My work and travel secret weapon: The 10 Day Trip

As long as I’ve been doing this traveling thing, I’ve been focused on balancing travel with other obligations. In college, I studied abroad during the summers so I could be in town during fall and spring semesters to take my core courses that weren’t offered elsewhere. Since I entered the work world in 2013, I’ve been focused on finding the most efficient way to travel internationally using my limited vacation days. I’ve done quite a bit of firsthand research to figure out how to maximize my time abroad while minimizing my vacation days used. Ultimately, I’ve managed to visit 11 countries while holding down a full time job in finance since graduating from college 4 years ago. So how exactly do I pull this off?

My secret weapon, of course!

And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Continue reading “My work and travel secret weapon: The 10 Day Trip”

Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity

There are a lot of great things about working and traveling.

Figuring out how to make the things you want to prioritize in your life work together is an important and universally applicable lesson. On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive to attempt multiple trips a year while holding down a full-time job… and I won’t say it’s always easy. But I will say that if I’m making it work, you can too.

One of the most important aspects of balancing work with travel, in my opinion, is that you have to drop all your preconceived notions. And in planning my most recent trip abroad with two of my friends, I realized that one of these notions that needs to be dropped is the idea that you can only truly experience a new place in the world if you experience it spontaneously. Continue reading “Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity”

The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline

So I’ve missed a couple blog posts… but my time was productively spent! We’ve officially booked every stay and every train ticket for our upcoming trip to Austria, Germany and Hungary next month. Coupled with the flights we purchased earlier this year, we’re officially DONE.

Well…. we aren’t completely done, but we are done with all the things we like to get planned ahead of time. So how exactly did we do it?

How do we make decisions on what to plan and what to leave to chance?

What is our trip planning timeline? Continue reading “The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline”

How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time

The internet is full of travel bloggers who live on the road long term, and I love reading their stories and seeing their pictures. I think that living abroad would be the ultimate adventure, and I hope that I have the chance to have that adventure someday.

However, that day is not today.

Today, I worked 8 hours in my Nashville office. While I probably stared at a computer too much and definitely sat too long, my work had a direct impact on people’s lives. Figuring out creative ways to help small businesses may not sound quite as exciting as spending the day drinking from a coconut in Thailand, but I actually think of both as adventures…. just different types of adventures.

Unfortunately, my adventure here in nonprofit micro finance land offers limited vacation time to pursue my adventures abroad. So how do I balance my day job with travel? Continue reading “How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time”

Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans

Since it is officially March (how in the world did that happen?), inquisitive minds everywhere are wondering: why in the world hasn’t Sarah Going gone anywhere yet in 2017?

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that trip plans are well underway… and I’ll be heading to Germany, Hungary and Austria in April!

This is a particularly exciting trip for me, because it includes several firsts. Continue reading “Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans”

Planning a trip to Europe on a week’s notice

Just a few short months ago, I worked on a team that stayed so busy it was difficult to get even a day of vacation time approved. As an incurable world traveler, I felt a bit like I was being suffocated: I didn’t see a light at the end of the busy season that would result in me or anyone on my team being able to get a consecutive week of vacation days, and my brand new passport’s complete lack of stamps was keeping me awake at night.

When the time came to prepare to start my new job in Nashville, I knew that I would need to work for several months there prior to taking any big trips abroad (to learn the new position and also not be that girl who pawns her work off on teammates and jets off to Europe before anyone even knows her name).

So I did what any sane globetrotter in my position would do: I put in 2 weeks notice at work and planned my start date at the new job for 3 and a half weeks out.

Continue reading “Planning a trip to Europe on a week’s notice”