So often we hear from people that they’d love to travel more, but life gets in the way. The two biggest reasons that ALWAYS pop up are work and money. Either people can’t get away from work or they can’t afford the trips they want to take. And sometimes that can lead to anxiety, which makes it hard to enjoy your vacation! Well, let us help fix all of that.
We are here to tell you that you can get have the best of both worlds. You can travel more and enjoy your trip, every single minute of it!
First off, let’s talk briefly about why you should travel more. For us, travel has taught us SO much about other places, cultures, and people. But most of all, it has taught us more about ourselves. When traveling we have been able to more clearly take a step back and consider what is important in our lives and should be invested in, and on the flip side what is no longer important and doesn’t deserve our time and energy.
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.Everyone loves a good travel quote right?
Okay, so we want to travel more and be happier while we do it. You deserve to enjoy your vacation, so let’s figure out how to do it! Here are our 9 secrets to travel more and enjoy your trip.
Tips to Travel More
Many people want to travel more, but they don’t exactly know how to go about doing it. Never fear! Let’s go over some tangible actions on how you can make changes in your life so that you can travel more!
Save Up Paid Time Off for Vacation
Your Paid Time Off (PTO) days are like gold. Hold on to them! If you are a hypochondriac, this might not be for you. We very rarely take sick days at work. Why? Because that’s one less day we can use on vacation!
If we are actually sick, we will typically bring our computers home and work from there. Zach has even barricaded himself in an empty office before to make sure he isn’t spreading germs around the office, ANYTHING TO KEEP THOSE DAYS FOLKS!
Note: If your job treats PTO and Sick Days as separate things, then of course it doesn’t help your PTO situation to not take a sick day.
Save your PTO days up and use them in chunks. And if you use them strategically, you can take longer vacations without using all of your days! When you are taking days off, use weekends and holidays to your advantage.
Is there a Monday holiday coming up? Maybe use 4 days of Paid Time Off during that week and then BAM! You have a 10 day trip from Friday to the following Sunday and you only had to use 4 days of PTO!
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Leave Straight From Work
Find a flight that leaves in the evening on your last day of work before your trip. If your last day of work is a Friday, are there any flights that leave on Friday evening? Book those!
Travel days leave you jet-lagged and looking for a bed. On top of that, you’ll be weary from a long week of work. Therefore, you might as well take a snooze on the evening you get there! That way you won’t waste a day and you’ll be ready to start bright and early on the first REAL day of your trip.
If you really want to go all out to maximize your travel time, you can even try and get a red-eye flight home. You can sleep on the plane and head straight to work from the airport. If you do these 2 things, you can fly out on a Thursday night, spend all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a new place, then fly back Sunday night! You’ll only use 1 day of time off and you get a full 3 days in a new place!
We read Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Workweek and learned a TON about how to travel more. He goes into great detail about how to work remotely, create multiple forms of income, and travel more while doing what you love.
We wrote an eBook that focuses on 3 things:
- How to get awesome travel deals
- How to budget your life so you can travel more
- How to get away from work (focusing on getting more PTO and working remotely)
Half the proceeds of the book are going to fund a vacation for a family who can’t afford one!
Ruhls of the Road’s Travel eBook
There are a lot of excellent resources out there for you to use. If you want to travel more without giving up your job, then working remotely is something you should consider! Talk with your boss and see if they will let you try it out! Another option is to find a new job, one that encourages you to travel more!
Work While Traveling
Working while traveling is slightly different than working remotely. You do still get the INCREDIBLE benefit of traveling the world while still making an income! But the difference is that working while traveling will still be an in-person experience, whereas working remotely will typically be working from your computer or phone.
We currently work from our computers, and don’t have too much experience with working while travelling. However, we know a few people we’ve met on the road that swear by it. Here are some options for you to consider!
Hopscotchtheglobe has some GREAT tips on ideas for working while traveling (and they have an awesome page in general, check them out!). Here are our 4 favorite nomadic work options called out on their page.
There are many opportunities to teach in other countries, this is especially true if you can speak and write in fluent English. You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to teach in some countries, only a high school diploma. However, if you do have a bachelors or more, you’ll be able to make a higher salary than those with only a high school diploma.
Get Creative: Sell Your Products or Services
I certainly do not encourage anyone to become a “begpacker” BUT if you have artsy skills, there could be a way for you to earn money while you travel. I’ve met travelling hairdressers, jewellery makers, couple photographers and massage therapists throughout my adventures, mostly in hostels. If you have a skill you can offer to people, use it to your advantage and make some money as you travel.
