop DeJesus    

    Couldn’t agree more! I’m in a great position where I love my job (actually my wonderful colleagues make me love my job actually more than the work). I also take advantage of my business travel to take a day or two to discover a new destination. I’ve also cut my cable aND my shopping budget so we can travel more. I also make it a point to have small weekend trips 100 miles from DC. I think many travelers get intimidated and see travel as a huge endeavor. I try to prove otherwise to my friends 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      That’s awesome, Jessica! Exactly – travel doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking! It’s just getting out and exploring something new. Liking your colleagues can make a world of difference. When I was a veterinary assistant I made practically nothing and it was definitely not what I wanted to do as a career, but I LOVED the job because of the people I worked with.

  16. Sammi Wanderlustin'    

    This is such great advice.

    My old boss encouraged me to travel, and let me take extra days off (unpaid) to do things I needed to here in the UK, and then paid me for the time I was actually travelling. He thought it was the best way, and it worked for us for 3 years. Now I have a new boss & he is not so lenient. Funnily enough I’ve handed my notice in & have found a new job, tho it’s a temporary contract, that means I’ll be working abroad! I can’t wait for a new adventure. I just need to find more jobs like that after I get back!

    I’ve also been doing a saving challenge this year called the 52 week challenge- essentially you put a £ (or a $) away for each week you’re on, so week 1 is £1 and week 52 is £52. I get not everyone can afford to do that, but even if you only get so far thru that scheme you’ll be amazed how much you’ve managed to save! Plus the chances are if you’re thinking of travelling you can sell things. I have the most insane amount of DVDs which when I’m unemployed will all go eBay (except my favourites) & books, too. Plus I have an old laptop that needs wiping & having a new OS putting on it which I reckon I could get £50 for. There’s always ways to make or save money.

    1. Mandie    

      That’s great that your old boss did that! I had one awesome boss during my time with my last company, but he got fired (I had 6 bosses in 4 years). Working abroad will definitely be a great adventure – I’m jealous. 🙂 I just found out about contracts (here in the US, only upper level executives get those) and I’m curious. What are they for? Can you still quit if you hate the job? (Or get fired?) Lol

      I LOVE that 52 week challenge. I’m doing the 100 day burpee challenge at the moment, and it’s not nearly so fun! I had a mass “selling things on Craigslist” party right before I traveled, and honestly, I don’t miss ANY of that stuff. 🙂

  17. Brittany Bullen    


    As promised, I hopped over from Kevin’s blog to check out this post. LOVE your blog’s design! So fun and interesting to look at.

    I can totally relate to this perspective. My friend Ryan Biddulph always talks about living the dream of world travel, and that’s awesome, but it’s not my dream. Being with my husband and three boys, I feel like I’m in paradise every day. I’ve traveled to some pretty cool places, but honestly, I think somehow I’m immune to the “travel bug”. I’m a homebody.

    I do love a good staycation though! It’s fun to see the sights that are right around the corner from where you are. So many people have never been to the tourist attractions in their own hometowns! That’s another way to satisfy that wanderlust too.



    1. Mandie    

      Thanks for hopping over, Brittany 🙂

      I’m a follower of Ryan as well. He gives some great advice but I’m with you – a life of island hopping isn’t my dream either, although it sounds fun to do for a month or two! Give me a cabin in the mountains with some horses…near an international airport. Haha

      I’m definitely an adventurer, but I love a staycation, too! Actually, I’ve been thinking about writing about my favorite staycation ideas. To me, travel isn’t so much about being on the other side of the world as it is a state of mind, in which you view the world around you as an opportunity to learn and grow.

  18. Michele {Malaysian Meanders}    

    What a wonderful list of tips. I like to tell myself I’m “saving to spend” so that it motivates me more that I’m going to actually get to use all that money at some point. We’re moving into a new phase of life with a lot of commitments that keep us from traveling much, so I am trying to adjust my state of mind and plan on exploring my hometown like it’s a brand new place I’ve just arrived at.

