I chose to be a part-time traveller to fulfil my passion for travelling. I haven’t always been happy with this status of part-time traveller. I’ve found myself dreaming of a nomadic life as I was reading some travel blogs. A 5-9 job rather than a 9-5 job or being stressed because of work make it harder to fulfil any passion. It makes it hard to travel a lot. But selling all we have to embark on a never-ending trip is not the only solution.

Week end trip to Moreton Island

Today, I have a full-time office job. Still, I regularly hear people saying: “You’re lucky, you’re always on holiday!” I don’t have more holidays than they do; I sometimes even have less. But I’ve found a formula that made me happy to both settle and still travel a lot.

Finding a good work/life balance is the ultimate key to being able to travel a lot with a full-time job.

So, how to find the right balance between travelling and working?

There is no easy and quick answer for that one I’m afraid. Why?

Because I don’t think there is a formula that is “right” for everyone. As individuals, we all have our own way to find our balance. And to complicate things, the right balance is only right at a particular time. We always need to adapt it during our life to keep it right.

This is how I found mine- hopefully, some bits and pieces will help you to figure out what yours is!

1. Find a region you like with a lot to explore

I am a firm believer that we don’t need to go far to be travelling. There is always something great to explore in our local region. Consider your area as a tourist destination and your weekend as a 2-day holiday. It opens an incredible amount of opportunities to travel.

I’ve found my balance by expatriating from my native country and love the experience. I have settled in Queensland, on Australia’s East Coast. Why? I love outdoor activities, and the Sunshine State climate is a perfect match for this. The number of places of interest and the variety of activities around Brisbane – and a little bit further! – are amazing.

2. Find the right job

That’s a big part of finding the right balance. It’s quite evident: a full-time job takes a lot of time and has a significant impact on the ability to travel a lot. My job is not the only reason why I want to stay where I am, but it is honestly one of the main reasons. I am not talking about job security here. I am not scared not to find another job. But my current job fills the criteria I wanted for a good work/life balance:

  • I like the variety of the missions I have and the skills I develop and the industry.
  • I work in a healthy environment where I am not stressed – although I have responsibilities.
  • I have time to travel and make travel plans. I don’t often finish late during the week and live close to my office so I have enough time for my hobbies and chores.
  • It provides me with a regular salary. Not that money is primordial to travel, but when you lack the time it does help a lot not to lack money!

It’s not by luck that I have found this position: I thought about my needs to find my balance and looked for a good match. I didn’t only look at the job description and the salary when choosing my job. When I was living in Paris, I had the number 1 criteria in this list checked (all Europe was my backyard!). Yet, my job situation wouldn’t let me enjoy it. I loved my job, but I was working from 9 to 7 with over 3 hours per day in public transport. I had no time to plan escapes for the weekend, and it killed envy. That was a good lesson.

3. Make the most out of your breaks between trips

I have switched to a different point of view than the usual workdays/weekend. What if we consider we have two days of holidays per week, with a 5-day break to recover, prepare and plan the next one?

When I am not travelling, I focus on the things I could not do if I were on the move. It makes me happy to be home. I enjoy being part of a soccer team, having close friends nearby or gardening for example. And above all, I always have the next trip to plan to keep me excited.

What about you? How are you going with finding the right balance? What’s your ideal lifestyle?

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