House and pet sitting gives you the opportunity to “baby sit” someone else’s home and furry friend. Perhaps the owner is going away for work or spends half the year in another location, you’d be there to care for the house and animal(s) all while not having to pay for accommodations. Everyone wins. House and pet sitting isn’t taken advantage of enough. This is such a great option especially if you’re open and flexible with your travel plans or are able to work remotely and interested in living abroad for a longer time.
Become a Digital Nomad
Becoming a digital nomad does not mean that you are on a permanent vacation. It means your a small business owner, freelancer, entrepreneur, hustler, working all day and night (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled all nighters to get a video up or blog post out). The benefit? Having my office beach front one day and a jungle treehouse the next.
Travel More by Spending Less
We have FULLY embraced this idea, and woven it into our lives. When you turn down the faucet on spending, you can turn up the faucet on exploring!
Choose Destination Based on Flight Price
This is our number one secret to saving money while traveling. We wrote about it in our eBook also, and go much more in depth, we even built a little game for it! Really in essence this is the tip: you don’t choose your destination, the price does.
According to ValuePenguin, on international trips, flights are more than HALF of a typical vacation cost!ValuePenguin
Sounds weird doesn’t it? It is. You won’t be making the final choice on your destination! Get over it! Start by coming up with a large list of places you’d love to go on your dates.
Then set up a flight tracker. We use Google Flights. Set up the tracker for every destination on your list for the dates you are okay with, and let Google do the work. They’ll tell you when your flight prices look best, and what destination will be the cheapest. Choose the cheapest one!
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If you keep a running list of places you want to go, then you can keep your flight tracker on all the time! Then you are basically guaranteeing you will minimize the money you spend on flights as you’re traveling around the world!
Go Places You Know People and Couch Surf!
Zach took a guys trip to Seattle this year, and the entire trip cost less than $200 for flight and room. Why? Because he tracked the flights looking for the cheapest dates, and because he has a brother he could stay with in Seattle!
The whole group (5 children trapped in adult male bodies) was able to crash on the couch at Zach’s brother’s, saving a couple nickels and making their travel money last longer! In a new city, you won’t be spending your days inside your hotel/Airbnb/etc. As long as you have a place to leave your bag and rest your head, then you’re good to go!
Of course, budgeting will stretch your money for as long as possible. Without a budget, you’ll splurge on an expensive dinner or excursion, and you’ll spend all your money before you wanted to. With an effective budget, you’ll be ready to rock and roll and travel more! Maybe budgeting will even open up doors for long term travel!
Travel Budgeting Advice from Lonely Planet:
Once you’ve worked out how much you need, then you’ve got a figure you can save towards. Some people make this number their screensaver or put it on their fridge using this saving goal as motivation to go to work everyday.
Have your very own telethon-style countdown as you save towards the goal. If you find saving tough, try budgeting software like Pear Budget or Mint – the latter includes countdown functions for your savings and can suggest ways to cut your expenses. If you don’t hit your saving goal, then it might be time to go back and re-visit the budget – maybe that Singapore Sling might have to be in a more down-market bar.
The most important rule for your travel budget is flexibility. Allowing for on-the-road splurges (and the odd belt tightening) will take the stress out of your trip, but will also mean that when you get home you won’t be met with a huge credit card bill. A little planning at the start of the trip will save penny pinching, grouchy haggling and worrying about being ripped off at the cost of enjoying your trip.
Take a Mini Retirement
Save up some money and take a break from working! Some people call this a mini-retirement, others might call it a sabbatical. Whatever you label it, taking 3 months to travel across SE Asia or South America and re-charge your batteries will always be a great choice!
Do you think that 3 years down the road you’ll regret backpacking through South America for a few months? You most certainly won’t. But you might regret never pulling the trigger on your trip of a lifetime! Work will always be waiting for you when you need to go make a few bucks. Then you can start saving for your next jaunt to a new continent!
Tips to Enjoy Your Vacation
Now, what good is being able to travel more if you don’t actually enjoy your trip?? You have to enjoy your vacation people! We personally know people who dread vacations for one reason or another, and it usually boils down to this: they don’t follow the below secrets!
This might seem contradictory, but it is SO SO true! Traveling minimally is the way to go, one THOUSAND percent. There are many benefits, but let’s go over some of the top ones:
Save Time at the Airport
Raise your hand if you love waiting in lines at the airport! If your hand is raised right now, then you are crazy. Number one, because you are raising your hand because an online blog told you to. And number two, because you actually LIKE waiting in line at the airport! No one like that. No one.