    1. Mandie    

      I love that idea, Michele – saving to spend! Sometimes I have a hard time transitioning from saving mode to spending mode, and then back again. (Okay, usually it’s harder to transition back into savings mode lol). One of the things that travel made me realize was how little I had explored any of the towns I actually lived in. The other day I drove down to the Mississippi River and took some photos of the bridges and they were BEAUTIFUL. I never would have thought to do that before. 🙂

  19. Dennis Kopp    

    You are certainly right Mandie, it is not necessary to quit the job to travel the world. But it is actually quite liberating if you do and a very different travel experience altogether… 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Very true, Dennis! It is incredibly liberating, but I know it’s just not possible for everyone to do right now, so I wanted to write a little something for people who can’t. 🙂

  20. Ryan Biddulph    

    Hi Mandie,

    Like Kelli, traveling is in my blood, after not taking a vacation for 22 years. Re-read, after not taking a vacay for 22 years 😉 But to be honest, if she were someone who loved her job and lived in the States I’d not do the long term thing.

    When we started dating 7 years ago she had the travel bug and I was a homebody. After she tripped to Europe, Central and South America, I said “Eff this”, and followed her to SE Asia, which is where my travel Jones began. I was tired of taking her to the airport, and I also knew that if the roles were reversed, I’d spend a lot of time with her at home, because it’s more fun for me to travel as a couple, to share it with someone.

    It’s just so intriguing, because even though I wasn’t in love with my job, my life was pretty darn cool, and I loved being home, the week before I met Kelli. I was a sports fan who loved watching hoops each day, and on the weekends, and I was so fixed on staying home, I never dreamed I’d leave NJ, much less, the States.

    If your BF does a trip, ya never know ;)….because life has a funny way of turning into the person you were meant to be, even when you could never see that person, yourself. Either way, wonderful tips, and such creative ways to travel while doing the 9-5 bit. It’s such a blessing to have a job, and to live in a place as wonderful as the States, and even if I never live there for more than a month or 2 in my life, I’ll always appreciate the place.

    Thanks Mandie! Tweeting soon.

    Signing off from Savusavu.


    1. Mandie    

      Hey Ryan,

      Okay, I thought going 10 years without a vacation was bad. 22 years – you were as crazy as I was!!

      We both definitely love to travel! Gosh, I didn’t mean to make him sound like a stick-in-the-mud or anything. Lol. He’s just not able to take off and gallivant with me quite yet. 🙂

      I love what you said there about how life has a way of turning you into the person you were meant to be. It’s so true! When I was younger my #1 goal was to be as invisible as possible. Now I’m a leader and an adventure who has chosen a pretty public way to live her life.

      Thanks, Ryan!

  21. Jaime Buckley    


    I am SO stoked that I stopped by. Joining your blog–because I think it’s something I actually “need”.

    Truth be known, I am a huge chicken when it comes to travel. Not for myself, but always afraid something will go wrong with my wife and kids. So we do minor camping, but that’s about it.

    Here’s the kicker…and you got me all excited about doing the ‘Adventure Fund’–because I already cook at home for Kathilynn, go window shopping to get out, drives…but we have always wanted to do some traveling. That’s really hard when you have 12 kids–10 still at home and the youngest is a newborn (baby due any day now).

    I’m from California, she’s from Suva Fiji and we both live in Utah.

    Since you talked about your writing desires on Kevin’s blog, I’ll share this here: I’d love to get a cabin off the coast of Washington during the fall and winter, just so I could write and watch the migration of whales with my sweetie.

    It took coming here to realize, “Hey, I’m a fantasy writer! I could find ways to do book tours where I want to travel to….couldn’t I?”

    You, my friend, have inspired me to start planning and saving!
    (will keep you updated)

    *pulls out a coffee can and labels it “ADVENTURE FUND”*

    1. Mandie    


      I’m so excited that you came by!! 🙂

      Your travel hesitations are understandable give the TWELVE children you have to drag along. I’m not a parent (except to a cat), but I’m guessing it’s unacceptable to shove the smaller ones into a suitcase?

