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Travellers Who Work Full Time: Anne

Anne of Anne Kleins Solo Travels and Adventure is a full time nurse and part time traveller from the UK, who presently loves her job and has no plans of calling it quits. She maintains the boundaries between the two pretty well. We’ve interviewed her among other travellers who work full time as a part of our weeklong initiative “Don’t Quit Your Job, And Travel” in the hope that we’ll inspire other travellers with full time jobs, that it is indeed doable.

How do you manage to squeeze  out actual travel time?

When I planned for a trip I  always consider the travel times and most of the times I booked my outbound  flights early morning  and late evening flying back so I can maximise my stay.I normally make an itinerary for my travels, each day I plan out what activities I want to see  and do, but I also consider  the weather if its indoor  or outdoor activities and always have a 2nd plan if the first plan is impossible to do and on my last day I will just wander around and do spontaneous  or random things and finalised  some photography session and some time  to buy souvenirs  to take back home.

How many trips in the past year?

Before I started travel blogging I normally  go away twice a year its either visiting  families  abroad  or just a weekend getaway. Its only May this year that  I started solo travelling, when I booked myself a week to Brussels Belgium  for my birthday  celebration also done day trips to Bruges  and Antwerp . Since then I was beaten by the travel bug as they say. Last July I  went to Norway from Haugesund,  Oslo, Stavanger to Bergen, and I’ve done my first ever hiking  to Preikestolen. Then my summer getaway I  went to Croatia, I visited Zadar, Sibenik and Split, also had a chance to go and swim at Krka Falls. For my Autumn  travels I  headed to the Baltic Region  started from Vilnius Lithuania and a day trip to Trakai, then Riga Latvia and ended up  in Tallin Estonia. I  am glad that I  started  solo travelling, it has woken up my eagerness to see more of the other side of the world, it is also  a good way of meeting up amazing people with same interest as mine, and it has enhanced my photography  skills too- those beautiful landscapes  and architectural buildings  around I  cant stopped  clicking away  my camera. As for my future travels I got  a long list, Im not sure where my wandering feet will take me next. Its only November  probably  I can still fit in two destinations, Budapest sounds good  and  Christmas  markets  in Germany  sounds even better, lets wait and see.

How do you balance your day job and blogging?

My work is my calling I  have been nursing for 16 years and up to now I enjoy it, with my work I’am lucky that I have 8 weeks holidays  per year and I  used  those times to see a little  bit of the world  at a time. I think I was born to fly and soar, seeing new beautiful  places and experiencing great activities through  my travels its a shame  not to share it to others through blogging. Through my blog I would like to encourage  others  to do solo travelling, or even though they got full time job they can still travel with their friends or family.

Has either suffered?

No. I make it a point that work and travel  blogging has boundaries, and will always keep it like that.

Ever had a breakdown or thought you bit off more than you can  chew?

I wont say it as breakdown  but there are mishaps  on my travels. Like when I was in Split Croatia at one point I  sprained  my ankle, but that didn’t   stopped  me from  wandering around  and enjoyed the stunning  views. And missing flights  but this was couple of years back when my cousins  from Italy  visited me and decided  to go to Edinburgh, we were 5 minutes late boarding since then I’ve  learned my lesson to be at the airport 2 hours  before  departure.

Do you intend  on quitting your job to travel full time?

Hmmm good question but At this point of time No, I love my full time job. Maybe ask me that question again some time in the future  I might  have change  my mind and if circumstances  change  I might consider  it.

You can check out Anne’s Blog, Google + and Facebook for more!

 

Love her story? Want to find out how you can do it? Read Don’t Quit Your Job, And Travel where you’ll find the rest of our Travellers Who Work Full Time interview series too!

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