Kirstie of Vengale Vamos works in Digital Marketing in Sydney and confesses that while her travel may suffer because of the hours, she loves her job and has no immediate plans of giving it up. 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 was teaching English in Spain, I always had three day weekends, and Spain has enough holidays that I often had four day weekends, so I was able to fit in a lot of travels between work! Now that I’m working full-time in Sydney and am using my vacation time to visit home, I just squeeze in local weekend trips when I can. I miss the old ways!
How do you balance your day job and blogging?
Often, by the time I get home after a long day of work, I’m far too exhausted to work on my blog. Sometimes I make a point of using my lunch break or taking advantage of my more energised days to update.
Has either suffered?
My blog has a bit, since it takes lower priority. However, because I work in digital marketing, which includes managing our company’s blog, a lot of the skills I’ve learned and practiced at work can also be applied to my travel blog.
Ever had a breakdown or thought you bit off more than you can chew?
Not a serious breakdown, but, yes, I’ve certainly been overwhelmed by stress when things have gotten especially busy. In those cases, I tell myself not to worry about my blog, since it’s more of a hobby than anything.
Do you intend on quitting your job to travel full time?
I’d love to one day, at least for a short while, and it is entirely possible, but I’m committed to my current job and life for now! We’ll see how it goes in the future.
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!