How I Travelled to 8 Countries in 1 Year with Little Vacation Time

Utilize public holidays

First, find out the public holidays for the year. E.g. Singapore’s 2014 Public Holidays

Pack your schedule

1 city and 4 islands, how much time would you need? What usually takes 2–3 weeks to visit, I did it in only 5 days. With a return to/from Phuket, I also went to Ko Phi Phi, Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao. Basically I was in a different place almost every day. In one day I went from Ko Samui to Ko Tao to Ko Phangan.

Perth, Hua Hin, Ko Phi Phi and Taipei

Unpaid leave

If taking one or two days unpaid leave won’t make you starve, it’s good idea to extend your vacation.

Work extra hours

To make up for the time I missed at work for travelling, I did extra work in the evenings, late nights or weekends.

Work remotely

Being able to work remotely is one of the advantages being in the IT industry. I was able to do work when I went back home for 2 weeks in Vancouver.

Consider a career change

Besides working remotely, there are options with more flexibility to travel. For example, online business owners, flight attendants, pilots, sales agents, writers and photographers either travel for work or have flexible work schedules.

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Jenny Shen

Jenny Shen

UX Consultant specializing in international growth strategy, localization and cross-cultural design. Hire me to grow your business! More info @ jennyshen.com