Traveling With A Full-Time Job by Danielle Desir

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With the release of every new book, I share an excerpt on the podcast. In this episode, I read excerpts from Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 of my newest release Traveling With A Full-Time Job. In Chapter 2, we address the elephant in the room. We discuss the challenges many face trying to find the time to travel with traditional nine-to-five jobs. And in Chapter 3, I encourage readers to address any limiting beliefs they may have so we can come up with effective solutions. Remember, time is your biggest asset. Now start treating it like one!

If you enjoyed this episode, order a copy of Traveling With A Full-Time Job on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Rakuten Kobo.

Don’t forget with your purchase, you also get access to a bonus video featuring four avid travelers who share advice for managing your time and why pursuing your career should not hold you back from traveling the world.


Next listen to Episode 50 where I read the introduction of Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers.

Also, if you are an aspiring author, check out Episode 51 where I share my top tips for new authors.

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Tips for traveling with a full-time job The Thought Card Podcast

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Can you travel the world with a 9 to 5 job? While I certainly think it’s possible, don’t take my word for it. To celebrate the release of my third book Traveling With A Full-Time Job, I’m sharing an audio clip from the bonus video which accompanies the book. In this episode, four avid travelers share tips for traveling with a full-time job, advice for managing their time, and what it takes to honestly do both. A very special thank you to Kay Kingsman, JoAnna Niles, Christopher Rudder, and Rachel Elizabeth. Connect with each of them down below.

Traveling With A Full-Time Job and the bonus video is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rakuten kobo, and Scribd. Also, read the first chapter for free here!

In this episode we cover:

  • The challenges of traveling with a full-time job.
  • Why we haven’t taken the leap to quit our jobs and travel the world.
  • Advice for those who want to travel often with a career.

Meet The Travel Experts

Tips For Traveling With A Full-Time Job Panel

Rachel Elizabeth

Website: https://blondwayfarer.com/

Instagram: @blondwayfarer

Facebook: @blondwayfarer

Twitter: @blondwayfarer

JoAnna Niles

Website: https://joannae.com/

Instagram: @joannaen

Facebook: @joannaeblog

Twitter: @joannaeblog

Christopher Rudder

Website: https://rudderlesstravel.com/

Instagram: @rudderless_trvl

Facebook: rudderless.travel

Twitter: @Rudderless_TRVL

Check out this episode where Chris and I share what we’ve learned from attending the travel blogging conference TBEX.

Kay Kingsman

Website: https://www.theawkwardtraveller.com/

Facebook: @awktravels

Twitter: @awktravels

How our travels have changed since the pandemic on The Thought Card Podcast.

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The way we travel has changed dramatically since the Coronavirus outbreak. In this bonus episode, Kyle and I candidly share how our travels have changed since the pandemic, how we plan to travel in the future, and things to consider if you decide to hit the road.

While traveling right now is a personal choice, we feel comfortable with exploring smaller, rural cities 3-4 hours from home. Although we are avoiding air and train travel (unless a necessity), we are excited about road trips and staying at privately owned rental properties.

My biggest takeaway from visiting Vermont during the pandemic is to be flexible, take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy, and to only do what you’re comfortable with.

Wondering how we find the time to travel with full-time jobs? Order a copy of Traveling With A Full-Time Job, a how-to guide packed with helpful advice for making the best use of your limited vacation time.

Visiting Vermont During the Pandemic: What You Should When Planning Your Trip
Hiking Green Mountain Forest in Vermont!

In this episode we cover:

  • [2:00] How we’re thinking about air travel during the pandemic.
  • [5:00] Benefits of road trips.
  • [6:50] Hotels vs. Airbnb.
  • [9:15] How to find things to do and restaurants while traveling.
  • [10:55] Things to pack during the pandemic:
    • Face masks
    • Hand sanitizers
    • Tissues
    • Gloves
    • Water and snacks
  • [13:25] Our predictions for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

Helpful Travel Planning Resources

Get $35 off your first Airbnb rental including unique stays, entire homes, cabins and more.

Waze: Get driving directions and road alerts with this navigation app.

How has your travels changed during the pandemic?


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The Thought Card Membership offers the tools, resources, and mentor access you need to crush your travel and financial goals. Learn what inspired me to create this membership here.

