Why your 9 to 5 shouldn’t stop you from travelling
By Ivy Waridi

The notion that you have to quit your job so that you can experience the world is false. I had the same opinion; it felt like something that only people with a lot of free time could do.

Scheduling might be a problem, especially with 9 to 5 jobs, and it becomes even harder if you work on Saturdays but having a balanced life is essential. Weekends might be the only time you can carve out to create meaningful travel experiences, so just travel.

There’s always going to be a reason why it’s not a good time. Money and time are still going to be an issue. You’re never going to have enough time to make that trip you want to do.

Here are a few tips that will help you explore what the country has to offer with your 9 to 5 job:

  1. Take advantage of public holidays

This is what quantifies as planning. You already know all the holidays we have in a year, and you can plan your leave days with that in mind. For example, you can take your leave days three days before or after the Easter holiday to add on to your travel days.

Travel is really subjective, and it all depends on what you want out of a trip. If you want to spend all your ten days in one place or spread out those days to explore different locations, it is up to you.

Make travel a priority because it is essential to you.

  1. Dedicate some weekends to taking road trips

Redefine what travel means to you. We have perpetuated the idea that for something to quantify as a trip your passport has to be stamped. But that should not be the case. There are many things to discover in your own backyard. You can even take a staycation where you live.

Take a road trip to the Champagne ridge or drive down to Nanyuki. These short trips will help you discover beautiful places. To extend your time away, you can travel on Friday evening after your shift. Do not rule out unconventional destinations in your area.

  1. Efficiently plan at least two long trips annually

Long trips require efficient planning. It is essential to learn everything there is to know about your intended destination, and this may take months. Being organized as you plan for your long trip will allow you to have time to be spontaneous because you can create wiggle room in your itinerary to explore other things.

Budgeting is necessary, especially if you are going out of the country. Things like your travel insurance, whether they use visa cards or not and the currency. Take your time to plan your trip to avoid last-minute rushes.

  1. Extend work trips

If you are lucky enough to travel for work, then you can extend the trip as soon as your duties are cleared. It might not be your ideal travel destination, but there is always something to discover wherever you are. Take one or two days to do something that is not related to your job.

  1. Take advantage of off-peak rates.

This might take care of the money issue. During this off-peak season, you can also pick destinations that are otherwise considered not popular. You will get reasonable rates that will help you travel within your budget.

  1. Travel by yourself

How many travel WhatsApp groups have you formed with your friends? How many of those trips have come to fruition? That should be your cue to plan a solo trip. It is very fulfilling to be able to travel by yourself. It might seem like something scary to do, but you cannot keep waiting for all your friends to be on the same page.