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.
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!