‘Part-time travel’ is a phrase that’s been bandied around the travel blogging community for some time now. It’s also been the focus of our travel blog, our ‘niche’ as the community likes to say, from the get-go.

However, recently it’s begun to dawn on me that every time I talk about part-time travel I find I have to explain it, and that in reality, it’s a bit of a daft phrase that few outside of the travel ‘blogosphere’ really use.

This has come to the forefront of my mind lately as the Ladies What Travel (LWT) team has been talking about improving our content and website. We’ve been discussing more and more about the topics we want to write about and the words we use, and it’s made us go back to basics and ask ‘what exactly is part-time travel anyway?!’


What exactly is part-time travel?

Well duh, it’s travelling, just part-time! Daytrips and weekend breaks, short getaways through to long-haul holidays – these are all forms of part-time travel that we embrace. And most importantly, these are the words that ‘normal’ people use to describe it.

The majority of people that love travel do it ‘part-time’ – there are only a small number of people that are in the position to travel for extended periods at a time, or fully embrace a nomadic existence. The reality is that mortgages, careers, children or just a homebody heart mean most of us need or want a base.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t travel. Instead we find a way to feed our wanderlust by squeezing in as many trips as our annual leave allows!

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Travel when and how you can

As my income has risen (and I’ve become more savvy about booking travel, accommodation and the like), I’ve managed to go from one holiday a year to two long-weekends, a week-long summer holiday with the kids and a main two-week holiday to far flung locations.

Sadly, it looks like boring real-world things like rising Council Tax and stupid Brexit messing up the exchange rate may mean we’ll need to rein in the amount of trips for the next few years, but as and when finances allow, we’ll be sure to continue our part-time travel adventures.

Looking out from the top of Bran Castle - also known as Dracula's castle, even though there's no proof Vlad the Impaler ever visited!

What part-time travel means to me

So there you have it, that’s what part-time travel means ­– to me, at least. If you think differently I’d love to hear your views! It’s something I love, and something I’d definitely choose over extended travel, as I explained in my article Why I Choose Part-Time Travel Over Nomadic Life.

Here come the daytrips, getaways, weekend breaks and summer holidays!

Here at LWT, we’re going to continue extolling the virtues of ‘part-time travel’ but actually talk about it in a more helpful, inclusive way, using words that everyone uses!

Expect us to talk more about weekend breaks, daytrips, getaways, summer holidays, annual leave and long-haul trips as we move forward, but just so you know, I’m not willing to let go of the term ‘affordable luxury’ just yet…


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14 thoughts on “What Exactly Is Part-Time Travel Anyway?

  1. Totally agree with this Keri – such a silly phrase for anyone that isn’t living the nomadic life! Just a shame the change in exchange rates will scupper our plans but here’s to plenty more travel in whatever way, shape or time we can!

    1. I really hope it doesn’t get too bad Shikha, I get a little depressed when I think of having to rein in the travels, first world problems, huh?! x

  2. I agree with you completely. We travel as often as we can while still holding a job and a house and kids and all that stuff. Sometimes I toy with the idea of traveling full time but it’s just not realistic for us for many different reasons. #wanderfulwednesday

  3. As much as I love travel, I couldn’t live a nomadic life. I think it’s great to have a home base to come back to after a trip 🙂

  4. I’m also a part-time traveller, and I savour all the trips – big or small- that I can make! Sometimes I think that I’d like to travel full-time, but I also enjoy having a home to go to. I just need to make it so that I have more freedom to travel whenever I want 🙂

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