But what about working? Your career? Are you looking for a job here?
Questions similar to that have been brought up during my travels more often than I expected.
Then the questioner often continues by saying that they could never take time away from their career. They would have to start again from scratch and work their way up from the bottom.
Sometimes they look at me with pity in their eyes. Particularly if I let slip the price of the hostel where I live, or my daily budget.
I’ve had this conversation with two physicians, a judge, three lawyers, the list goes on.
None of them with actual experience with taking a timeout.
No matter what the future have in store, I’ve found that traveling like this is the best thing that’s happened to my career. I’m beginning to enjoy life a lot more. Learning what’s important and what’s not.
Important to me.
When – make that if – I go back to a normal job, I expect to enjoy it more. Which is worth everything.
Besides, since I quit my last job, the market for me has never been better. I’ve talked jobs with a lot more people than is common. Five to ten times more interesting opportunities than I used to get.
Is it international experience, or just plain existing that pays off?
I’ve so far said no to everyone, but recently started to say a tentative maybe.
I’ve completed the important part of my journey. Getting to know my family. If the assignment is challenging and fun, I’m game.
There is more than one way to explore the world and oneself.
Especially if the possibility should happen to be in an interesting city.
What offer would make you leave your current location and move to a different continent? I know my price, do you know yours?