Nowadays, travelling has become more of a self-care method than a luxury. It's a getaway from everything fast-paced and tedious, and so we should allow ourselves to indulge in it once in a while. That, and the fact that once you’re hit by the 'travel bug', the desire to visit new places only gets stronger — trust us, we've been there!
But if we're getting real here, time is usually not on our side. A jam-packed calendar is the most common reason why you can't book that ticket, but what if we tell you that we can definitely sort things out? Satisfy your wanderlust by applying these tips on how to make time for more travel.
New year, new travel plans
Since we're talking about time, it's best to get this question out of the way: when is the best month to do travel planning? The answer is at the beginning of the year. It's a clean slate, everything is on the table, and chances are you already know what goes on in your annual routine. Take note of the time periods that you can travel when work is not at its peak and schedule travel dates in advance to make sure it's already set before you get caught in the busyness of the daily grind.
Try the fly-in-fly-out technique
Take advantage of long weekends
Iffy to use up your vacation leaves? Save them up by taking advantage of long weekends when planning short-distance travels and road trips. This gives you an option to use your vacation leave to extend your holiday weekend or for longer travels in the future.
Maximise your trip by travelling during the off-season
Travelling during the festive season can be fun — everybody thinks so. That's why it also means a hectic period because just like you, everyone wants to be out and about during this time of year. So travel smart and make sure you maximise your trip by staying in during the holidays or going on off-the-beaten-track trips to get away from tourist congestion. Trust us, not only are off-season trips better for photos but they also give a better exploring experience.
Not all destinations should be ones that require a plane ride. Look up places that you can easily access without having to fly out or take long leaves. Remember that travelling for the sake of your well-being should cause you relief and not more stress, so if you can only accommodate chill road trips and short-distance travels, don't sweat the small and superficial stuff and just go for it!