‘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!
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.
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…