Now that I have started a new job and work full time, life has been a little bit busier than we are used to. But with the airline benefits we get through Justin’s job, we know this is the time in our life where we want to take advantage of traveling! It’s our passion – we love to travel. However, sometimes life is too busy- and that is ok! Here’s a breakdown of what I have learned when it comes to traveling non-rev (the standby tickets we get with flight benefits) and being a full time worker:
Take advantage of your weekends
If you are working a 9-5, you know that time off is luxury. It is easy to get swept up with responsibilities, work, friends, and family; however, you need to make sure that you are taking time for you. Whether that means taking a vacation with you and your husband, going on a weekend getaway with some friends, or going on a solo trip, taking advantage of time off is always a good idea. It gives time to catch up, go on new adventures, and spend some extra-quality time together.
Take advantage of the moments
I recently was talking with a friend who explained that when he traveled with his family, they would constantly be going to the next destination. He was saying how they would stop somewhere really amazing but then get rushed to the next place and not have the chance to really take in the beauty of where they were.
When Justin and I travel, we love to see everything we can. But it is also important to take the time and enjoy your surroundings, take in the little things, and be able to have enough time to enjoy where you are. Enjoy the moments, even if it’s the car ride to the airport, they all make up the experience of the trip! (sounds cheesy but it’s true!)
Bring your friends!
Now if you have a big family like me, this is not always easy with the amount of standby tickets we get. But if you have some extras, why not bring your friends along for the ride? By doing this, you are able to invest in your friendships, build some new memories, and have a fun getaway together! Find a destination that you all will enjoy!
Find destinations that are not too popular
If you have the luxury of needing to make it back for work on Monday, weekend trips flying non-rev can sometimes be a stress. If you are going to destinations that are in season or big tourist spots, flights will fill up fast. It might be a good idea to find a time that you can take a few days off instead. Why not use this time to travel somewhere you wouldn’t normally think about going? Is there a random place that is a quick flight to get to that you have always wanted to see? Look some things up online- a lot of non-popularized states are full of hidden places!
You don’t have to travel every chance you get
With airline benefits, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to constantly travel. Although we do – and we love traveling, we have been seeing the importance of being home too. When you travel with all of your free time, you do not have the chance to really develop your home relationships, have rest, and recuperate for the coming week (unless it’s somewhere tropical 😉 ) Also, catching flights non-rev can often be draining, and not always how I want to start my weeks off. So use your time home wisely and build up some energy for your next, exciting trip!