Let’s think about where you spend time waiting at the airport:
- Checking a Bag
- Baggage Claim
Now, 2 of those are pretty unavoidable: security and boarding. Of course you can get TSA Precheck to speed the process up, but you’ll still have to go through security.
You do NOT have to deal with bag check and baggage claim if you travel minimally! We guarantee you will be able to pack everything you need in your carry-on.
Clothing We Love
You need clothes to travel. Heck, maybe you don’t. We don’t judge. If you want to hop around the world in your birthday suit then go right ahead! But if you want to cover up, here are a few of our favorite clothing items we love, and we think you’ll love too!
Remember when we talked about how saving money means you can travel more? Well, with most airlines, checking a bag costs money. So by not checking a bag, you are saving money! And when you save money you’ll be able to travel more!
Packing only a carry-on for a vacation is less stressful. It just is! It is a bit hard to explain why packing minimally leads to less stress. Maybe it is because we have fewer outfit options to stress about. Maybe it is because we don’t have to lug a giant suitcase everywhere, maybe it was because we didn’t have to wait in those lines at the airport!
Whatever the case may be, packing like a minimalist WILL make you enjoy your vacation more. We guarantee it. Now, packing minimally doesn’t have to mean sacrificing. You can bring everything you need, even for a 2 week trip abroad! We put together these 2 week guides on how to pack light, for guy and girls:
We love to hike. For SO many reasons. First off, it is basically the cheapest activity you can do. In most places, hiking is free!
Second, we love to get out in nature. The feeling of climbing a mountain or trekking through a forest is soothing and relaxing. And on top of that you get a workout in for the day!
Third, the sites. Oh my GOODNESS hiking gets you to the most incredible places in every destination. There is really nothing like completing a hike with an incredible mountain overlook.
Your phone and/or computer can be a source of joy and connection. They can also be a source of stress, especially on vacation. The constant buzzing a ringing when you get texts, calls, and emails can drive anyone crazy!
To enjoy your vacation, make a conscious effort to unplug from the digital world. Experience the real world in front of you! You know, the place you flew to so that you could experience??
Travel and Leisure has these 7 Tips to Enjoy Your Trip and Unplug
- Make a list of analog things you’d like to have time for. Any time you find yourself beginning a mindless scroll, open up that list, pick something from it to do instead, and put the screen away.
- Declutter your digital space. You know your problem apps; just uninstall them, even if it’s only during your trip or for a few days at a time. Turning your phone back into a phone is pretty liberating.
- Turn off your push notifications.
- Forget your charger on purpose.
- Fake self-control with help from an app. You know your problem apps; just uninstall them, even if it’s only during your trip or for a few days at a time. Turning your phone back into a phone is pretty liberating.
- Try phone stacking when you’re with a group of people. Depending on the group, you can have fun with it. Raise the stakes with rules: for example, the first one to reach for his or her phone has to buy a round of drinks.
- Set specific check-in times. If ignoring it is going to stress you out far more than taking a few minutes to check in, set aside a short time each day, but with a strict time limit.
Armed with these secrets to travel more and enjoy your vacation from start-to-finish, you will be unstoppable! Send us a picture from your next vacation destination! And of course enjoy your trip.
Vacations offer a perfect time to get lost in a great book. Reading is a relaxing, enjoyable experience for anyone. If it isn’t for you, we would say that you’ve been reading the wrong books.
We love to read, especially on a trip! We get our books on a Kindle so we can bring multiple books anywhere. Reading is a great way to relax and unwind while also getting caught up in a great story. We love everything from novels to self-help, business books to memoirs. Here are our favorites!
We were listening to a podcast a few weeks ago and a quote stuck with us:
Read what you love until you love to read.Naval
That is an excellent quote! Maybe you haven’t loved reading because you’ve been forced to read boring books that don’t interest you. What do you love? Adventure? Comedy? Drama? Economics? History? Science Fiction? Science Fact? Self Help? Comics? There are SO many amazing books out there for anyone and everyone!
We put together a library of our favorite books to read while on vacation! Come to think of it, you can read these any time, whether you are hanging at home or relaxing on the beach.
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We wrote an travel eBook with you in mind, and have given you EVERYTHING we know about how to maximize your ability to travel the world! The book has 3 parts:
- How to get INCREDIBLE Travel Deals
- Budgeting Your Life to Travel
- How to Get Away From Work
50% of the proceeds from the sale of our eBook is going to a cause that we care about: funding a trip for a family in need! We are putting half the proceeds from every eBook purchase towards a trip for a family who isn’t be able to take a trip.
Do you know of a family in need who could use a trip?? Let us know!