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Things to do in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

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While Kyle and I have written-off international travel for the rest of the year due to the pandemic, it hasn’t stopped us from exploring our local area and planning a domestic getaway. In August, we spent four days exploring the rural areas of Shaftsbury, Vermont. While we usually pick accommodations based on the destination we’re visiting, we ditched our original plans after finding this cozy log cabin on Airbnb. While visiting Vermont during the pandemic, we spent lots of time outdoors, wandered around town, and wore masks in public. Did I mention we also saw a Black Bear right in our backyard?

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*In this episode, I mentioned visiting Southeast Vermont, we actually visited Southwest Vermont.

In this episode we cover:

The things we loved about The Green Mountain State and how we planned a trip to Vermont during the pandemic.

  • Our favorite things about our trip to Vermont.
  • Why we picked Vermont as our travel destination.
  • Fun things we enjoyed doing in Shaftsbury, Vermont including:

Check out the photos from our Vermont getaway.

Did you enjoy this episode? Listen to our other episodes recorded while traveling.


Work With Me

Join The Thought Card Membership to get access to the session How To Plan Local Adventures During the Pandemic and all upcoming virtual events and videos for financially savvy travelers. 

The Thought Card Membership offers the tools, resources, and mentor access you need to crush your travel and financial goals. Learn what inspired me to create this membership here.

Back to Basics Budgeting Course: https://thoughtcard.thinkific.com/

New book by Danielle Desir "Affording Travel".

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In this episode, I share the behind the scenes of writing my new book Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers. From how to adjust your priorities to the best micro-savings apps to help you save even more money for your next vacation, in this book I detail step-by-step how to make travel a financial priority in your life. This is the perfect read for financially savvy travelers, budget travelers and money nerds. In this episode, I also read an excerpt from the introduction.

Want to hear even more about my new book? Read my book announcement here.

How to save for travel?
Take control of your finances and learn how to plan your next adventure!

Did you enjoy this episode? Grab a copy of Affording Travel on Amazon today!

Remember, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free!

Recent “Affording Travel” Mentions and Accolades

“Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers” was the #1 New Release in “Budget Travel” on Amazon in February 2020.

“Affording Travel” was featured in The Master Playbook’s personal finance books by African-American authors! What an incredible honor!

I was featured in I Luv 2 Globe Trot’s list of Black Travel Bloggers You Should Be Following for Black History Month and my book was mentioned as well.


Next listen to Episode 35 Practical Tips for Saving Money in Iceland. Follow along by reading pages 40-43 of my Iceland travel guide “Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure.”

Tips for planning a trip to China

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In this episode, Kyle and I share tips for planning a trip to China and our favorite highlights. We booked our ten-day China tour with UTO Vacation for $299 per person. Yes, that’s right, only $299 per person! This included round-trip airfare from New York City, 4-star hotels, an English speaking tour guide, complimentary breakfast daily, and admission to some iconic attractions like the Great Wall of China.

Want to make travel a financial priority? Grab a copy of my new book Affording Travel.

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Things to Know about the China UTO Vacation Tour

Although this was an insanely cheap trip, it’s important to note that this is primarily a sight-seeing and shopping tour. There are designated local shopping stops in each city (Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi, Suzhou and Hangzhou), and you will likely spend hours at each site. There is no obligation to buy anything.

How to Plan a Trip to China

Thing to Pack

  • Bring a couple rolls of toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pepto Bismol caplets or antacid medication used to treat diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and nausea.
  • Pollution face mask
  • Portable power bank for electronics
  • Chinese phrase book
  • Express VPN will help you bypass China’s firewall which prevents you from using Google, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Challenges in China

  • Language barrier – most people do not speak English in China.
  • Because of “the Great Firewall of China”, access to Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and more are blocked.
  • Be careful if you have any dietary restrictions. Always confirm what you’re eating. It’s common to find meat and eggs in your food.

Our Favorite Foods in China

  • Dumplings
  • Noodles
  • Stinky tofu
  • Peking duck
  • Mongolian hot pot

Our Top Experiences in China

  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Forbidden City
  • Night cruise on the Huangpu River to see the Shanghai lights show
  • Chinatown in Shanghai (great for foodies)
  • West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Dragon Well Tea tasting at the Longjing Green Tea village
  • Shanghai maglev train 

Want to hear more episodes from our adventures around the world?

The Thought Card Podcast live from The Great Wall of China.

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Back in December, Kyle and I spent an incredible ten days exploring five cities in China. Climbing The Great Wall of China was one of the memorable experiences we had (there were so many). In this episode, we share what to expect and our thoughts from the top of the Juyongguan Great Wall, the closest section to Beijing.

