Ever heard whispers about those elusive “professionals” who get paid to travel? Well, this secret may not be so mysterious after all. A recent study by Oxford Economics for the U.S. Travel Association found that Americans are currently using 25% less vacation time than during the years prior to 2000. Meaning Americans are essentially working for free. Want to know how to get paid to travel? Stop not getting paid to work and actually take your vacation time. Do this yearly and voilà, you’re a professional paid traveler!
Don’t get much paid time off or have limited funds? Don’t frequent travel blogs much? Don’t stress; here are some more tips on how to travel the world and get the most out of your valuable vacation days.
You work hard, now play hard too by actually taking a vacation, because sometimes a staycation just doesn’t cut it. Irrelevant of whether you opt for domestic or international travel, get out of your normal routine and experience something new so that you come back refreshed and with a new perspective on life.
Plan your vacation time over a holiday to take advantage of bonus holiday time & weekends that won’t count against your yearly total. For example, opting to take vacation over Thanksgiving will give you about 6 extra bonus vacation days. That’s an extra work week+ off!
- Thanksgiving Vacation (Thursday through Friday) = 2 bonus vacation days
- Week After Thanksgiving (Monday through Friday) = 5 actual vacation days
- Two Weekends (Saturday – Sunday x 2) = 4 free days
- = AN 11-DAY VACATION AT THE PRICE OF 5 ACTUAL VACAY DAYS
Unable to getaway over holidays due to family obligations? At the very least plan your vacation over weekends to get more time off than if you traveled during the week. You can easily turn a 5/6 day trip into a 9/10 day vacation by leaving on a Friday and returning on a Sunday.
Have more vacation time than money? Many travel companies, like Contiki, offer great discounts on unfilled spaces departing soon, so you see, it can pay to be spontaneous and flexible. If lack of funds is your limiting factor, keep an eye out for deals and be prepared to submit your time off quickly.
Opt for active vacations to maximize your vacation experience. After all, you’re only young once and you have the rest of your life to lie on the beach and sip umbrella cocktails. Not that lying on the beach shouldn’t be part of your vacation, just be sure to pick a trip that gives you more than one experience in exchange for your hard-earned time off.