All the time during lockdown made me think how what I want to do with my future - so I'm looking forward to hearing your perspectives on this:
I love travelling and didn't get that many chances to go far away yet (my parents don't travel and I had to fully finance myself from early on). I'm especially keen on slow travel by train and boat. One of my travel dreams is to go from London to Sydney without flying.
At the same time I enjoy the career I just started. I finished my Masters last year, got a job I really like and plan to do a PhD and start a career in academia. Unfortunately, this field is really work intensive and I don't know anyone who managed to take longer breaks to travel. Now I am wondering how to balance these interests in the future. I don't see myself working as a freelancer or travel blogger full time as I don't think this is where my skills are. But there must be another opportunity or career that allows me to use my skills (research, project management, knowledge on environmental policy) and move on with my career while allowing me to travel for longer periods of time.
Do you have any ideas? How to you balance travelling and your everyday live/job/study? Would love to hear your stories :)
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This is exactly why I choose to become a classroom teacher! The salary is quite good, although it is capped. I thought this was worth it with 7 weeks every summer available for travel as the bonus. It means that later in life I can move to lecturing or research if I feel that I need a bigger challenge.
I'm a spanish and literature teacher in my country, I have an independent publishing house and very big dreams... I personally decided not to go into the academy here in Chile because there isn´t many work opportunities and weren´t very compatible with my life plans. Being a teacher would allow me to work in my country and abroad, it was definitely the best decision for me. And my independent publishing house allows me to combine it with full-time work, and when I decide to resign for long term travel, I can continue with that project remotely. My dream is to travel all arround Latin America, but with the economic deficiencies that I have, I plan to work as a Spanish teacher in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, occupying working holiday visas to save money to give me at least 2 sabbatical years of travel in Latinoamerica.
I recommend that you always think about the flexibility of your skills and knowledge, not only the money you need to later resign, because if you really enjoy life traveling, you will want to combine work and pleasure and see if its gives you the joy needed to continue persuing your dreams.
Thank you @Lauren ! I'm relieved to hear that this is possible :) I'll keep my eyes open for ways to add some travel to my future work then.
Hi! So I am in academia and it's definitely possible. Sabbaticals are great, and you do tend to have periods of time when you don't need to physically be in any place so, like James said, that allows you to get any work done remotely. When I finished my dissertation research, I spent a few months traveling and most days would take about half the day to do data analysis 😊
Thank you @James ! That sounds really interesting! How did you about this? Were you able to stay with your previous employer or did you change jobs? I'm not sure how viable this is in academia - most likely I'll also teach which makes it difficult to be away. But it could be a great opportunity over the summer months. And to me this seems like something worth considering early in my career, before I get stuck with a job or career path that is too rigid for travels like this.
Have you considered working remotely? I don't know how viable it is in your career and, as you've just started it, it probably isn't possible until you've got more experience. I've been doing my traditional job (accountant) remotely for almost two years now. Since then I've been travelling around Asia the whole time and working from anywhere that has good enough Wi-Fi (usually hostels, coworking spaces or coffee shops). It does put limitations on career development but life has become far more enjoyable!