Our Great Wall of China One Day Itinerary

On our way to the Great Wall of China, we visited the Beijing Jade Factory, where we learned about the jade making process and how to tell if jade is real or not. Here you can also shop all sorts of jade jewelry and decorations. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as “Yu”, and it has a history of four thousand years in China. Next, we climbed the Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders of the world. We ended the day at the Chinese Herbal Institute, where we learned about traditional Chinese medicine.

What to Bring in Winter

  • Water and snacks (remember you shouldn’t drink from the tap in China)
  • Wear layers but be prepared to take them off during hike 
  • Sneakers or sturdy shoes 
  • Small backpack or bag for valuables
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Power bank to charge electronics – I recommend Anker PowerCore
  • Warm gloves for scaling walls  
  • Cash for souvenirs, photos and hot chocolate

Want to make travel a financial priority in your life? Learn how with my newest book, Affording Travel which shares step by step how to save for a travel abundant lifestyle.

Tangia Renne Travel and Wellness Series on The Thought Card and The Skin You're In Podcast. Learn how to get back in your routine after a trip.

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This is Part III of the Travel and Wellness Series with Tangia Renee, the host of Skin You’re In Podcast. Tangia Renee is a women’s empowerment speaker, Certified Personal Trainer and coach. She helps women prioritize self-care and break up with diet culture. In this episode we chat about how to adjust to being back home after a trip.

Also, sign up for my upcoming goal setting workshop where we will chat all about setting and prioritizing financial goals for 2020 and beyond.

A special thank you to my Patreon community for supporting the show!

Don’t miss Part I and II of the series:

Part I: How to Stay Healthy While on Vacation

Part II: Planning a Trip with Wellness in Mind

In this episode we cover:

  • How to get back into your routine after a trip without feeling overwhelmed or getting sick
  • Why you should review your travel expenses and do a post-trip debrief

Resources Mentioned

Why You Need a Travel Fund

Trail Wallet

Connect with Tangia Renee

Website: https://www.tangiarenee.com

Podcast: The Skin You’re In Podcast

Facebook: @theskinyoureinpodcast

Instagram: @SkinYoureInPod


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Tangia Renne Travel and Wellness Series on The Thought Card and The Skin You're In Podcast. Learn how to get back in your routine after a trip.

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This is Part II of the Travel and Wellness Series with Tangia Renee, the host of The Skin You’re In Podcast. Tangia Renee is a women’s empowerment speaker, Certified Personal Trainer and coach. She helps women prioritize self-care and break up with diet culture. In this episode, we chat about how to make wellness conscious decisions and more.

A special thank you to my Patrons!

In this episode we cover:

  • How to budget for trips
  • Tips for prioritizing your values and aligning your spending
  • How to pick travel destinations
  • How to find gyms nearby to your accommodation
  • Hotels vs hostels
  • What to pack to protect your health when you travel

Resources Mentioned

Connect with Tangia Renee

Website: https://www.tangiarenee.com

Podcast: The Skin You’re In Podcast

Facebook: @theskinyoureinpodcast

Instagram: @SkinYoureInPod

Travel tips for prioritizing wellness with Tangia Renee.

How do you manage your money on a trip and prioritize your wellness?


If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about travel and wellness, check out Episode 41: Travel and Wellness with Tangia Renee – this is Part I of the Travel and Wellness Series.

Tangia Renne Travel and Wellness Series on The Thought Card and The Skin You're In Podcast. Learn how to get back in your routine after a trip.

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Taking care of your mind and body is very important when you travel. That is why I invited Tangia Renee, the host of The Skin You’re In Podcast on the show. The Skin You’re In is a podcast about demystifying all things wellness, health, and fitness for women to love their bodies, prioritize their wellness, and finally feel incredible in their own skin.

Tangia Renee is a women’s empowerment speaker, Certified Personal Trainer and coach. She helps women prioritize self-care and break up with diet culture. In this episode, we chat bout travel and wellness – how to set intentions for your wellness on a trip and ways to better manage your money.

Want to save more for travel? Save your spare change with Digit.

In this episode we cover:

  • What to do on vacation to stay healthy
  • Things to pack for your wellness
  • How to not go over board
  • Should you workout or not

Connect with Tangia Renee

Website: https://www.tangiarenee.com

Podcast: The Skin You’re In Podcast

Facebook: @theskinyoureinpodcast

Instagram: @SkinYoureInPod

How do you maintain your health and wellness on the road?


If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about why having a travel fund is important, check out Episode 2: Why You Need a Travel Fund.

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