      Well now I want a cabin off the coast to watch whale migrations with MY sweetie. What is it about writers and cabins?? It must be in our blood stream.

      And yes, yes you could definitely do book tours! My dad is a theology writer and if HE can get asked to go speak all over the country, surely someone who writes books that the other 99% of the population can understand could. (If you’re reading this…sorry dad.)

      Good luck on your adventure fund (and with your latest tiny adventure)! Keep me posted for sure! 🙂

  22. Jess    

    I love working contract jobs in different places – I get to see something new for a month or 6 weeks, and then come back in between! And, to tell the truth, I like having a ‘home base’ where I can store my stuff and know what every season looks like. I keep running into the idea that if you’re REALLY into travel, your end goal must be to set yourself up as a ‘digital nomad’ on a beach in Thailand – but that’s just not the life I want.

  23. Lynne    

    Best advice I have heard all month! I always wanted to travel but because of work, finances and just a whole lot of things I had to do, I haven’t had the chance to do so, but because of your post, you have given me the determination that I can do it. No excuses! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Rachel    

    I think travelling alongside working full time is all about attitude – if you like the idea of saving to travel ‘someday’, you are never going to save a thing. You have to REALLY want to travel.

    I’m a freelancer, but as my work is seasonal I work my ass off from March to October and then make the most of the next four months of more or less freedom. This year however I went against the caution of my other half (why go on holiday in summer when we have work, instead of spending £1000 on a week or two away we could be earning £2000-£3000… blah blah blah) and went away anyway. I went to Visby, Copenhagen and Ikaria (Greece) on my own but to meet with other groups of friends in the space of two months.

    Best decision I ever made that. The stress of work, the realisation I’ve caught the travel bug and the subsequent breakdown of our relationship made my other half realise what an idiot he was for focusing on work alone. We are now back together and he has come to realise he wants to travel too, so we are now saving up for the next 18 months to road trip around Europe! 🙂 And working for ourselves is great, hehe.

    1. Mandie    

      That’s amazing! That’s exactly where I’m trying to get to now – freelancing but being able to take off for a few weeks and not work at all. Also, yours is the third story I’ve heard this week where one person took off traveling and the other didn’t, and ultimately it sparked the wanderlust in the partner who stayed behind and now they are happily traveling together. Crazy! Lol

  25. Shaun Hoobler    

    Good thing I can take my “job” wherever I go.

  26. Christopher Deleanides    

    The probation period is typically 3 months, right? I just snagged my job in December, would it be unwise to request vacation time in the summer. I only work like one or two days a week for 12 hours, so I’m wondering if it would be unwise for me to request vacation time period. That or maybe I can just make a really short trip during the week. I’d like to travel to Japan one day.

  27. Sam Kay    

    Found this through googling – thank you for the tips! I’m at a point in my life where I love my stable job but feel like I’m missing out when it comes to travelling the world like some of my friends.

    This made me feel like I didn’t have to give up my great job to see the world.


  28. Alicia Roberts    

    I teach kids in nature, which includes a strong sense of community with my co-workers, every crafting project I can dream up, fantasy play in the forest, anxiety-reducing bird sits, songs and stories… everything I’ve ever wanted out of life except for the new and exotic. I think I’ll look for now for big blocks (2-4 weeks) that I can take off for international travel, perhaps through Helpx since I don’t make very much to save up with. And after reading this… it is time to use that camping money we’ve been saving for once! We’re going to hike the McKenzie River trails this weekend because really if I could travel anywhere I would travel to a temperate rainforest with trees draping in lichen and forest floors knee-deep in moss and crystal clear waterfalls… and that’s why I moved to Oregon! (My environmental and cultural reasons for not having a car are slowly being outweighed by my realization that I don’t get out of the city enough).

  29. pratham    

    Travelling can be a great mood booster in this hectic and fast life,

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