Other ways you can travel without quitting your job
My ways do not apply to everyone. We do not have the same job, the same employer, and the same situation. What I blogged on the previous page is how I personally traveled without quitting my job. These other ways might be applicable for every situations.
Do weekend trips
Traveling does mean going overseas! A beach trip 4 hours from your place is still traveling! Whether it is in the province or a nearby city, as long as you can enjoy yourself, it is traveling. Going Friday night and coming back Monday morning or Sunday night to travel won’t hurt. Last year, I spent 3 months using every weekend to go to the beach and province. I’ve been to Mindoro, Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Baguio, Cebu, and a lot more places taking advantage of the weekend. It’s fun because you don’t need to use your leave credit and you won’t need to be unpaid on your absence. Use every weekend to feed your traveling soul.
Use your vacation leaves practically
Be clever and use your VLs not because you are tired to go to work or you want to meet your friends for dinners. Most companies grant 12 days of paid vacation leaves per year. You can use it to add on a weekend or a holiday. For example, you can use your 5 VLs starting Monday! That means that you can have a week off counting the weekends. With that 7 days, you can go to nearby countries to travel while still getting paid. You can also add the remaining 7 VLs before or after a paid Christmas leave to have more than a week of spare time. You can have an amazing Bangkok (Oh, how I dream of going to BKK!) or Indonesia trip with that!
Learn to negotiate
When you have already used up all your VLs (please spread your VLs throughout the whole year! Do not use it in one go!), you can then negotiate with your employer. You can ask if they can do overtime and instead of monetary compensation, ask them if it can be converted to a day off instead. Or, you can trade your 13th month pay for a week or two of unpaid leave! This is give and take and you can’t expect that you will still keep your working perks and have a longer vacation. That’s the beauty of life, knowing what you want and your priorities and giving up something to do it.