What if I helped you create travel planner 2017 so that you can travel for more than 4 months Would you still say "I wish I could travel like you." As people have often told me. Or will you still lament "And how am I going to fund my travels if I don't have a job" Everyone I talk to seems to be saying same or similar things. They can't travel because they have a job which (for whatever reason) they can't quit.
Although I do understand that not everyone can do what I did after this trip in 2011, I also honestly believe that people can travel a lot more if they actually put in the efforts to do so. Without quitting their jobs. All it needs is a little planning. And yes, I keep my travel planning to the minimum but had I limited amount of time to travel, I sure would have planned better.
With the year 2016 coming to an end it is the perfect time to create your own travel planner for 2017. And with a little bit of foresight and efforts, you can travel more than 4 months. And I'm sure even if you hit the road on half of that, most of you travel more than what you did in 2016. Let me put a disclaimer here that this post is India specific for a bit. But there's no reason why the same principle cannot be applied by anybody anywhere in the world. So here's how to go about it.
1. Create your own Travel Planner 2017
It so happens that 2017 is a great year in terms a number of holidays that can be clubbed with the weekend for you get and extended break from work. Here's a sample holiday planner 2017 that I made. Based on your city or state or country you reside in (or your employer) you can tweak it a bit
Travel planner 2017
As you can see a little bit of holiday planning and applying for leaves you can already travel for almost 6 weeks. However, that is not all. An average employer in India offers at least 3 days of paid holidays a year. Assuming you have already a week of those with the long weekend above, you still have 2 more weeks in your kitty to travel.
And then you can also add 39 weekends left (excluding the 13 long weekends above). That's another 78 days. A bit of simple math and you realise have to 131 days to spend on the road. Yes. You read that right!!! 133 days. That's more than 4 months. How best you can/want to utilise it, is completely up to you.
2. Make a list of places you want to travel
Having an idea where you want to go is essential. This is because for people with day jobs have certain limitation. I'm not talking about planning what to do at a given place. But more about where you want to go. My style of travel (and recommendation) is to just stick to one destination. For e.g. I would never do Delhi-Agra-Jaipur in a 4-day trip. Although a lot of people do. I'll just stick to one. Not only is it less physically demanding, but also helps me explore a given destination at a slower place. It also saves you the trouble of planning commute between destinations, accommodations etc. Just have book a return ticket to the place you want to go to. That's it. I suggest you take the flexibility of not having to plan your travels further than that. And then work your way around the destination from there.