What does everyone do about their jobs?
I'm curious what everyone does about their jobs while travelling around the world. Are you between jobs, do you quit, use vacation leave?
I've only done a couple of multi-month trips. The first was 2 months in Ireland, done while I was a university student, and conveniently had summers off. It was supposed to be 4 months, but I ran out of money early...the downside of student travel.
The second long trip, 5 months to overland from Egypt to Hungary, plus some stops in Malta, Paris and London, was a year after I finished school. I worked a crap job for exactly 50 weeks while living with my parents. Then I quit and went traveling. When I came back, I found a better job that put me on a career track, and have had golden handcuffs ever since, taking at most 3 weeks of vacation at a time.
Mid-career, you really only have two options for long trips:
- Talk your boss into giving you an extended unpaid leave
- I talked to my manager (A long time before I planned to go) about unpaid leave and they offered me a 2-3 month break aslong as I fitted it in between projects. The benefit to this is that I would have a job to come back to when I was done.
- I could resign and find a new job when ever I come back, this is the option I went with, this has given me a lot more freedom, I'm not going to be travelling around thinking that I've got to be home by a certain date or worrying about how things are going back at work.
I'll likely have to move back in with my parents when I come back to the UK but atleast I've got the freedom to do what I want while I'm away, I could even find a job out there and never have to come back.
Last Friday i quit a very comfortable well paid career orientated flexible job.
I have given them 4 weeks notice and on April 16th i am leaving Sydney to London.
From there i have no idea where and what i am doing, i just know i have to see the world. I am 30 years old, i have very little travel experience except for a 5 week Europe holiday 2 years ago that made me realize that travelling is something i MUST do.
I spoke with my boss also about unpaid leave and he was happy for 3 months unpaid plus 6 weeks of paid leave. I nearly accepted it..
Lets face it 4 1/2 months travelling is plenty of time to do a lot.
There were literally thousands of reasons why i should of taken it. But another two thousand better reasons why i didn't.
I suppose it is personal preference. I need to be free from work and all that is associated with it. I am at a period of my life where CHANGE is a must.
It has taken me 2 years to finally take the plunge and seriously it is an amazing feeling but also a bit of anxiety is creeping up.
As for you, people will tell you that you are crazy to leave your job, that it is irresponsible. It is entirely up to you, however i weighed it up and thought if i want to see the world then i have to be free of any responsibilities. 5 weeks was great but it added a real bad depression when i got home.
Anyway good luck in whatever you decide to do. Life is very short. So live for the NOW.
Long story, but when we came back, the same company hired me again. I gave then plenty of notice - I told my manager months before I actually left so that we could start planning, so I left on good terms. They understood that this was a personal thing and I wasn't leaving the company because I didn't like it. I don't think quitting is a big deal, but you need to do it in such a way that you can still get a good recommendation when you return (if you want to work in the same industry).
Drop, Roll and Go.
Both times I basically applied for PhD programs before I left and hoped something would work out- the first time I was only accepted to my undergraduate institution so I went back there, the second time was rather down to the wire but hey you only need one acceptance. My current adviser still likes to brag a bit that he did a Skype interview with someone in Kathmandu though.
Edit: why is it when you type Skype it automatically links to that page? Hmm.
Go for it!
I wanted a job that allowed me to travel and that seemed to fit the bill. Not easy giving up a well paid, relatively secure job at the hight of a recession but hey oh.
Nice thing about a diving instructor is it tends to be seasonal which means if you can save enough money during that season you can travel for the other (or work somewhere else of course).
If anyone is ever on Gili Air come for a dive
It was great to have the security of a job when coming back for once although all the same 'settling back down' after travel problems!
Am considering purchasing another 6 weeks additional leave for the next 12 month period as well that will bump my leave up to about 3 months worth about this time next year. Will see what happens on the work front.
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