Here are answers to some of the questions that I often get about traveling.
- Why do you travel so much?
Traveling is an interest of mine. I want to be able to see as many of the interesting things that our world has to offer in person.
- How many trips do you take in a year?
It varies, but typically anywhere from 4 to 8, depending on the trip duration, as well as the distance of the destination. This includes domestic (US) and international trips.
- How many vacation days do you have to schedule this many trips?
I get about 15 days per year to use freely, along with 10 national holidays, and use anywhere from 10-15 days of vacation time.
- How long are your trips typically?
They last anywhere from 10-13 days normally, though I have taken shorter trips than that. My longest trip since I’ve started working has been 17 days.
- Who do you travel with?
I almost always travel with my parents, because we have compatible traveling styles.
- Do you ever travel solo?
Occasionally, yes, but only to limited places. It’s usually cheaper to travel in a small group.
- Do you travel for work?
I used to several years ago, but I don’t now.
- How do you have the money for all these trips?
Since traveling is a priority for me, I set aside money every year for a few trips. Additionally, I travel in a small group (with my parents) to split the costs. I also sign up for travel rewards credit cards (within reason) to help offset some of the pricier portions of the trip, like staying in prime locations to be near sites.
- Do you do cruises?
Technically, yes, but they were either day cruises or ships with no more than 150 people. I’m not a fan of large cruise liners (aka the ones that you see going to the Caribbean), so I don’t do those.
- Why don’t you like the large cruise liners?
It’s a travel style preference. There’s nothing wrong with them, but I like being able to be immersed in a place, where I’m visiting and photographing sites very early in the morning or very late at night. I’m not sure that I’d have that option with cruises.