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How To Balance Work And Wanderlust

How I Balance Work And Wanderlust

Ok, so I’m not going to pretend that I balance work and wanderlust all that well because I’m sure you guys know by now, I’m a tad obsessed with travelling.

However, it does have to be done and while I’d obviously rather be spending my time on a beautiful beach somewhere exotic, or strolling the stylish streets of Paris like a true Parisian, unfortunately ‘real life’ does get in the way and it’s incredibly important to learn how to prioritise things.

That being said, today’s post is all about how to balance work and wanderlust.

how to balance work and wanderlust

I’m such a huge advocate for travelling and one of my greatest passions is encouraging more people to go out and see more of the world, but naturally it’s understandable that not everyone can jet off to the Maldives whenever we feel like it (although, can you imagine? It would be the DREAM).

So if you find yourself sat drooling at your desk on your lunchbreak, scrolling through Instagram looking at the #travelbloggers hashtag, then here’s how you can combat that and balance work and wanderlust.

Work with what you’ve already got

Ok, so a bit of a naff start to this post but hear me out.

In most professions, you get an allotted amount of holiday time each year and if you’re lucky, then you may even get bank holidays off too!

This means that instead of jetting off for a two week holiday in summer (unless that’s your kind of thing, then you do you!) you can make use of shorter weekend breaks. Weekend breaks are potentially my favourite kind of holiday and in most European cities, you really don’t need more than three or four days to do the essential sights.

For example, you could grab a late evening flight on a Friday and get the latest possible flight back on a bank holiday Monday, thus giving you ample time to explore the likes of Budapest, Rome and Barcelona.

Research where you want to visit next

And I don’t just mean sitting on Pinterest for four hours ogling at wanderlust-worthy destinations, I mean properly doing your research.

Investigate how many holidays you can feasibly fit into your annual leave and see whether you’d prefer a longer holiday to Dubai for example, or whether city breaks are more your thing. Either way, you’ll have a more structured idea of what kind of holidays you can manage throughout the year.

Remember that not everyone will understand your travelling obsession

While I’d imagine that almost everyone you come across would be desperate to do at least a little bit of travelling in their lifetime, it’s important to remember that not everyone will be as obsessed with travelling as you.

That being said, it’s important to find like-minded people who share your travel passions and then talk to them about your travel dreams as much as possible. Whether that’s work colleagues who share your love of travelling or whether you find people on Twitter and Instagram who you can chat with and share your experiences, this is sure to give you some more inspiration into how other people balance work and wanderlust.

Make travelling your priority

Ok, so not everyone can just simply decide that travelling is their be all and end all but if travelling the world is your ~thing~ (even if it is just one city break at a time) then you really need to prioritise your travel plans above almost everything else.

This involves cutting back on things that you could definitely live without in order to fund your travel obsessions. Cut back on meals out, cinema trips and expensive clothes and instead have a goal in mind of your next holiday and you’ll feel so much better about saving instead of spending.

Utilise any work travel trips you may get

This certainly won’t apply to all professions but if you find yourself travelling with work a fair bit then see how you can incorporate some fun sightseeing during your work trip.

For example, if you know you’re going to be working in London for two days, use as much of your free time during the trip as possible to have a little wander around the city. Get up a little bit earlier so you can walk to your destination instead of getting the tube and take a stroll through the city after dinner just before you go to bed so you can make the most of your work trip.

Try and squeeze in mutiple destinations into one trip

Last year, Matt and I went to Venice for a few days and while we had no intention of visiting anywhere else while we were there, we decided to embark on a spontaneous trip to Rome one day. The journey was pretty long and tiring but we both agreed that it was entirely worth it to be able to tick another city off our travel wishlist.

We only spent about six hours there but it really was worth it as we managed to see so much of the city in just a short space of time.

If you plan your trip a little bit more meticulously than we did, then I’m sure you’ll be able to plan even more destinations into one trip, even if it does mean spending only a day or two in each destination.

How To Balance Work And Wanderlust

How do you manage to balance work and wanderlust? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 11th May 2018 / 8:33 am

    Ah, isn’t it just a shame when life gets in the way of travels! Haha! I definitely feel your pain here! Cramming in short breaks at the weekend is such a good idea and this is something that I really want to do more of in the coming year, whether it is UK staycations or a European city break! I’m quite lucky in that my “job”, my PhD, allows me to do quite a bit of travelling within the UK, in a couple of weeks time I’m off to Edinburgh, for example! I’m also lucky enough to be going on a press trip to London this weekend so plenty of travels are being packed in in the rest of the month! Good on you for doing what makes you happy and making travel your priority!

    Abbey xx

    • chloedickenson
      11th May 2018 / 8:48 am

      That’s so awesome Abbey! It’s great that your PhD allows you to do that, I can’t wait to see what you get up to! X

  2. 11th May 2018 / 1:59 pm

    This is such a fab post, and life most definitely does get in the way of travelling, how inconvenient!! You’re so right about visiting a few places at a time, I wish we had done the outbound journey to another city when we were in Venice! You can definitely utilise holidays too, if you actually work out when bank holidays are etc you can have a few more cheeky days than you’re allowed. I love weekend trips, I think they break up the working year really well and you have more to look forward to than just one big holiday!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      12th May 2018 / 9:57 am

      I couldn’t agree more! Xx

  3. 11th May 2018 / 5:45 pm

    This post is so useful. I’ve just found myself an office job again which means I’ll be having bank holidays off once more and can start planning around them! I’ll definitely be aiming to do more weekend breaks and local travelling once I get my finances in order x

    • chloedickenson
      12th May 2018 / 9:58 am

      So glad you found it useful Louise! Xx

  4. 14th May 2018 / 7:20 am

    I really enjoyed this and absolutely love travelling. I definitely agree with visiting multiple places at once when you can, we’re travelling Italy in June/July and doing just that visiting 5 cities during our trip xx

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

    • chloedickenson
      15th May 2018 / 8:32 am

      Ooh that sounds amazing! You’ll have the best time! Xx

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