Finding Time to Travel with a Full Time Job

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd

Julie and I love to travel which should come as no surprise,  after all, it’s why we started this travel blog. We love sharing our experiences, and hope that we can encourage more people to get out there and explore the world!

One of the most common issues we’ve come across when planning our trips, is how to schedule around our work commitments. We both have full time jobs which are our primary focus (bills have to get paid!), so we often need to get creative and plan our vacations well in advance. Life is all about finding balance, right? In particular, Julie’s teaching schedule is such that we have two open periods for longer trips. Summer, the peak and busiest of travel seasons. And winter, where depending on the destination, there’s a chance you may encounter some rough weather. The key for us, is making the most of every available opportunity to travel, no matter the size of the trip. Here’s how we do that.

Day Trips

These are the easiest to plan since they can be worked out only days in advance, or even the morning of. While not necessarily as exciting as a multi-week vacation, a day trip can help satisfy the travel itch until you have time to plan for something larger.

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Pasadena City Hall

As residents of Southern California, day trips are plentiful and I consider anything within roughly a 1-3 hour drive to be a viable day trip. Realistically, this could be pushed even further if you really want to extend yourself (Vegas is only 3.5-4 hours depending on traffic), but shorter distances are ideal for day trips. They’re also easy to plan and typically won’t break the bank. Some of our favorite recent day trips include Julian, Pasadena, and Idyllwild.

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Idyllwild, Ca

Weekend Getaways

Weekend getaways are great because in essence, they feel like mini vacations. And I’ve said before, these are the trips that keep us relatively sane and at ease while we wait impatiently for the big vacations. You can realistically go just about anywhere for a short weekend trip. For us, a weekend trip means we work our normal Friday (maybe leaving a little early depending on the destination), and return home on Sunday. On a short weekend such as this, we tend to focus on local, Southern California destinations: San Diego, Palm Desert, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and so forth to name a few.

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Solvang, CA

Extended Weekends

An extended weekend usually includes a holiday of some sort and giving you that extra day or two needed for a longer getaway. Ideally, these are anywhere from three to five day excursions, depending on how much time off work you can sneak in.

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Golden Gate Bridge

With a long weekend, you can pretty much go anywhere both in and out of state, your heart desires. This is the perfect time to take a short flight to a destination where you won’t lose an entire day to travel.For us, this means mostly staying on the West Coast. Limited or no time changes and easy to get to early enough to include a full day’s worth of activities upon arrival. Though these trips may cost a bit more, they are also some of the most fun! Great options include: Yosemite, Big Sur, San Francisco, and more.

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Yosemite Valley

Vacations & Big Trips

The crème de la crème, and our favorite trips to take. The BIG, week or two week (or more) trips that really let you release your worries and escape to a new part of the world. We do everything we can to take two of these every year. They require a good deal of advance planning and savings, but the payoff is oh so worth everything that goes into making these trips a reality. In four years together, Julie and I have had some great adventures and we have more upcoming! A few of our favorite vacations to date: Boston, Europe, driving up the California Coast, and I’m sure we’ll be adding more to this very soon.

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The Isle of Skye, Scotland
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The Millennium Bridge & St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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